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LCI is participating in the GreenFaith Certification Program. This program is turning houses of worship into environmental leaders. The benefits are clear:
  • Protect Creation: From eco-themed worship services, to 'greening' of the building, congregations are making significant changes.

  • Save Money: Action steps are designed to be no-cost, and often lead to big savings.

  • Foster Relationships: Interfaith and intergenerational.

  • Learn Together: Resources, webinars, and a virtual community space

Click on the GreenFaith graphic above for more information about the organization.

Click here to see the GreenFaith PowerPoint that was presented at LCI on September 22, 2013. Click here for Kristin Heinemeier's slide show from the kickoff luncheon on January 26, 2014.

If you have questions about the GreenFaith program or would like to get involved in LCI's greening, please contact Kristin Heinemeier.

Davis church honored for energy-efficiency improvements

from the Davis Enterprise, November 24, 2015. (
By JoAnn B. Anderson

Cool Climate AwardInspired to care for God’s creation, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis received a Cool Climate Award for Energy Efficiency from California Interfaith Power & Light on Nov. 10. The award was presented by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, the organization’s president and founder, at a ceremony at The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, at 1701 Russell Blvd. in West Davis, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015 with a complete energy makeover. Early this year, a major renovation and expansion of the church narthex, social hall, Sunday school, meeting rooms, kitchen and bathrooms was completed. The renovation included replacing the sanctuary roof and installing drought-tolerant landscaping.

Paul Kolarik, who chairs the Renovation Committee, explained that a green architect designed the renovation, which incorporates a full complement of energy-efficient improvements, including new double-paned windows, extra insulation, low-flow toilets, California native landscaping and Energy Star kitchen appliances. The measures taken went well beyond building code requirements for energy efficiency, Kolarik said.

A cool roof was installed over the renovated building and the sanctuary for a 7- to 15-percent energy savings. Energy-efficient lighting and a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system qualified for a significant PG&E incentive payment as well as a big increase in energy efficiency, he added.

More than 16,000 square feet of lawn was taken out and replaced with drought-tolerant plants, which is expected to save more than 500,000 gallons of water annually.

The LCI choir performed at the awards ceremony, kicking off a range of musical offerings from different faith traditions — including a dance-along sacred hula — after which the Rev. Bingham said, “In addition to their impressive energy-efficiency work, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation serves as an example to their community of ecological education and advocacy for climate and energy legislation.”

The Rev. Dan Smith, LCI’s pastor, and church members have lobbied with California Interfaith Power & Light in Sacramento on behalf of environmental bills. LCI has hosted many events to educate and inspire action, including forums about the connection of water, faith and ethics; the restoration of local waterways; an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program; and children’s workshops on the wonder and care for God’s creation.

According to Kristin Heinemeier, co-chair of LCI’s Green Team, “This award reflects the transformation that our congregation has gone through, as we near the end of a process of becoming a ‘certified’ green congregation, through the organization GreenFaith.

“This process has helped us to incorporate sustainability as a vital part of our dialog and decision-making, and acted as a springboard for finding ways to serve the community while taking action to protect creation. Once we get our certification, we’re poised to become even more organized and active!”

Bingham acknowledged the leadership of LCI member Dina Biscotti, who died in December 2014.

“The leadership of Dina Biscotti, a much-loved member of the church and CIPL volunteer, was a significant factor informing the vision of these projects,” Pastor Smith said.

Karen Hamilton, co-chair of the LCI Green Team, added, “Dina’s good works endure and her enthusiasm and spirit live on in the work of the congregation. She would have totally been into the hula! So come join the fun — God’s work of protecting the Earth through our hands continues!”
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