Houses of Worship
Stewardship is an essential element in most religious traditions. An increasing number of religious denominations and individual congregations are embarking on sustainability initiatives. These may include improving the sustainability of their facilities as well as mission-based programs.
Green Needham has an Outreach program to and working with Needham's houses of worship. A number of Needham's faith-based communities have active sustainability/stewardship programs and more groups are being formed. We are seeking information about sustainability initiatives in Needham's Houses of Worship and would like to facilitate sharing of experiences and information.
Groups are welcome and encouraged to share information on these pages. (You may create a separate page or simply summarize your activities and contacts on this page. Examples of both are below.) If you are affiliated with any of our houses of worship and have information to share or would like help looking at sustainability, please e-mail Michael Greis or call (781 559-4623).
First Parish in Needham
- First Parish in Needham - has made sustainability a centerpiece of the renovation and expansion of their facilities. They anticipate that once all energy-saving measures have been implemented, the carbon footprint of their expanded facilities will be only 30% of what it was previously.
Carter Memorial United Methodist Church
- Carter Memorial United Methodist Church - is in the process of having an energy audit done by Mass Interfaith Power and Light
Temple Beth Shalom
- Temple Beth Shalom's active social action group, Shormei Adamah is conducting a congregation-wide carbon reduction campaign.
Congregational Church in Needham
Faith-based Sustainability Organizations
- "a non-profit initiative offering Massachusetts congregations of every religious tradition a comprehensive means of reducing energy consumption, lowering operating costs, and promoting clean, renewable energy in houses of worship and related buildings"
- Interfaith Power and Light, which now has organizations in 28 states, has its roots in Episcopal Power, a 1990's response to Global Warming that had early success buying renewable power for a group of California Episcopal Dioceses.