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• Wednesday, May 12th, 2010


On Earth Day weekend I visited my home area of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

In addition to speaking to a group about my book, Green Kingdom Come, I met with staff at Trinity English Lutheran Church. The church building has a green roof and steeple.  In 2009 Trinity was the first congregation to win an Energy Patriot Award from U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana.

The Trinity story stimulated new words for a familiar hand game to show children.

“Here’s the green church.  Here’s the green steeple.  Open the door, and see the green people.”

Trinity, in a $5 million remodeling program in 2008-2009, insulated walls and roof, dug three geothermal wells for heating and cooling, and installed solar panels to generate electricity.

The manager of Energy Star for Congregations, Jerry Lawson, says that the 300,000 houses of worship in the U.S. can conserve $200 million a year by greening their buildings, the equivalent of taking 400,000 cars off the road.  Lawson’s organization has comprehensive on-line guides with cost-tracking software and free Web-based seminars.

Lawson says that the green movement in houses of worship, like the Trinity example, has taken off in the last three years.

Article on Trinity by Rosa Salter Rodriguez, “Divine Power,” Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, Nov. 7, 2009

Time line of the Trinity green building project

Energy Star for Congregations

Trinity Church photograph by Joe Grabill

“Here is the church”

Jerry Lawson

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