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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.


We are seeking information about sustainability initiatives in Needham's Houses of Worship and would like to facilitate sharing of experiences and information. 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 - 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.


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.