Faithful Footprints

Helping the United Church of Canada reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Faithful Footprints

Helping the United Church of Canada reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Newo has been selected as Western Canada Regional Support Centre for Faithful Footprints, a program that aims to help the United Church of Canada reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 through energy-efficient retrofits at UCC churches.

How it works

The Faithful Footprint Grants provide up to $20,000 in matching funds for any United Church congregation, camp, or outreach ministry to carry out energy-efficiency upgrades. Congregations must submit two years’ worth of energy data to measure improvements in the building’s energy use and take part in an energy audit to determine where energy savings are to be found.

Faithful Footprints Grants may cover the following:

  • Insulation of attic or walls (where building systems allow)
  • Major air sealing (caulking and weatherstripping)
  • Converting lights to LEDs
  • Installation of energy efficiency heating and cooling system
  • Upgrading of windows
  • Replacement of appliances with new Energy Star appliances
  • Any projects recommended for your building from an energy audit
  • Solar installation if other actions have been done first.

There is also an additional $10,000 available to UCC buildings moving from a carbon-based heating system to an Energy Star, high efficiency electric system for space heating or water heating.

Grants and rebates

Faith buildings in Alberta and British Columbia are eligible to apply for provincial and municipal incentive programs, which are a great way to find matching funds to support your Faithful Footprints application. You can work with your regional support centre team and energy auditor to determine which government incentives might be applicable to your project.

To find out more about the program, connect with your regional coordinator, Cari Kilmartin, by phone: 780-216-1867 or email: cari@newo.energy

Top image credit: Brian Ferguson

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