SILVER LEVEL MEMBERS
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian has created an Earth Care Team that works with staff to initiate sustainability projects at the church. The team communicates with congregation members and employees on sustainability tips, events and initiatives at the church. It also promotes environmental stewardship practices at community events. Westminster Presbyterian has focused its sustainability efforts in three areas: energy efficiency, waste reduction and biodiversity. In addition to recycling conventional items like office paper and aluminum cans, Westminster Presbyterian recycles Christmas tree lights, dry-cell batteries and printer ink cartridges. It has installed high-efficiency HVAC systems and upgraded lighting to LED technology. The church has incorporated native plants into its landscaping to attract pollinators, installed nesting boxes and feeders for birds, and phased out the use of fertilizers and chemicals on its property.
Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church
Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church has formed a Green Team that hosts regular meetings to discuss environmental topics. The green team works to incorporate sustainability into the congregation’s spiritual programs, events and studies. Additionally, the team tracks electricity, natural gas and water use at the church. Douglass Avenue Methodist has focused its sustainability efforts in the five areas: energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, green purchasing and biodiversity. In addition to recycling conventional items, vegetables and fruit waste are composted and food scraps from events are donated to a church neighbor who is raising chickens. The church is working to update its fluorescent and halogen lighting with more efficient LED lighting. Douglas Avenue Methodist uses non-toxic cleaning products, purchases recycled content paper products and prioritizes non/least toxic pest management measures. Finally, the church established an area for a community garden and plans to set aside additional space to create a pollinator garden.
GOLD LEVEL MEMBERS
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly
Several years ago, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly created a sustainability committee to oversee environmental and energy efforts at the consulting firm, including the development of an annual plan that guide its sustainability mission and initiatives. The sustainability committee provides opportunities for staff to suggest ideas and strategies for greening the firm’s engineering programs and services. CMT also encourages staff to participate in local sustainability initiatives, such as native plant restoration projects. CMT has focused its sustainability efforts in six areas: energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, vehicle emissions, green purchasing and biodiversity. CMT’s recycling program has diverted 20% of the office waste from landfilling. The firm has reduced building energy consumption by over 70% through a combination of equipment upgrades and the installation of a 394-kilowatt solar plant. It is purchasing Energy Star computers and phasing in T-5 lighting fixtures. Finally, CMT’s 25 engineering professionals routinely counsel communities and clients on ways to incorporate sustainability elements into infrastructure projects.
Maldaner’s Restaurant & Catering
Maldaner’s Restaurant works with its staff and local resource experts to identify and implement sustainability opportunities at the restaurant. Maldaner’s has focused its sustainability efforts in six areas: energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, green purchasing, renewable energy and biodiversity. Energy use at the restaurant has been reduced by 20% over last five years. Take-out orders are provided in compostable containers. Meals are made with locally grown fruits and vegetables, and plastic straws have been replaced with paper straws. 10-15 percent of the restaurant’s energy needs are provided by a 50-panel rooftop solar facility. The rooftop is also home to a beehive and native plant container garden for local pollinators. Maldaner’s has sponsored several sustainability-related events in the community, including Curb Your Car Commute Challenge, Annual Earth Awareness Fair and Capital City Century.
Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
The Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation has a Green Sanctuary Team that meets monthly to develop ways the congregation can function in a more environmentally sustainable manner. The team identifies and works with outreach efforts in the community. It also sponsors an Ecology Camp every summer where local youth can learn about energy efficiency, recycling and habitat protection. The congregation is focusing its sustainability efforts in six areas: energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, vehicle emissions, green purchasing, renewable energy and biodiversity. Lighting efficiency at the congregation’s facility has been increased by 60% through the installation of T-8 lights and electronic ballasts, LED task lighting, LED exit signs and occupancy sensors. The congregation has installed a 2.7-kilowatt solar system, which it plans to expand by 50% by 2020. It has established a grove of trees to provide shade, habitat and a carbon sink for the atmosphere. The congregation has also established a prairie to replace 20 percent of the mowed lawn on the property. It intends to diversify the plants over the coming year to provide greater support for local pollinators.