Outreach/Houses of Worship/May 2009 Workshop Material

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The Green Needham Environmental Stewardship Workshop for Needham houses of worship was held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Needham. This historic institution, Needham's founding parish, recently completed a significant facility renovation and expansion that greatly increased the size and usability of its facilities while lowering energy costs and carbon footprint.

Green Needham hopes this workshop will jump-start dialogue, action and collaboration among Needham's houses of worship, within the congregations and their communities, and between the houses of worship and the larger community. Green Needham is pleased to help in any way possible as we move forward together.

Attending today's workshop were representatives from:

  • First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Needham
  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • United Congregational Church
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Temple Aliyah
  • Carter United Methodist Memorial Church
  • Christ Church Episcopal

Please contact Michael Greis, Eleanor Rosellini or Jim Glickman to follow up on the Workshop or on the 10% Energy Challenge, to publicize projects and accomplishments in your faith community or with questions or requests for help.

Below you'll find the workshop agenda and speakers, along with material referenced or discussed during the workshop by Tom Nutt-Powell from Mass Interfaith Power & Light.


Environmental Stewardship: Savings, Sustainability and Spirituality
Becoming Better Stewards of Creation Through Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

  • Welcome: Reverend John Buehrens, First Parish
  • Introduction of Speaker: Michael Greis, Chair of Green Needham
  • Presentation: Dr. Thomas Nutt-Powell, President and Co-Founder of Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light, will
  • share success stories from environmental stewardship programs in a range of organizations
  • discuss the opportunities and resources available
  • outline best practices and how to get started
  • Panel Discussion: Representatives of Needham houses of worship will discuss their own experiences with environmental stewardship programs, emphasizing how they were able to:
  • cut energy use and save money
  • take advantage of free resources
  • build community support
  • justify and undertake small and large investments in their facilities
Panel Participants:
Roger Ambuter, House chair at Beth Shalom and building manager at the Congregational Church
Carl Franceschi, Co-Chair of First Parish Building Committee and Architect and LEED Accredited Professional
  • Community-wide initiative: Eleanor Rosellini of the Green Needham Collaborative will present the 10% Energy Challenge, a community-wide effort to help residents save money by cutting their household energy use.
  • Questions and group discussion

Workshop Material

All the material from Mass Interfaith Power and Light, along with other information, is also available on the Mass Interfaith Power & Light web site. Our thanks to Tom Nutt-Powell for his presentation and participation.

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