Earlier this week, we reported on the going green efforts of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Well, with the assistance of GREEN DMV, an environmental 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that educates low-income communities about environmental stewardship, three other D.C. area churches will be receiving $30,000 each to complete energy audits and perform energy efficient improvements to their facilities.
While the District of Columbia is increasingly becoming a more sustainable city and has been named the U.S. EPA’s #1 Green Power Community, many argue that not all D.C. residents are benefiting from the growing focus on sustainability and most benefactors are not located in low-income communities. So, in an effort to ensure that the green economy is inclusive of all D.C. residents, GREEN DMV launched the Green Faith Initiative to address the concern; and the funds are provided by a grant from the District Department of the Environment.
The initiative began this past Saturday with an event that included a diverse group of faith-focused panelists discussing the role that the faith-based community plays in ensuring that their communities embrace environmental stewardship. The panelists discussed how the community should take personal responsibility for protecting the planet as a biblical mandate.
Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership for U.S. Health and Human Services, said, “Faith-based communities play a very important part in making sure that they are actively engaged in sustainability activities”.
The event ended with a raffle in which the three churches were awarded the $30,000 grants. The winners were Good Success Christian Church in Northeast, Miracle Temple Non-Denominational Church in Southeast and Metropolitan AME Church in Northwest. Improvements designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and help them save money on their utility costs will also help create green jobs.
GREEN DMV is a 2010 EPA Mid-Atlantic Environmental Excellence award winning environmental 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that educates low-income communities about environmental stewardship. GREEN DMV’s mission is to promote the economic advancement of low-income communities by creating a national culture of environmental values. GREEN DMV accomplishes its mission by harnessing environmental sound practices that benefit those on the margins as well as the community at large and empower them to make decisions that benefit the planet. www.greendmv.org