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Dear Friends,
Since 2003, Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (Mi-IPL) has partnered with more than 200 congregations to make a
religious response to global warming. Mi-IPL offers the faith community people tools to become better stewards of
Creation. One such tool is the ‘Cool Congregations’ program, created by Iowa IPL and now offered by all the state
affiliates of the national Interfaith Power & Light campaign.

What is ‘Cool Congregations’? It’s a multi-year program to help members of your congregation reduce their
contribution to global warming. What makes this program successful and fun is that it uses existing groups at your
congregation to spread activity, it regularly celebrates success, it builds community through house parties and other
kinds of small group implementation, and it provides easy places for people to begin.
In this manual, you’ll find everything you need to help your congregation become a Cool Congregation.

    1.   Start with the ‘How to Get Organized’ document behind Tab 1. It explains what a ‘Cool Congregation’ is and
         the basic steps to becoming one. Following that behind Tab 1 is a worksheet to record your plans.
    2.   Then take a look at the ‘Carbon Footprint Checklist’ behind Tab 2. It explains the information you need to
         gather to use the Cool Congregations calculator. The calculator tutorial is next behind Tab 2. You’ll be entering
         your gathered info in Excel, but you might as well get a sense of what to expect.
    3.   Behind Tab 3 you’ll find a sample of a family’s pledge sheet, where you can see an example of how you make
         your commitments to change your practices and reduce your carbon footprint. This is actually part of the
         calculator, so you won’t fill it out like this – it’s just there to help you recognize it when you see it in the
         calculator. Also behind Tab 3, to help you figure out where to make those changes, you’ll find two lists of
         Simple Steps people can take, with the carbon weight of each step. These lists are divided into steps costing
         less than $25 each and those costing more.
    4.   Now you have the basic sense of what the program is about. If you’re the head of a green team who’ll
         introduce it to your own congregation, take a look behind Tab 4. You’ll find some documents there that can
         help you get the word out. There are sample bulletin announcements and flyers, several newsletter articles,
         and a 50-minute program for an Adult Education class.
    5.   One of the most successful ways to recruit folks at your congregation to participate is through a series of house
         parties. You’ll find sample scripts for those parties behind Tab 5.
    6.   You’ll also want to be sure that you measure your impact after a year. You’ll find the reduction reporting
         sheets for individuals and the whole congregation behind tab 6. You’ll also find an agenda for the wrap-up
         fourth house party there.
All of these documents and the carbon calculator program are available electronically on
www.miipl.org website. Go to ‚Resources‛ on the left menu bar and then to #5 ‚Free
Downloads‛.

Remember that our IPL Campaign can help you every step of the way. We offer ShopIPL, a discounted shopping cart
through www.miipl.org (click on ‚Shop Now and Save‛ on the left menu bar), that can help you to save money on
energy efficient lighting and Energy Star appliance. We also have a partnership with ABC Warehouse that offers
discounted Energy Star appliances to all Mi-IPL members.




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COOL CONGREGATIONS TABLE OF CONTENTS
Tab 1   Getting Organized
        How To Get Organized (1-1)
        ‘Let’s Get Organized’ worksheet (1-2)

Tab 2   Calculating Your Footprint
        The Worksheet (2-1)
        Calculator Tutorial (2-2)

Tab 3   Reducing Your Footprint
        Sample Pledge Form (3-1)
        25 Simple Steps under $25 (3-2)
        25 Simple Steps over $25 (3-3)

Tab 4   Recruiting at Your Congregation
        Bulletin Announcement (4-1)
        Flyer (4-2)
        Newsletter Article (4-3)
        Newsletter Article from a Guinea Pig (4-4)
        ‚What to Expect‛ Article (4-5)
        Adult Education Class for Recruiting (4-6)

Tab 5   House Parties
        Script for House Party #1 (5-1)
        Script for House Party #2 (5-2)
        Script for House Party #3 (5-3)

Tab 6   Celebrating One Year Later
        Script for House Party #4 (6-1)
        Individual Reduction Report (6-2)
        Congregational Reduction Report (6-3)




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                                      1-1. HOW TO GET ORGANIZED

Running a Cool Congregation program is fun. There are just six basic steps to getting started…

    1.   Form Your Green Team
    2.   Pick a Guinea Pig (or Several)
    3.   Engage Your Congregational Leaders (clergy and lay)
    4.   Educate Your Congregation
    5.   Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
    6.   Measure Your Reductions & Celebrate!

The six steps listed above are vital to a successful program, but you may have your own ideas how to implement
them. What follows are suggestions.

Also behind this tab you will find a worksheet to record your plans with questions to guide your planning process, based on the
information you will read here.


    1. Form Your Green Team (first month)

Your green team is perhaps the most important part of the Cool Congregations program. You can’t do this alone, who
would want to? Many hands make light work – and besides, it’s just more fun that way.

The green team members need to:

       measure their own household carbon footprints
       find ways to reduce them
       teach from their own experience to the rest of the congregation
       organize events, write articles and promote Cool Congregations in a variety of ways


    2. Pick a Guinea Pig (or Several) (months 1-3)

The next most important thing you need is a guinea pig! Nothing convinces people like real life examples.

You might think the place to start is with your congregation’s greenest family, but that is not usually the best choice.
Your best guinea pig is going to be someone new to this, and willing to make the necessary changes – whether that is a
financial investment in lighting, or behavioral changes. Your best guinea pig will not be someone who already lives in
a passive solar home, uses CFLs and drives a Prius, because they won’t be able to demonstrate much progress to
others in the congregation, and they are already living at a standard which will feel unreachable.

Once you’ve found someone willing, here’s how to figure your Guinea Pig’s convincing case:

       Measure their footprint using the excel calculator explained in Tab 3
       Help them consider ways to reduce using the 25 Simple Steps (both versions) in Tab 3


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    
       Have them make a pledge
       Measure again after two or three months
       Figure their carbon savings (using the calculator again and comparing)
       Estimate total carbon savings for a one-year period
       Figure their financial savings
       Estimate total financial savings for a one-year period
       Figure out how soon your guinea pig will receive ‘payback’ (how long it takes to recoup their investment in
         lighting and appliances through lower utility bills. For example: Ann made some behavior changes and spent
         $12 on CFLs and started saving $100/month immediately through her combined actions. Payback? Less than
         one month.)

All these steps will be clear after reading this first document.

You could use also use Kate’s illustration below as a model. The carbon emissions coming just from the electricity in
Kate's home used to total 20,000 pounds. After learning this, she:

       Changed 75% of her bulbs to compact fluorescent and got better about turning off her lights, which reduced
         her electricity use by 50%
       Saved 10,000 pounds of carbon in the first year alone, just from switching bulbs
       Made an initial investment of just under $200
       Reached payback after 4 months
       Annual savings were $600.

One congregation that used this program secured three "lead families" -- one retired couple, one family with two
teenage children, and one with younger children.


    3. Engage Your Congregational Leaders (Clergy and Lay) (first month)

Your Cool Congregations program will benefit by your congregational leaders’ engagement.

To get their involvement, you may have to give them a crash course in:

    1.   Global Warming
    2.   Religious Response to global warming
    3.   Interfaith Power & Light Campaign
    4.   Cool Congregations Program
    5.   The congregation facility carbon footprint contest and calculator located on the web at
         www.coolcongregations.com.

How far along in the above progression of awareness are your faith leaders?
For instance, have they seen An Inconvenient Truth? Have they given sermons about the religious response to global
warming? Do they know about Interfaith Power & Light, or Cool Congregations?




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Where do you need to begin on this progression? Some congregations have held Introductory Evenings just for the
congregational clergy and lay leaders – a party at someone’s home where the program is introduced, footprints are
measured, the guinea pig example is offered, and pledges are solicited. You might show a film at such an evening, if
your governing body is very new to the issue.

Many congregational boards may prefer that you present the program to them at their regularly scheduled meeting
instead (so that you don’t add another evening to their schedules).

To do this, here are a few suggested steps:

Step 1 Speak to your faith leaders

Ideally you would like their enthusiastic support! Talk to them about making Cool Congregations a part of your faith
community’s regular stewardship efforts. Tell them about your green team’s willingness to lead it. Work with your
faith leader to arrange for your green team to make a presentation to the lay governing body, to get them on board too.

(Your faith leaders may not be able to be leaders or volunteer as guinea pigs on the project, but you should certainly
seek them out early in your work, and then keep them informed as you make progress.)

Step 2 Prepare to speak to your lay governing board

Once you have arranged with your faith leader to make a half hour presentation to the lay governing board…

One way to interest the lay governing board is to measure their carbon footprints so they can see their own personal
impact.

To do this, collect the data from your board members ahead of time, and have their footprints already calculated and
ready to hand out at the meeting. (Give your green team 2-3 wks to do this, you may have to help the board members
individually to get it done.)

Step 3 Speak to your lay governing board

At the board mtg:

1. Address the religious response to global warming (2 mins)

2. Give them a thorough description of a Cool Congregations Stewardship program and how great it is for building
community and lowering energy costs. (3 mins)

3. Share your Guinea pig’s case, or if you don’t yet have your guinea pig’s results, share their footprint, pledge and
hoped-for reductions. (5 mins)

4. Show board members their footprints. Remind them they are not alone in causing the problem, or in solving it. We
are all in this together.

5. Invite them to make a pledge, as leaders, to lead the way for others.



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6. And of course ask for their endorsement of your program. (4.,5.,6. = 15 mins)

Emphasize that the congregation should measure its own building footprint too (at www.coolcongregations.com) and
ask for their authorization to gather information from the congregation’s administrator in order to do that.

You can use some of these slides to create a short presentation, with your own guinea pig’s case, and a statement from
your own faith tradition. Or have your faith leader speak to the religious response to global warming and your guinea
pig present their own case.

Don’t forget to offer follow-up support to your board members to help them keep their pledges and check their impact
at years-end.

Send them home with a starter gift! CFLs, shower timers, etc.


    4. Educate Your Congregation (months 1-3)

While your Guinea Pig is making their changes at home and helping you build a great test case, you have the perfect
opportunity to education your congregation about global warming, our religious response, and our personal
responsibility to do something about it. We can’t emphasize enough how important this step is. People have to see a
need before they will act. Many people still don’t understand what global warming is, how serious it is, that our faiths
call us to care for creation.

Just as you did with the leadership of your congregation, you will have to ask yourself where you need to begin on a
progression of awareness to reach out to the congregation as a whole. We don’t have a litmus test for you to determine
where to begin, but if you haven’t shown movies like ‚Renewal‛ or had speakers on the subject at your adult
education sessions, we suggest you begin there. Interfaith Power & Light can recommend resources , where to get
them, and we have a speakers bureau of volunteers trained to come and speak to you. Contact us to arrange for any of
that. We also have a shopping cart on our website (ShopIPL) that offers energy efficient lighting fixtures at a
significant discount. Be sure to let your congregation members know about the website and the discount code
(‚ShopIPL‛) to make their pledge fulfillment easier.

To move the congregation you will need to reach out to them in more than one way. Your Green Team can host a
movie night, put articles in the congregational newsletter and bulletin, arrange resources for small groups meeting in
your congregation, work with your clergy to focus sermons on global warming, have an entire worship service on the
theme of caring for creation, and bring in speakers for adult education.


    5. Help Members of Your Congregation Reduce Their Carbon Footprints
       (months 4-16)

Once you’ve got your congregation primed and pumped up, and your Guinea Pig(s) savings have been tallied, then
you take your program to the whole congregation. You’ll start by promoting the Guinea Pig’s story in worship, in
your newsletter, in bulletin announcements – everywhere you can.




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Then you may use a variety of approaches to get scores of others in your congregation to follow suit. Here are a few
models of how to organize yourselves. Some have worked better than others, so we feature four of them (and include
a word or two about why we don’t recommend others).

But first, the answers to these questions will help you decide what your style is:
         How large is your congregation?
         How many are on your green team?

It’s important to set a goal for number of participants.
        How many families do you hope will participate in the first year?
        The second year?
        The third year?

It’s okay to start with a small group. Collect testimonials and share your progress with the whole congregation as you
go – in this way you will attract others.

House Party - In the faith community we know about the effectiveness of small groups! They have the highest
likelihood of helping to bring about real change because folks can support one another, and hold one another
accountable. Besides, house parties are fun!

You’ll find the scripts or agendas for the first three House Parties behind Tab 5. The fourth House Party script, which
is held 12 months after folks have pledged, is behind Tab 6. Also behind Tab 6 are the reduction results reporting
forms, and one for the congregational group total for submitting to Interfaith Power and Light so they can tally a state
total.

Small Group Ministries – If people don’t have time to come to a house party, you could go to them! Using the
house party scripts, you might integrate Cool Congregations into existing small group ministries at their regular
gathering times and places. Perhaps you have a young adult ministry that would welcome Cool Congregations as a
program one evening, and where the participants might challenge each other to see who can reduce the most. Your
knitting ministry might welcome the conversation as they work on their shawls and blankets. The Choir might be
willing to be a group guinea pig, and you might have neighborhood-based groups that would also welcome the
material at their gatherings. Use the infrastructure that already exists to organize people, and see how you can bring
the information to them.

Some groups in your congregation will need you to lead them through several meetings to complete the program. So
with house parties, small groups and neighborhood groups, consider using the following process.

You may want to divide the organizing duties into:
   1. Host - could be the small group leader
   2. MC - conducting the programming
   3. Record Keeper - in charge of the carbon footprint records for all participants

First visit:    Explain program, invite participation.
                Show Guinea Pig’s case


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                Hand out carbon footprint checklist, explain how to fill it out.

                What to bring: program flyers, Guinea Pig’s case, carbon footprint checklist

Second visit:   Calculate participants’ footprints
                Hand out two lists of Simple Steps (Tab 3)
                Give them their pledge sheet from the calculator
                Discuss options – encourage them to look at utility offers

                What to bring: computer, printer to print footprints, copies of both lists of Simple Steps
                Optional: small lamp with a CFL or string of LED holiday lights, a CFL for each participant, info on
                local utility energy efficiency offerings, rebates, etc.

Third visit:    Collect pledge sheet
                Ask how it’s going for participants in choosing and implementing actions
                Let people know about the congregation-wide gathering in a year to celebrate the actual reductions
                people have made

                What to bring: info on Energy Star refrigerators, ceiling fans, etc. or any nifty energy saving device you
                think would be of interest – how about a power strip? 6% of our electricity nationwide is spent on the
                ‚instant on‛ feature. Cut that by using a power strip.

Festival – A large church in Iowa held two large Cool Congregations festivals as a way to begin. They promoted the
Guinea Pig’s story extensively in worship and their newsletter so that people were excited to learn more. Folks signed
up ahead of time and were given the Carbon Footprint Checklist to complete and bring to the festival. A global
warming video played while festival-goers waited for their footprints to be calculated at banks of computers run by
volunteers. There were booths of info from the utility company on rebates, heating and cooling options, lighting
displays, etc.

Sounds good right? Well the problem lies in the follow-up. Each participating family has to be contacted 2 or 3 times
to make sure they are following through. Make sure you have that set up before you try this one. If you choose this
route, find a way to remind people without nagging.

To plan a festival, you may want to divide the duties into:
    1. Organizer - in charge overall
    2. Cheerleader - recruiting participants
    3. Booths - recruit educational displays for booths
    4. Movie Mogul - get and run the movie
    5. Calculator - in charge of calculation stations
    6. Record Keeper - in charge of the carbon footprint records for all participants
    7. Phone volunteers – to call people to remind them about follow-up




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Your Own Innovations! Perhaps you will devise a style of your own. If so, keep us posted so we can tell others
about your innovations.

Just putting the info on Cool Congregations on a table will do nothing. Some churches have tried this, and guess what?
Nothing has happened. This is an interactive program, and it’s fun to do together. It helps to build community and
grow the faith around a very important moral issue of our time.


    6. Measure Your Reductions & Celebrate (month 18)

Twelve months from making their pledges, you’ll want to ask your participating congregational members to measure
their results. This is done at a final House Party (6-1). You’ll want to send the ‘Carbon Footprint Checklist’ back out to
everyone beforehand. At the final event you will once again measure everyone’s footprint using the calculator, and
figure out how much smaller it has become. That individual result is tabulated on the individual reporting sheet (6-2).
Your green team will then capture all the individual results and summarize them on the congregational reporting
form (6-3). Be sure you send that one back to your state Interfaith Power and Light office so that we can celebrate with
you!

Some congregations have held annual awards ceremonies where they handed out prizes in different categories, with
award names like ‘Biggest Loser’, ‘Least Flighty’, etc.

And we urge you to participate in the national competition of the Interfaith Power & Light campaign to reduce the
footprint of your congregational building at the same time. Biggest reductions will be rewarded with prizes. Go to
www.coolcongregations.com to learn more and to see the calculator for congregational buildings.




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                            1-2. USE THIS ‚LET’S GET ORGANIZED‛
                            WORKSHEET TO RECORD YOUR PLANS

1. GREEN TEAM – You can’t do this alone! Many hands make light work.

If your congregation doesn’t have a Green Team yet, name potential members from your congregation and note which
one of you is going to recruit which person:




 Or will you make an announcement recruiting green team members and call a short meeting to explain what it is
about after a service? If so, who will do this? How? (Bulletin announcement, verbal announcement? Weekly e-mail to
congregation?)




Or will you do something else to gather your green team? Name the particulars here:




Once you have that team, ask them to come up with a name – what will the group call themselves? Got any ideas for
starters?




2. GUINEA PIGs – You need concrete examples to convince others.

   1.   Calculate your green team members’ carbon footprints using the Excel calculator on the cd you received at the
        workshop and the tutorial printed in Tab 2. This will give you good practice to help your Guinea Pigs soon
        and all the other members of your congregation in a few months. Look at both lists of Simple Steps in Tab 3
        and the sample pledge sheet and your own pledge sheet, and begin thinking about how each of you will
        reduce your footprints. Which carbon reduction actions interest you today? Be sure to leave with some ideas
        to try out on your family.

        By what date will you have your pledge sheet filled out and turned in?




        Who will keep track of these pledge sheets? (Be sure to return a copy to the participant.)




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    2.   Who will be your guinea pig(s) from the wider congregation? Don’t forget to consider your clergy person!
         Who will ask them?



    3.   Who will help them calculate their footprint, make a pledge, recalculate in 2-3 months, and write up their case
         per the example? And by when?



3. ENGAGE YOUR CONGREGATIONAL LEADERS

Where are you congregation’s leaders on this progression of awareness?

            Global Warming – have they seen ‘An Inconvenient Truth’?
            Religious Response to global warming – Have you heard sermons on the topic?
            Interfaith Power & Light Campaign - Do they know about it?
            Cool Congregations Program
            The congregation facility carbon footprint contest and calculator located on the web at
             www.coolcongregations.com.

Who is going to meet with your clergy person to get his or her approval?
By when is this meeting going to happen?

If you decide to hold a special party or introductory evening program for your leadership, what are the elements of
that evening, and who is responsible for each of them?

If you decide to present to a regularly scheduled governing body (board, vestry) meeting , here are a few questions:

Will you measure the carbon footprints of the members of the board? If so, who will help them collect their data on
their energy usage ahead of time?



Who will measure their carbon footprints ahead of time?




Who will do the presentation? Will you divide it up among several people?
      -Address the religious response to global warming
      - Describe Cool Congregations
      - Share Guinea Pig’s case
      - Walk board through their footprints, invite them to pledge
      - Ask for endorsement
      - Tell about congregational facility contest
      - Follow-up


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4. EDUCATE CONGREGATION

What has your congregation already done to educate members about global warming and our religious response to it?

        Shown ‚An Inconvenient Truth‛
        Shown the documentary ‚Renewal‛ featuring seven faith-based environmental groups in the U.S., including
         Faith in Place and Interfaith Power & Light
        Held an Adult Education class
        Invited a Faith in Place speaker to teach a workshop
        Heard about global warming in sermons
        Written articles in your newsletter
        Organized a Bike to Worship day
        Other ________________________________________________
        Other ________________________________________________

Consider what else you can do to raise awareness in your congregation.




List target dates and who might be asked to be in charge of the above events.




How will you get the word out about these events?




5. REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Use house parties, small groups and other ways to get as many members of your congregation as possible to use the
calculator, make a pledge and reduce their carbon footprint.

You may want to record ideas here on how to proceed, even though you may not be ready to begin your program. Just
to keep track of them.

The answers to these questions will help you decide what your style will be.

    1.   How large is your congregation?

    2.   How many are on your green team?




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    3.   How many families do you hope will participate in the first year?

    4.   What is your long-term goal?

    5.   Target date for beginning:

What are the methods you’ll use to recruit people? Which groups will you approach and ask to present at their
upcoming meetings/gatherings?




Who might be a good choice for which task? What might be a target date for completion for each task?




Take time to reflect and articulate why you are each doing this. What is your religious motivation? Be ready to share
this freely with others.




6. MEASURE YOUR REDUCTIONS & CELEBRATE!

What is your year-end event that you will you hold to get everyone’s results back?



How will you make sure that everyone re-gathers their information on the Carbon Footprint Checklist, so that
footprints can be re-measured at this final gathering?



Who will be present at the event to help people re-enter data?



How will you celebrate reduced footprints? Will you hold an awards ceremony? Who will be your audience?



Who will tabulate all the individual results onto the congregation total reporting sheet and send that sheet back to the
Interfaith Power & Light State office?

If your congregation takes part in the congregational facility contest, who will perform the final tabulations for the
congregation’s building at www.coolcongregations.com?

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                         2-1. CARBON FOOTPRINT CHECKLIST-
                       Here’s what you need to use the Cool Congregations calculator:

1) GENERAL INFORMATION: Print clearly. Someone else may be entering your data.

        Email Address: _______________________________ (So we can send you your data and reports)

        State: Michigan (It should be set by default by the calculator. Check to make sure it is correct.)

        Family Surname: ______________________________ (Used to identify reports and file that get created for you.)

        # of Family Members: _______ (Customizes the size of the input form, summary report, & pledge sheet)

        # of Automobiles/Vehicles: ______(Customizes the size of the input form, summary report, & pledge sheet)

2) TYPE OF MEALS / WEEK: For each family member indicate the number of each type of meals eaten per
week in the table below. Include their first name as each individual will be tracked on the summary sheet and pledge
sheet pie chart. The number of meals should add up to 21 meals/ week. The calculator can accommodate families as
large as 12 members.

Standard Meal: A standard meal consists of meat, poultry, fish, dairy (milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt), and eggs.

Vegetarian Meal: A vegetarian meal contains NO animal flesh (meat, poultry, fish or seafood). It may contain dairy
        (milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt) and eggs.

Vegan Meal: A Vegan Meal contains only plant-based foods. It does NOT contain any animal flesh (meat, poultry,
        fish, or seafood), dairy (milk, butter, cheese, or yogurt), eggs or other animal products such as honey.

      Individuals Name          Standard Meals /    Vegetarian Meals    Vegan Meals /
                                Week                / Week              Week                Note: The calculator is
                                                                                            based on eating 3 meals
1                                                                                           /day. If you eat only 2 or 1
                                                                                            meals /day you still need to
2
                                                                                            enter 21 meals / week
3                                                                                           instead of 14 or 7. Split the
4                                                                                           21 meals proportionally
5                                                                                           based on the type of meals
                                                                                            you consume. The reason for
6                                                                                           this is that the basal
7                                                                                           metabolism for all people is
8                                                                                           roughly the same whether
                                                                                            you get your energy needs
9                                                                                           from 1, 2, or 3 meals. What
10                                                                                          is important is not how many
11                                                                                          times a day you eat but the
                                                                                            number of calories you
12                                                                                          intake and their source.

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                       2-1. CARBON FOOTPRINT CHECKLIST- Cont’d

3) MILES DRIVEN and MILES PER GALLON: Estimate for each car for the last 12 months. (Don’t know?
Go to www.fueleconomy.gov. In the lower left-hand corner of the page select "MPG estimate from Users," then select
your make and model and choose the EPA combined average.) (The average U.S. resident drives 15,000 miles per
year.)

    Car #           Year             Make              Model        Current Odometer   Annual Mileage   MPG(mile per
                                                                        Reading                           gallon)
1
2
3
4

The calculator will handle up to 4 vehicles per family. Have you remembered to include all automobiles, trucks,
motorcycles, RV’s, ATV’s, motor boats, or snowmobiles?

4) FLIGHT MILES: Estimate of the miles flown by each member of your family for the last 12 months. Don't
know? Go to www.webflyer.com/travel/milemarker/. Select cities flown to and from to get miles traveled. Count each
flight for each family member separately, even if they flew on the same flight.

            Total Flight Miles for all family members: ___________________________________

5) UTILITY INFO: Gather totals for the last 12 months.

            Electricity (kWh) _____________________________________

            Natural Gas (therms)__________________________________
            (If units on bill are in ‚mcf,‛ then 1 mcf x 10.3 = 1 therm)
            (If units on bill are in ‚ccf‛, then 1 ccf x 1.03 = 1 therm)

If you can’t get your actual data because you live in a multi-unit building, 1,400 therms is the annual average for a
Michigan household)

I don’t keep 12 months of utility bills. Can I get this information from my utility provider? YES! Ask for your
usage (not dollar amounts) over the phone, or go to their web sites:

Call DTE Energy, at 1-800-477-4747 or visit www.mydteenergy.com
Call Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050
Call Lansing Board of Water and Light at 517-702-6000


6) GARBAGE (Total gallons per week) _________________ (kitchen bags are 13 gallons, large garbage bags are 33)



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                                 3-2. COOL CONGREGATIONS
                          25 Steps under $25 to Reduce Global Warming

Who ever said you have to spend a lot of dough or shiver in the cold and dark to better care for the earth? We didn’t!
We think Mother Nature wants us to be smart and comfortable. By using power more efficiently, we reduce our carbon
dioxide emissions, thus slowing down the pace of global warming and in turn, save money. Some even use that
savings to invest in our second list of ‚25 over $25.‛ Come on, show Mother Nature you’re no dim bulb!

LIGHTING
1. Buy energy-efficient CFL bulbs for your most-used lights. About $1/bulb (see ShopIPL on www.miipl.org )
         CO2 reduction (by replacing one frequently used bulb): about 180 pounds a year.
2. Turn off unneeded lights.
         CO2 reduction: 380 pounds a year.
3. Replace halogen lamp with compact fluorescent lamp.
         CO2 reduction: 475 pounds a year.
4. Light your Christmas tree with LED lights rather than incandescent.
         CO2 reduction: 122 pounds a season.

HOME APPLIANCES / GADGETS
5. Unplug/dispose of old fridge in basement.
         CO2 reduction: 2500 pounds a year.
6. Line dry clothes in summer. CO2 reduction: 780 pounds a year. Line dry clothes all year
         (using indoor clothes drying rack adds benefit of additional humidity in the winter.)
         CO2 reduction: 1400 pounds a year.
         OR use one less dryer load/wk      CO2 reduction: 200 pounds a year.
7. Cut phantom electric loads in half…buy surge protectors for TVs/stereo and turn off home office equipment when
not      in use. (Phantom loads account for 6% of electric usage in the US).
         CO2 reduction: 500 pounds a year.
8. Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Use the energy-saving setting to dry dishes. Don't use heat when
drying. CO2 reduction: 200 pounds a year.
9. Use a manual push mower. (Blade sharpening @ Blain’s Farm & Fleet $6/blade, ea 2-3 yrs)
          CO2 reduction: 80 pounds a year.

HOME HEATING AND COOLING
10. Ask your utility company for an energy audit to find out where your home is poorly insulated or energy-
   inefficient.
        CO2 reduction: Potentially, thousands of pounds a year.
11. Don't overheat or overcool rooms. Adjust your thermostat (lower in winter, higher in summer)
         CO2 reduction (for each 2-degree adjustment): 500 pounds a year.
12. Clean or replace air filters as recommended. Cleaning a dirty air conditioner filter can
         save 5% of the energy used.
         CO2 reduction: About 175 pounds a year.




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HOME HEATING AND COOLING-Cont’d
13. Install programmable thermostat to automatically adjust temperatures.
         CO2 reduction: 600 pounds a year.
14. Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows to plug air leaks.
         CO2 reduction: Up to 1350 pounds a year.

WATER
15. Reduce showers time by 5 min/person. (Showers account for 2/3 water heating costs.)
         CO2 reduction: 250 pounds/person a year.
16. Wash clothes in warm or cold water, not hot.
        CO2 reduction (for two loads a week): 500 pounds a year.
17. Turn down your water heater thermostat; 120 degrees is hot enough.
         CO2 reduction (for each 10 degree adjustment): 500 pounds a year.
18. Install low-flow shower heads to use less hot water.
         CO2 reduction: Up to 300 pounds a year.
19. Install faucet aerators.
         CO2 reduction: 20 pounds/faucet a year.
20. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket (only if it is over 5 years old)
         CO2 reduction: Up to 1000 pounds a year.

GETTING AROUND
21. Whenever possible walk, bike, carpool or use mass transit.
        CO2 reduction (for every gallon of gasoline you save): 20 pounds.
22. Check the inflation in your auto’s tires monthly. Increases fuel efficiency.
        CO2 reduction: 250 pounds a year.
23. Change your auto’s air filter according to manufacturer’s specifications.
        CO2 reduction: 200 pounds a year

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
24. Reduce waste by recycling: (for every gallon of garbage reduced/wk, you save 100 pounds).
       CO2 Reduction for 10 less gallons/wk: 1000 pounds a year
25. Reduce waste by buying minimally packaged goods; choose reusable products over disposable ones, begin
       composting, reuse your own cloth grocery bags, buy food in bulk.
       CO2 reduction (if you cut down your garbage by one gallon/wk): 100 pounds/ year

OTHER / EQUALLY IMPORTANT
    Urge government leaders to raise mpg standards for cars to 45 mpg and SUVs and other
       Light trucks to 34 mpg. It’s one of the biggest steps we can take to control climate change, meaning billions of
       pounds of CO2/yr.
    Support the development of renewables from your local electric company! Reduce waste and promote
       energy-efficient measures at your school or workplace. Work in your community to set up recycling
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 OTHER / EQUALLY IMPORTANT-Cont’d
    Buy Fresh Buy Local and Buy Organic. The chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply
      and require energy to produce.
    Reduce meat & animal product consumption1 and in turn reduce harmful methane gases. Try one of the
      following twelve lifestyle changes on a weekly basis:
    Reduce meat & animal product consumption1 and in turn reduce harmful methane gases. Try one of the
      following twelve lifestyle changes on a weekly basis:
          1. Replace one Standard Meal with a Vegetarian Meal       100 lbs of CO2 equivalent /year
          2. Replace one Vegetarian Meal with a Vegan Meal           79 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          3. Replace one Standard Meal with a Vegan Meal            179 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          4. One Vegetarian Day (Replace 3 Standard Meals)          300 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          5. One Vegan Day (Replace 3 Vegetarian Meals)             236 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          6. One Vegan Day (Replace 3 Standard Meals)               536 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          7. Daily Vegetarian Meal (Replace 7 Standard Meals)       700 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          8. Daily Vegan Meal (Replace 7 Vegetarian Meals)          550 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          9. Daily Vegan Meal (Replace 7 Standard Meals)            1250 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          10. Change from a Standard Diet to a Vegetarian Diet      2098 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          11. Change from a Vegetarian Diet to a Vegan Diet         1650 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
          12. Change from a Standard Diet to a Vegan Diet           3748 lbs of CO2 equivalent/year
    Invest in businesses using and/or producing alternative energy sources or in other ways addressing climate
      change issues.

References: 1Dr. David Pimental, Environmental Defense, Rocky Mountain Institute, TenPercentChallenge, National
Catholic Rural Life Conference, Seattle City Light, The Tides Foundation/StopGlobalWarming
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                                 3-3. COOL CONGREGATIONS
                           25 Steps over $25 to Reduce Global Warming

While the US accounts for only 4% of the world’s population, we generate nearly 30% of worldwide CO2 emissions.
The good news is we can use the smarts of our technologies to bring that percentage down, it just takes an investment
on the front end. Meanwhile, we all know it’s about more than assuaging guilt or spending money, but with payback
rates of 5 years or less on most of the below, we think a little fiscal-friendly motivation never hurt anyone.

LIGHTING
1. Replace incandescent lights with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescents. About $2/bulb.
       CO2 reduction: 180 pounds/bulb a year!
2. Replace outdoor incandescent holiday lights with LED.
        CO2 reduction: up to 2300 pounds (10 strings a season).

HOME APPLIANCES / GADGETS
3. Replace old fridge (at least 10 years old) with ENERGY STAR fridge.
        CO2 reduction: 2300 pounds a year.
4. Replace less than 10 year old fridge with an ENERGY STAR fridge.
        CO2 reduction: 78 pounds a year.
5. Replace old clothes washer (at least 10 yrs old) with new ENERGY STAR clothes washer.
        CO2 reduction: 850 pounds a year.
6. Replace less than 10 year old clothes washer with ENERGY STAR clothes washer.
        CO2 reduction: 475 pounds a year.
7. Replace dryer with ENERGY STAR front load model.
       CO2 reduction: 500 pounds a year.
8. Replace less than 10 year old dishwasher with an ENERGY STAR dishwasher.
        CO2 reduction: 100 pounds a year.
9. Need a new TV? New VCR? Select an ENERGY STAR model.
        CO2 reduction: 65 and 33 pounds a year, respectively.

HOME HEATING AND COOLING
10. Replace AC (9.0 to 12.0 SEER)
         CO2 reduction: 185 pounds a year.
11. Insulate your walls and ceilings; this can save about 25% of home heating bills.
         CO2 reduction: Up to 2000 pounds a year
12. If you need a new furnace, install ENERGY STAR furnace or boiler.
         CO2 reduction: 2000 pounds a year.
13. Yearly furnace tune-up…
         CO2 reduction: 300 pounds a year.
14. If you need to replace your windows, install the best energy-saving models
         CO2 reduction: Up to 10,000 pounds a year.
15. Plant trees next to your home. Evergreens to the N & W, deciduous trees to the S & W.
        CO2 reduction: about 2000 pounds a year.
16. Add air-gap window films to seal leaky windows in winter OR add low-e films.

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         CO2 reduction: 400 and 380 pounds a year, respectively.
17. Add basement insulation.
         CO2 reduction: 750 pounds a year.
18. Seal and insulate warm air heating ducts.
        CO2 reduction: 800 pounds a year.

WATER
19. Replace standard electric hot water heater with on demand hot water heater.
        CO2 reduction: 3600 pounds a year.
20. Switch from electric/oil hot water heater to gas hot water heater.
         CO2 reduction: 1400 pounds a year.
       OR Switch from an old gas water heater to a new ENERGY STAR hot water heater.
        CO2 reduction: 200 pounds a year.

GETTING AROUND
21. When you buy a car, choose one that gets good gas mileage.
        CO2 reduction (if your new car gets 10 mpg more than your old one):
        about 10,000 pounds a year.
22. Buy a hybrid car. Average driver saves $3750 per year.
        CO2 reduction: 16,000 pounds a year.
23. Yearly engine tune-up and maintenance of tire pressure.
       CO2 reduction: 1500 pounds a year.

RENEWABLES
24. Add solar hot water heating system.
         CO2 reduction: 2000 pounds a year.
25. Install solar electric system to replace 10% of your annual electric needs.
         CO2 reduction: 1430 pounds a year.

OTHER / EQUALLY IMPORTANT
    Urge government leaders to raise mile per gallon standards for cars to 45 mpg and support utility vehicles
       and other light trucks to 34 mpg. It’s one of the biggest steps we take can to control climate change, meaning
       billions of pounds of CO2 reduction.
    Consider Green Tags or RECs to ‘replace’ some of your CO2 emissions.
    Support the development of renewables from your local electric company!
    Reduce waste and promote energy-efficient measures at your school or workplace. Work in your community
       to set up recycling programs. CO2 reduction (for every pound of office paper recycled): 4 pounds a year.
    Buy Fresh Buy Local and Buy Organic. The chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply
       and require energy to produce.
    Reduce meat consumption and in turn reduce harmful methane gases.
    Invest in businesses using and/or producing alternative energy sources or in other ways addressing climate
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References: Environmental Defense, Rocky Mountain Institute, TenPercentChallenge, National Catholic Rural Life
    Conference, Seattle City Light, The Tides Foundation, StopGlobalWarming.org


                         4-1. SAMPLE BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT


                               "Cool Congregations"
                   Solving Global Warming One Family at a Time

Concerned about Global Warming? Here's something you can do about it. Add a
new dimension to your stewardship commitments: Calculate your carbon footprint,
find ways to Reduce it, Pledge your reduction to your faith community, Save
money, Prevent Global Warming pollution.

How?

Join a "Cool Congregations" Small Group at CONGREGATION’S NAME. Contact
NAME/CONTACT INFO to find out details.

[OR]

Attend the Train the Trainers workshop on DATE/TIME/LOCATION. This program
is brought to us by Michigan Interfaith Power & Light.




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                         4-2. SAMPLE FLYER




   Concerned about Global Warming?
Want to save money on energy expenditures?
       Here's something you can do!
  Add a new dimension to your stewardship commitments by …

                     *Pledging energy efficiency
                *Preventing global warming pollution
                        *Saving your money

          How? Join a "Cool Congregations" Small Group!
Small groups will gather at a series of 4 House Parties where you will:

      Calculate your carbon footprint
      Find ways to reduce it
      *Pledge these reductions to your faith community

   Contact: CONGREGATIONAL ORGANIZER and contact info




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                               4-3. SAMPLE NEWSLETTER ARTICLE

                                            ‘Cool Congregations’
                                 Solving Global Warming One Family at a Time

Are you concerned about Global Warming? Wish you could do something about it? Attend the "Cool
Congregations" small group House Parties in your congregation. "Cool Congregations" adds a new
dimension to regular stewardship programs in which interested congregants pledge to implement energy
efficient measures in their own homes. They choose just three or four actions from a list of many researched
options. In doing this, they are pledging to reduce their personal family contribution to global warming,
and often save money in the process!

In a series of three small group House Parties, "Cool Congregations" participants first measure their carbon
footprint, then choose steps to take to reduce it by 10% and submit this in the form of a pledge card to their
congregation. At the end of the year they meet once again to calculate their results and celebrate.

Stewardship is more than just giving time or money, it's taking good care of what we have been given - this
fragile earth, our island home. We keep the faith in part by keeping the earth.

Contact ____________________ to sign up.

"Cool Congregations" is a program of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, one of twenty-nine state affiliates
within the National Interfaith Power & Light. Interfaith Power & Light gives the faith community tools to
become better stewards of Creation.

Choose a family in your congregation to highlight. Include a testimonial like the one below with a photo:

Caption to a photo of congregant changing a light bulb: The carbon dioxide emissions coming just from
the electricity used in (congregants’s name) home totaled 20,000 pounds before she became cool. She
changed 75% of her bulbs to compact fluorescent in August and has seen a 50% reduction in her electricity
use on her utility bill. She will save nearly 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide this year alone, just from
switching bulbs. She invested $200 in light bulbs, got that back in lower utility bills over the next 4 months,
and saved an additional $400 in the first year on her utility bill (total $600 for the year).




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              4-4. SAMPLE NEWSLETTER ARTICLE FROM A GUINEA PIG
                      WHO HAS MADE A PLEDGE, BUT NOT GOTTEN RESULTS YET

                                         Calculating My Carbon Footprint
Global warming is real. We can no longer sit on our hands.

Michigan Interfaith Power & Light is educating people of faith about the effects of global warming and mitigating
those effects through faith-based initiatives. The challenge is to find ways churches as institutions and their member
householders can all reduce our ‚carbon footprint.‛ Let’s first define that term…

Your carbon footprint represents the effect you have on the climate in terms of the total amount of greenhouse gases
you produce (measured in units of carbon dioxide) when you burn fossil fuels to power your home, or travel.

When [my partner/spouse and I] measured our carbon footprint recently, these were the results:

[40,000] pounds of Carbon Dioxide!! More or less the average American household!! [or your actual results from the
workshop]

It is very illuminating. Now we have a sense of what our family impact is and which parts of our lifestyle need to be
changed. With that information we can take effective action to shrink our carbon footprint, thereby minimizing our
personal impact on the climate. Stewardship is not just about money, but most fundamentally about our stewardship
and care of God’s creation. The United States, with 5% of the world’s population, is responsible for 30% of the world’s
carbon emissions. We are not being very good stewards. For the sake of ourselves, our children, and for the whole
creation, we have to use energy more efficiently and use renewable energy sources.

So as part of our overall annual stewardship commitments, our congregation has decided to become a ‘Cool
Congregation’. In this program, each of us are invited to make a pledge to reduce our carbon footprint by as much as
10% (or more) through a step-by-step annual action plan.

I invite each of you to join me in a series of three small-group House Parties where we will:

1) Learn how to gather the info to measure our carbon footprint,
2) Measure our carbon footprint and set a goal of reduction
3) Choose actions to reduce our carbon footprint and make our pledges to follow through with that commitment.

Here’s how it works using [my family] as an example. A 10% reduction in our carbon footprint would amount to a goal
of {4000 /your goal] pounds of carbon. We chose three actions from a list that has the number of pounds estimated for
each action:

(1) Wash clothes in warm or cold water, not hot (500 lbs/year)
(2) Switch most used bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (10x150 = 1500 lbs/year)
(3) Reduce waste: Buy minimally packaged goods; choose reusable products over disposable ones; recycle (2000 lbs/year if you
cut down your garbage by 50%)
[Use your chosen actions]

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Together this would achieve our 10% goal of [4000/your goal] lbs per year, not only reducing carbon released into the
atmosphere but also reducing household expenses.

What about our car? It gets 26 miles/gallon, pretty lousy today, and alone accounts for 12,000 pounds of CO2/year. If I
were to trade and improve mileage by 10 miles/gallon, I would also save more than a ton of CO2, actually 2500 lbs per
year. Switching to a hybrid would achieve a 5,000 lb reduction in our case.

At the end of the year, the [Our Congregation] ‘Cool Congregations’ committee will compile the total reductions
achieved by all congregants and reports this number to the Michigan Interfaith Power & Light campaign, which then
compiles a state total. Together we can make a difference!

This could be an exciting new edge of growth in our stewardship efforts, one that will leave a huge legacy to our
children and their future.

[Guinea Pig’s name]




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                          4-5. SAMPLE ‚WHAT TO EXPECT‛ ARTICLE

                                                  What to Expect

Did you know…
     That more than 33% of the carbon dioxide emitted in the US comes from autos?
     That only 10% of the energy used by conventional incandescent bulbs goes to actually light the bulb, 90% is
       lost to heat?
     That the US is responsible for approximately 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, yet the US
       accounts for 5% of the world’s population?

We didn’t know these things, and we have a lot to learn.

Panicking? Please don’t. The process of taking in the science of global warming is naturally meshed with our own
instinctive responses. And it should take a few ‘recitals’ for that information to settle and for us to feel informed
enough to do something.

Are we saying think, but never act? No, that’s not ‚Cool‛!

But do take a step….Come be a part of our first of three ‘Cool Congregations’ House Parties in which good people just
like you are going to learn exactly how much their own households contribute to global warming (guilt-free) and how
to bring that number down (and save money in the process!).

Here’s what to expect:
         Your Cool Congregation Team Leader will be arranging a meeting time and place between you and up to
           three other households/families.
         House Party #1: Join forces and learn from your Team Leader what Cool Congregations is all about and
           what you need to bring to House Party #2 in order to calculate your household’s Carbon Footprint.
         House Party #2: Calculate your Carbon Footprint….it’s easy, no trigonometry or algebra, we promise! You
           will see exactly in which areas your particular household contributes the most to global warming and
           learn specific actions (many of which are free!) your household can take to reduce your newly learned
           Carbon Footprint.
         House Party #3: Complete your own ‘Cool Congregations ‘Pledge Sheet with your four or five chosen
           actions.

And at year’s end, all our ‘Cool Congregations’ groups will meet one last time to recalculate our Year-end Footprints
to see for yourself in black and white the difference you have made!

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            4-6. SAMPLE ADULT EDUCATION CLASS FOR RECRUITING

This class will take approximately 50 minutes.

This class presentation is meant to be used AFTER you have obtained full approval from your ordained faith leaders
and your lay governing board to pursue a Cool Congregations program.

And AFTER you have fully educated your congregation about global warming (by showing ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
or some such movie or speaker), the effects on the poor, and our implication in it. (The movie ‘Kilowatt Ours’ shows
us our implication and solutions.)

And AFTER you have fully educated your congregation on the religious response to global warming including the
broadened concept of stewardship as caring for all creation. (One option is the movie ‘Lighten Up’ which conveys this
in 20 mins.)

And AFTER your Guinea Pigs have implemented their changes for 2-3 months. Be sure to choose a Guinea Pig who is
comfortable with sharing all their information.

We suggest you make a power point, using some of the slides from the ‘Cool Congregations’ power point on your
‘Cool Congregations’ cd and making some new ones – either based on the ‘Cool Congregations’ slides – or with your
own information, for instance the slide for II. Below.)

    I.      Acknowledge audience (1 min)
            Mix of seasoned recyclers, the newly devoted, the curious - all ok!

    II.     Presenters' motivations/experience (5 mins) (Slide of photo that illustrates your story)

    III.    Why do this here and now? (5 mins) (The points A and B that follow are just a quick review to refresh everyone.
            Continue to refer back to your faith tradition every time you meet.)

                      A. Why are we talking about energy use in our religious institutions? (Religious Institutions
                         Slide)

                We all know that the debate on global warming is over. It's real, it's happening. We need to make big
                changes to mitigate it. Religious institutions have something that government does not have - we have
                the moral authority, based on our religious precepts, to persuade our congregants to make the
                necessary changes. People of faith have been influential in the past in bringing about social change -
                the abolition of slavery, women's right to vote, the civil rights movement, and more recently the
                endangered species act, saved by the Evangelicals. We have the power to help people put their faith
                into action.

                      B. Stewardship program (Caring for Creation slide using a statement from your own faith
                         tradition or faith leader)


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         Annual stewardship campaigns are generally focused on raising money. But stewardship is even
         more than that, it's about being a good steward - taking care of what we have been given - this fragile
         earth - our island home. "Cool Congregations" offers the opportunity for individuals to make a
         personal response to global warming.

               C. Cool Congregations/ Interfaith Power & Light (Slide with logos of Cool Congregations and
                  the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light organization)

         ‘Cool Congregations’ is sponsored by the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light program. ‘Cool
         Congregations’ adds a meaningful new dimension to a stewardship program in which interested
         congregants make a faith-based pledge to reduce their contribution to global warming by taking
         energy efficient actions, often saving money in the process!

               D. Our intent: In a series of three small-group House Parties, participants will: (Slide of these
                  words with the Cool Congregations logo.)
                   1. Measure carbon footprints
                   2. Find ways to reduce
                   3. Pledge reductions

IV.   Overview of three small-group House Parties (20 - 30 mins)

               A. At the first House Party we’ll show you how to gather your numbers for calculating your
                  carbon footprint. In Cool Congregations we measure 5 quantifiable activities that we all take
                  part in: our electricity use, our gas/propane/heating oil – or how we heat our homes,
                  transportation by car and by plane, garbage.

                     1.   We’ll show how to get the info on your utility use
                     2.   How to get your gas mileage
                     3.   How to track the miles you’ve flown
                     4.   How to gather garbage info

               B. At the second House Party we’ll use your collected data to figure your own family’s carbon
                  footprint. Now we’ll demonstrate how we’ll do that using our guinea pig’s info. (Power
                  point demonstration of filling in the Excel calculator, navigating by tabs to the different sheets,
                  ending on the Pledge sheet.)

                     1.   Point out their 10% goal on the Pledge Sheet
                     2.   Examine the different percentages of their areas of usage and invite observation from
                          the group on what area could be reduced.

               C. At the third House Party we’ll discuss ways to reduce and invite you to make a pledge. Let
                  me show you what (NAME OF GUINEA PIG) did. (NAME OF GUINEA PIG) took their
                  ideas from the handouts we have of ’25 Simple Steps Under $25, and 25 Steps Over $25.



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                             (Make a few power point slides like the 4 we made of our guinea pig, Ann, that show what she chose
                             to do, how much CO2 we estimated she’d save , using photos of your guinea pig doing them. Or have
                             your guinea pig stand up and tell what they chose to do.)

                               1.   (Open up the Pledge sheet from the Excel calculator on the big screen for everyone to see again.
                                    Fill in your guinea pigs chosen reduction options on the Pledge Sheet on the Excel calculator.)
                               2.   Our guinea pig actually has been doing these actions for the last 3 months, and here is
                                    the result so far:
                                              Energy Use:
                                              Elec use reduced by ___ kwhs or ___%
                                              Gas use reduced by ___ therms or ___%

                                           ____’s Carbon Footprint
                                           Reduced by ___%
                                           Invested $___ on ___
                                           Financial savings of $___/month
                                    (Make slides representing the above info with photo of guinea
                 pig.)
                         D. At the fourth and final House Party - the small-groups gather again 12 months after they’ve
                            made their initial pledges, to figure the results and celebrate! It’s also a time to collect
                            reduction numbers and mail them to Michigan Interfaith Power and Light to contribute to a
                            statewide total for Cool Congregations.
                         E. After all the results are calculated, there will be a (NAME OF YOUR CONGREGATION)
                            ‚Cool Congregations‛ awards ceremony with prizes for the winners in each category!

V. You may want to show reduction goals represented in how many cars removed from road. ‚If our congregation
reduced its total household use by 10 percent over the next year, that would be like taking x cars off the road. ‚ (Note:
An average car that gets 22 miles per gallon driving 12,000 miles per year, emits 10,500 lbs carbon/year.) (Slide of the Power
of 10%, modified to your area.)

VI. Join a "Cool Congregations" small-group today. Sign up with:

VII. Questions




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                                   5-1. SCRIPT FOR HOUSE PARTY #1

This party will take an hour or less.

    1.   Opening Prayer. Choose one from your own tradition.

    2.   Why are you here? First the Cool Congregations Team Leader who is leading this small-group, models a story
         about why they are taking action. Consider religious motivation, love for your family, love for creation in it’s
         various forms (your favorite fishing spot which is now polluted with mercury?). Concrete stories are best.
         Then invite participants to write down what motivates them to do something about global warming. Give
         them one minute to write down their motivation, then each read them aloud. It may be important to
         remember one's motivation if interest lags over the year.

    3.   Explain program, Role of Cool Congregations Team Leader, Agenda for meetings

             a.   "Cool Congregations" adds a new dimension to regular stewardship programs in which interested
                  congregants pledge to implement energy efficient measures in their own homes. They choose just
                  three or four actions from a list of many researched options. In doing this, they are pledging to reduce
                  their personal family contribution to global warming, and often save money in the process!

                  Stewardship is more than just giving time or money, it's taking good care of what we have been given
                  - this fragile earth, our island home. We keep the faith in part by keeping the earth.

                  In a series of four meetings, "Cool Congregations" participants first measure their carbon footprint,
                  then choose steps to take to reduce it by 10% and submit this in the form of a pledge sheet to their
                  congregation.

             b.   Role of Cool Congregations Team Leader is to act as a resource and a guide.

                  Participants are responsible for doing their own calculations, (with help on the calculator from the
                  Cool Congregations Team Leader), choosing their own reduction actions and following through with
                  their stated pledges.

                  The Cool Congregations Team Leader will arrange meeting times and places, provide Carbon
                  Footprint Checklists, pledge sheets to be filled out, lists of reduction options and any other materials
                  the leader would like to offer.

                  The CC Team Leader will also make pre-arranged reminder calls (or e-mails) between meetings to the
                  participants to offer encouragement and answer questions.

                  The CC Team Leader will collect a copy of the completed pledge sheets at the end of the third meeting
                  for the purposes of making comparisons at the end of the year. The CC Team Leader will schedule the
                  end of year meeting.



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         c.   The agenda for the four meetings is as follows:

              Meeting #1. Participants will learn how to gather the information needed to be able to calculate their
              carbon footprint.

              Meeting #2. Participants will calculate their carbon footprint using the information they brought on
              the Carbon Footprint Checklist provided by the CC Team Leader. Participants will look over the list of
              reduction options, make tentative choices, go home and think them over.

              Meeting #3. Participants will make definite reduction choices, fill out their pledge sheet and turn a
              copy in to their CC Team Leader.

              Meeting #4 Participants meet again to calculate end-of-year reductions results,
              And celebrate successes!

4.   Now let's get to work! We would like to help you measure your carbon footprint so you can begin to find
     ways to reduce it. Your carbon footprint is a number that represents how much fossil fuel you use to travel
     and power your home, and therefore how much you contribute to global warming. In Cool Congregations we
     measure five quantifiable activities that we all take part in. Electricity, gas (or how you heat your home),
     mileage by car and by plane, garbage. In order to measure your carbon footprint you need to bring several
     things to the next meeting, which require a little bit of homework. Here is the checklist.

     (Hand out Carbon Footprint Checklist. (Go through it step by step. Answer any questions about the checklist.)

5.   Help some participants gather that info from the internet at the first meeting, if time, if you have access.

6.   Arrange times for end of week call from CC Team Leader. (Or gather emails.) These calls are to encourage
     participants, and answer their questions. No negative pressure. Just a brief friendly reminder. We all get busy
     and forget.

7.   Closing Prayer



You may want to divide the organizing duties for this meeting into 1-Host; 2-Master of Ceremonies
(conducting the programming) and 3-Record Keeper (in charge of all the Carbon Footprint records for the
participants).

Reminder* Be sure you have put your local utility contact info on the Carbon Footprint Checklist before you
hand it out.




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                                    5-2. SCRIPT FOR HOUSE PARTY #2
                                                        120 minutes

Before this meeting by phone or email:

    1.     Remind folks to bring completed Carbon Footprint Checklist
    2.     Familiarize yourself with the Excel ‘Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator’
    3.     Print out enough action sheets for all: ’25 Simple Steps Under $25’ and ’25 Steps Over $25’
    4.     Research and bring data on any offerings on conservation, energy audits, rebates, low or no interest loans, etc.
           from your local utility. Do they give out any freebies? Switch plate insulator? L.E.D. nightlights?

Be aware that some folks may be disappointed in their Footprints. It’s true that the U.S. causes 30% of the world’s
global warming pollution, while we are only 5% of the world’s population. However, we as individuals are not alone
in causing the problem, or in solving it. Let folks know before they even begin tonight that a range of reactions is to be
expected and that you are available, even if just as a sounding board. But with sensitivity, also clarify that tonight’s
agenda is loaded and in order to move through it all, you all need to stay on track, particularly during the calculation.
There will be time for sharing and questions when you are done calculating everyone, which at most should take 5
minutes per participant. The more computers and printers you have set up for this, the less time it will take to
calculate everyone.

         A. Opening Prayer. Choose one from your faith tradition.

         B. Explain purpose of Meeting #2: To calculate Carbon Footprints and receive their personal Cool
            Congregations Pledge Sheets.

         C. Ask all to add the most recent 12 months of their kWh and therms, if they haven’t already and record this
            onto their Carbon Footprint Checklist they’ve brought.

             Hand out the two ‘25’ action lists for them to begin looking over, once done adding while they wait for their
             turn to be calculated.

         D. Figure participants, one by one on your computer entering the info from their Carbon Footprint Checklist
            into the Excel Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator. This should only take 5 minutes per participant, if
            they are ready. Answer their questions briefly, and reassure them that you will share greater detail
            regarding the particulars after you are done calculating everyone.

             Give them printouts of both the input summary and the pledge sheet and let them know you will be
             explaining these to the group when done helping all calculate on the computer.

             One option is to save their footprint to a file labeled with their name in a folder labeled ‘Cool Congregations
             Small-Group’ on your computer. That way it can be emailed to the Record Keeper for safekeeping, if you
             have one designated.

         E. Gather the group together.


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      Explain Pledge Sheet bar graphs (your family footprint compared to the U.S. average family your size, and
      compared to the Kyoto Protocol standard for family of your size.)

      (In case you want to share the following: The Kyoto Pledge was signed by every nation except the US and it
      signifies a commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases down to a level of 11,000 lbs per person.
      Therefore, a family of 4 should show a bar indicating 44,000 CO2 pounds. )

      This may be better eventual goal for some, rather than first year. We encourage a 10% reduction goal, like the
      traditional tithe. Subsequent years’ goals might be lower or higher. Any reductions are welcome, and should
      be encouraged, no matter how small. Once they get a taste of success, they will want to do more.

      Explain the pie chart – it’s a breakdown of your footprint by category.

       Ask them to examine their newfound ‘heavy hitters’ or what makes the biggest piece of their CO2 pie.
       Suggest that may be the area to focus on.

      Let them feel the pain, but encourage them that they are not alone in causing the problem, or in solving
      it. You may want to share your dismay with your own footprint at this point. But also how you are
     determined and motivated to do something about it. Encourage them. Together we can make a difference!

      Ask for any questions, remarks. Allow time to share.

F.    Tell them about homework: Choose 4 - 6 actions (from ’25’ lists) for their household and bring back
      completed pledge sheet, with pounds listed next to actions chosen. Suggest folks be mindful of their ‘heavy-
      hitter’ category when making reduction choices.

G. They may need to talk over the options with their family, figure costs involved, and paybacks* before
   making a decision. *Payback is the amount of time it takes to get back your investment in energy efficient
   actions through saved money on energy costs.

      Note the two ‚25 Lists‛ are broken down by category, which may help guide them.

H. If applicable, share info on utility offerings on energy saving programs like rebates on energy efficient
   appliances, off-peak-use discounted rates, home energy audits, up-front financing, tree planting programs,
   etc. Whatever your utility offers.

I.    Open up discussion on specific steps that interest those in the group. Some may have tips for the group.
      Remind all that there will be more time for questions about specific actions at the beginning of Meeting #3,
      but to call/email you in the meantime.

J.    Secure meeting time/date/place for Meeting #3 to be held, ideally within 2 weeks.

K. Closing Prayer. Choose one from your faith tradition.



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                                 5-3. SCRIPT FOR HOUSE PARTY #3
                                                       90 minutes

Before this Meeting: Remind folks of meeting time/date/place and remind them to bring in their completed (or near
completed) Pledge Sheets and 25 Simple Steps lists to discuss.

    A. Prayer – Choose one from your own tradition

    B. Explain purpose of Meeting #3: In this meeting, folks may share experience of choosing actions, ask questions
       or brainstorm together. This meeting will not feel as time-restricted, so it is a nice chance for folks to talk and
       share.

    C. Ask for impressions, thoughts, comments, on the process of choosing actions.

    D. Ask if anyone is struggling to complete their Pledge Sheet.

    E. Give unfinished folks the option of opening it up for collective brainstorming of actions, or solo time to
       independently complete their Pledge Sheet.

    F.   Depending on comfort level of group, add up total pounds pledged by the group and acknowledge this effort!
         (one idea…an average car emits 10,500 lbs CO2/yr….how many cars will your group take off the road this
         year?)

    G. Make copies of all completed Pledge Sheets and file them. If unable to copy on-site, let folks know you will be
       returning their originals to them asap. Another option, if you saved their pledge sheets to your computer at
       the last meeting, is to simply type in their pledges and corresponding CO2 reduction estimates. You could ask
       the participants to do it themselves on your computer.

    H. Fill folks in on what is coming up at your church as a Cool Congregation...Upcoming speakers, articles,
       education hour topics, etc….ask for their input.

    I.   Thank participants for their efforts and faith in you and in themselves. Acknowledge the power of this effort
         and of their leadership.

    J.   Allow folks to break into free-flow discussion of whatever compels them.

    K. Let participants know you will contact them for end of the year for a final Footprint Calculation to see just
       what a difference they have made! Remind them to hang on to their utility bills.

    L. Close with Prayer




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                                6-1. HOUSE PARTY #4 AGENDA
                                              90 - 120 minutes

This meeting should be scheduled 12-13 months after Mtg # 3, due to the need for a full 12 months of
records and time for folks to complete the Carbon Footprint Checklist at home before this meeting. In this
meeting, folks will be calculating their end of the year Carbon Footprints and filling out the ‘Reduction
Results’ Sheet for comparison. They will need to come with their Carbon Footprint Checklist filled out for
ease of calculating within the meeting. Bring your file of their beginning of the year Pledge Sheets for them
to refer to and any extra hand-held calculators you have.

Do 4 weeks before this meeting:
    1. Give participants a new Carbon Footprint Checklist.
    2. Contact participants to arrange a meeting date/place/time. Ask if they have questions re: the
       Carbon Footprint Checklist they are working on and remind them to come with their hand-held
       calculators (all will need to add kWhs and therms before beginning) and Carbon Footprint
       Checklist all filled out.

Do just before this meeting:
     1. Print off enough copies of the ‘Individual Reduction Results’ Sheet for everyone. Fill out your own
         ahead of time to be sure you can guide others.
     2. Familiarize yourself with the calculator again.
     3. Locate your file of participants’ initial Pledge Sheets.

Meeting #4 Agenda

   M. Prayer

   N. Explain purpose of Meeting #4: To perform final Carbon Footprint calculation and complete an end
      of the year ‘Reduction Results’ sheet for comparison.

   O. Ask folks to add their utility statements kWhs and therms (or mcfs) and add to Carbon Footprint
      Checklist, if they haven’t already.

   P. Begin calculations using the Excel Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator.

   Q. Print out that participant’s new Input Summary and Pledge Sheet. (Be sure you save a copy of this
      for your records. You will need everyone’s Footprint to total results for the whole group of
      participating individuals.




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R. Hand out beginning of the year Pledge Sheets for reference and a blank ‘Reduction Results’ Sheet.
   Use a willing guinea pig to show others how to fill it out. It takes 10 minutes to complete.

S. Ask participants to list the actions they actually took in the spaces provided on the ‘Reduction
   Results’ sheet and indicate the approximate number of months this action was in place (for example,
   if they bought an energy star fridge, but only had it for 6 months, they would write ‘6 mo’ in front of
   that action. This will assist them in determining the estimate for reductions for the next year if they
   choose to take further action. They may need to refer to the actions listed on their initial Pledge
   Sheets to remind them what they did.)

T. Subtract ‘After’ pounds from ‘Before’. Fill this in and circle the difference. Give folks time to react.
   Cheer the success, comfort those who are disappointed – every little reduction helps!

U. Figure percentage reduced: take the total pounds reduced and divide that by their initial,
   beginning of the year Carbon Footprint (found on initial Pledge Sheet).

V. Have participants subtract ‘After’ pounds from ‘Before’ pounds under each of the six categories
   listed. You can figure percentages for each category if you like.

W. Next, ask participants to rank their 3 most positively changed CO2 emitting areas, based on the CO2
   difference realized. (...ie if they saw the biggest reduction in Flight CO2 lbs, then that would be
   listed after #1 Reduction, and so on.)




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                    6-2. INDIVIDUAL REDUCTION RESULTS FORM

Name:

Congregation:

A. List Actions taken. (Write approx # of months action was in place before the number):

___ 1.

___ 2.

___ 3.

___ 4.

___ 5.

___ 6.

B. Total CO2 pounds saved this year! Subtract ‘after’ Footprint from ‘before’:

   _________________________________________________________

C. Percentage Reduced. Divide your saved pounds by your initial Carbon Footprint:

         (For non-math types: Don’t forget to move the decimal point over two spaces)

   __________________________________________________________



D. Category Reductions. Subtract ‘after’ pounds from ‘before’ in each of the six areas:

   First Auto:

   Second Auto:

   Flights:

   kWh:

   Gas, or…:

   Garbage:



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E. Rank your Reductions based on pounds:

  #1 Reduction:

  #2 Reduction:

  #3 Reduction:




F. You can also figure the percentage for each category if you like and report the top three here:

  #1:

  #2:

  #3:

Aren’t You Cool!




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                6-3. CONGREGATIONAL REDUCTION RESULTS FORM

How many pounds of CO2 have the participants in your ‘Cool Congregations’ stewardship program prevented from
going into the atmosphere?

Congregational Organizer for Cool Congregations - Please collect a copy of all of your
congregation's participants' "Reductions Results" sheets and mail with this form in one package
to:
Michigan Interfaith Power and Light
5072 Thorncroft Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48192 Attn: Cool Congregations Manager


1) Name of Congregation:_____________________________________________________

2) Address of Congregation:___________________________________________________

                            ___________________________________________

3) Name of Congregational Organizer for CC*: ___________________________________

4) Contact info for Congregational organizer for CC: e-mail:______________________________

        Phone:_______________________________

5) Number of households participating in CC in the last year: _____________

6) Approximate total number of households in your congregation:___________

Total number of pounds actually reduced by ALL CC participants over the last year, (as measured at the end of the
year comparing initial carbon footprint to subsequent end-of-year carbon footprint after implementing reduction
measures.) Enter number below:

7) Total CO2 #s reduced: __________________________________

Average reduction of CC participants measured in percentages:

8) On average, our participants have reduced CO2 emissions by ________%

Your numbers will be added to other Cool Congregations to make a state total.

Together we can make a difference. Thanks for your efforts in caring for creation!

*Cool Congregations


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