Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently conducting a modified version of our original program. If your parish, school, or religious group is interested in participating, please contact us! We will work with you individually to accommodate your timeline and goals.
2020 was a challenging time but St. Thomas the Apostle in Fortville participated virtually and completed their goals and assessments. Thanks to all who made this happen!
2019 Pilot Summary
The Archindy Creation Care Commission is happy to congratulate the parishes and schools who participated in the 2019 Pilot Program!
- Holy Spirit Parish
- Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
- Scecina Memorial High School
- St. Mary Parish (Indianapolis)
- St. Matthew Parish
Over the course of the summer, these groups participated in long-term sustainability planning, conducted energy audits through IPL, and attended workshops and meetings to learn more about caring for creation and how to involve and excite their members.
Concluding Celebration – August 1, 2019
The concluding celebration of our sustainability pilot program took place on August 1 at Scecina Memorial High School. This was a wonderful opportunity to hear about the results of the pilot program and get a preview of the participants’ action plans as well.
Schedule of Events
|7:10-7:20||ReCap of Pilot Program|
|7:20-7:40||Highlights of Draft Action Plans – 4 minutes each|
|7:40- 7:55||Group Discussion/Feedback How to Improve Program|
|7:55-8||Closing Remarks/Closing Prayer|
Education Workshop – July 24, 2019
An interactive workshop was held on July 24, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes for participants to learn about the basics of climate change and its impact on Indiana, Catholic Social Teaching on climate change, and best management/operational practices.
Program Kickoff – May 30, 2019
A picnic program kickoff was held on Thursday, May 30 at the Benedict Inn. The program included a dinner, an icebreaker activity, a skit performed by members of the Creation Care Committee, and a Q&A session where attendees had the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the pilot program. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!
Workshop: Saving Energy in Sacred Spaces – May 29, 2019
An energy-focused workshop from Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light instructed by Ray Wilson. General topics covered were:
- Improving your building’s energy efficiency
- Living out your values by caring for creation
- Practicing what you preach about good stewardship
- Spending less on utilities and more on your mission
Those attending gained practical information about sealing the building envelope; maintaining and replacing HVAC equipment; using zoning and thermostats to slash energy waste; lighting technologies for various rooms; and detecting energy hogs in a building.