Greening Church Properties
Since 2009, Toronto United Church Council has given leadership to the church’s response to the environmental crises of our time through networking and educational initiatives. TUCC continues to work in partnership with United Church and partner organizations such as Greening Sacred Spaces, to find ways in which faith communities and mission units can reduce their carbon footprint.
The Sustainable Energy Loan Fund offers zero-interest loans for a wide range of capital projects designed to reduce the energy use of church properties. These can range from large projects such as the installation of solar panels, to the replacement of doors and windows, switching to LED lighting or the simple addition of insulation in walls and ceilings. See Capital Loans for more details.
How Green Is Your Church is a program, now completing its second year, organized in partnership with the social justice groups within Shining Waters Regional Council. Faith communities are challenged to become greener by aiming for certification through the Greening Sacred Spaces Green Certification Program. Three prizes of $1,000 are available for the best plan in each of three categories.
2018 prize winners were: Rosedale United Church, Grace United Church (Brampton), and Humbercrest United.
2019 prize winners were: St. Paul’s United Church (Orillia), Richmond Hill United Church, and Humber Valley United Church.