Applications Open for Complimentary Congregational Energy Audits

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Missouri Interfaith Power & Light are pleased to announce that a limited number of complimentary energy audits are once again available for congregations.  This effort is part of the 25 x 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign.

Applications will be accepted through March 18 at 5:00 pm CST and are available online here.

In 2014, a grant from the national USGBC funded 10 complimentary energy audits for houses of worship. Energy auditors from Microgrid Energy and Ross and Baruzzini conducted the audits.

Auditor Annie Smith wrote about her experience on Ross and Baruzzini’s blog and the national EdenKeeper Blog posted a three part series of stories about St. John’s Episcopal Church’s experience with their energy audit, written by local blogger and congregation member Jeff McIntire-Strassburg. You can read their stories here.

The 25 x 20 Energy Benchmarking Campaign was launched by the St. Louis Regional High Performance Building Initiative which is coordinated by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter, and supported by 19 building stakeholder organizations. The campaign challenges buildings to benchmark their energy use, aiming for a 25% reduction in regional building energy consumption by the year 2020. Learn more and take the 25×20 pledge online here.

The 25×20 Campaign encourages the use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free and secure online tool that tracks energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Any building can use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to manage energy and water use – schools, governments, congregations, businesses and retail stores.


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