Westminster has gotten some Commonwealth-wide recognition! Virginia Interfaith Power & Light (VAIPL) is our state affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light, which brings together faith communities to mobilize a religious response to climate change through energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Recently, their news featured solar faith communities and congregations across the state, and Westminster was one of those featured. Click here and scroll down.
WPC — on the way to 100% green power
This April we observe the first anniversary of the installation of the solar panels on the kitchen roof. This has produced excess electricity that has been sold back to Dominion for about $677. The total production by the solar array in the most recent 12 months was 9.84 Megawatt hours (MWhr).
The church used 175 MWhr from July 2016 to June 2017. This was down from 187 MWHr used the previous year. A member of the committee whose all electric household only has two people used 14 MWhr during this same time frame.
Also, in September 2017, the session approved the purchase of wind Renewable Energy Certificates through Arcadia Power. This supports wind farms in other parts of the USA. Arcadia provides 100% offsets for all of Dominion’s electricity used at Westminster. This program has worked well and now we, as citizens, need to make Arcadia redundant by lobbying Dominion to provide clean renewable power here in Dominion’s service area.
The Green Team
On Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon we will be partnering with the University of Virginia’s Facilities Management Office and the UVA student Environmental Club for a litter cleanup event of the area along the railroad right-of-way from the Culbreth Garage to the UVA Corner. Our lower parking lot will be the site for the kick-off of the event and one of the collection sites as well. Please join members of our church Green Team in hosting a great group of UVA students whether you actually pick up litter on the slopes or hand-out water and trash bags to support the students!
Now that the church’s Winter Jasmine is in full bloom, we need to plan for our Spring Landscape Day. Although some cleanup and mulch hauling will occur during coming weekdays, we have scheduled Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for our group event.
We would greatly appreciate it if you can join us as we prepare our grounds in advance of Palm Sunday and Easter. The church has a supply of gardening equipment and supplies, but please bring gloves and gardening tools you may have as we will be raking, weeding and trimming in the Courtyard, at Common Grounds and everywhere in between. For more information, please call the church office and RSVP so we can plan the day. In case of rain, our make-up date will be Saturday, March 24th 9:00 -12:00.