A009 Creating Greening Loans

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Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention affirm the vital witness of the Church to the effects of human-caused climate change as part of our witness as modern Christians and our concern for all who come after us, as we enact our Baptismal Covenant to “persevere in resisting evil” and “strive for justice and peace among all people,” and that the energy-inefficiency of our houses of worship undermine our ability to provide this witness; and be it further

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention recognize that the energy inefficiency of aging physical plants and the financial realities of parish budgets make it difficult for parishes to afford energy audits and to update their buildings to renewable and efficiency; and be it further

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention direct the Presiding Bishop’s office, with the input of the Episcopal Church Building Fund, to establish a mechanism to support the greening of Episcopal churches through low-interest loans or grants and that $500,000 be allocated to meet these goals in the 2019-2021 triennium, and that the Presiding Bishop’s Office present a status report to the 80th General Convention.


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