All Southland Episcopalians are encouraged to join a churchwide initiative engaging households and congregations in reducing carbon impact, conserving energy, and saving money by taking sustainable actions outlined at www.sustainislandhome.org.
The goal is to have as many households as possible within the Diocese of Los Angeles participate by logging in, creating a profile, and taking recommended actions that are in turn aggregated to reflect progress at both diocesan and churchwide levels. An online table displays results comparatively by diocese.
Pioneered by the San Francisco-based Diocese of California, the Carbon Tracker program has to date documented the reduction of 198 tons of CO2e in that region, representing a savings of more than $25,000 in a joint effort of some 375 households.
Los Angeles Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor and Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce, together with Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy who regularly champions efforts addressing the current climate crisis, urge parishioners and clergy across six Southern California counties to log in and participate in this effort, especially during the coming Lenten season beginning with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, and continuing through Maundy Thursday, April 9, as well as the subsequent weeks leading up to Earth Day.
The program has been field-tested by St. Andrew’s Church, Ojai (see article here).
More information will follow in The Episcopal News, Angelus clergy newsletter, and in direct email messages. Inquiries may be directed to the diocesan Communications Office, 213.482.2040, ext. 240, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.