Trinity Church in Menlo Park was one of five $1,000 prize winners, all who completed the Interfaith Power & Light 10% Challenge, which is a united effort by diverse religious communities to address global warming by reducing their carbon footprint at least ten percent. Trinity hosted a “10/10/10 Energy Party” focused on education and inspiration.
Approximately 250 congregations from 38 states entered the 10% Challenge. Participants upgraded lighting along with heating and cooling systems, planted native trees and landscaping, and inspired members to go green at home.
“The Interfaith Power & Light education and action covenant really helped mobilize our congregation to focus on our overall carbon footprint,” said The Reverend Frances Hall Kieschnick, senior associate rector at Trinity.
The other four winners are Congregation Brith Shalom of Houston, First Parish Church UCC, Brunswick, ME, Winston-Salem Friends Meeting, Winston Salem, NC, and Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation Earth Ministry, Atlanta. Thirty seven other congregations received certificates recognizing their achievement in completing the 10% Challenge.