Faith communities to offer pathways to clean energy March 30

Submitted by Faith in Place
Posted3/14/2019 9:34 PM

People across DuPage County and Illinois are interested in saving money and decreasing their carbon footprint with energy efficiency and clean energy opportunities.

The Future Energy Jobs Act of late 2016 offers a myriad incentives reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. Houses of worship are known for their conservative budgets and desire for social consciousness.


This makes for a perfect audience for the free seminar being planned by three organizations: Faith in Place, Congregations Collaborating for Sustainability and the DuPage Clean Energy Coalition.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, speakers will present topics on the need to act now to preserve the planet, the economic benefits of energy efficiency, and funding options for clean energy resources through the Future Energy Jobs Act.

The event also will feature case studies from fellow DuPage area congregations who have made the switch to clean energy or who have well functioning Green Teams.

It will be held at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 1828 Old Naperville Road, Naperville. Their solar panels that were relatively free will be one of the topics for discussion!

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The Rev. Scott Oberle, senior pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Downers Grove, will open the event. He believes that climate change is the number one justice issue confronting our generation and that it is inextricably linked to our economics.

Cynthia Thomas of ComEd will follow him with remarks on energy efficiency programs.

There are a number of free upgrades for lighting, occupancy switches and other savings available through evaluations with a specialist. Lastly, Dan Huntsha of Faith in Place will overview the benefits outlined in the Future Energy Jobs Act for funding for solar panels and cost saving programs.

Installing solar panels and making energy-efficient upgrades is now more affordable and accessible than ever. Come learn about how your faith community can save money, act locally on climate change, and continue down the path of stewardship together by being part of the clean energy transition.

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