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Energy Conservation Journey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Energy Conservation Journey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Our energy conservation journey began in 2000 when the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis offered to pay half of the cost ($500) of doing an energy audit of our church buildings.  We received a comprehensive report outlining how we could reduce our energy use.  The report covered the standard energy audit areas – lights, furnaces and air conditioners, refrigerators, and temperatures over several weeks time.  This audit did not cover insulation and infiltration. As a result of the audit, we seriously began tracking our utility usage.  We have a comprehensive spread sheet that includes the utility consumption and cost by…
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The Long Walk

The Long Walk

Talk is cheap.  Walking the walk is much harder.  Brad Morton has been walking the walk on solar energy as long as anybody in the state.  In fact, Morton Solar is one of the three oldest solar energy companies in Indiana and has completed more projects than any other in the state.  Brad grew up in Indiana coal country and witnessed firsthand the health and environmental consequences of coal.  He later went on to obtain degrees in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and also holds master electrician licenses in three states.  With all of these degrees and certifications, it would…
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Paris is always a Good Idea

Paris is always a Good Idea

Audrey Hepburn said that and I believe it’s true. And this time, I think COP21 was a good idea. It’s taken me some time to pull coherent thoughts about what I learned from my week at the largest, most ambitious global climate conference ever hosted. I think I came home overflowing with things I desperately wanted to share with people and discuss with everyone. Some of them were hard truths, criticisms, and frustrations but many were exciting, horizon-expanding ways we look at sustainability and thus climate change mitigation and adaptation. The word “decarbonize” was on everyone’s lips in Paris last…
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What Will We Do, Now That We Know?

What Will We Do, Now That We Know?

Remarks to Sierra Club Clean Power Plan Rally, August 8, 2015 By Paul Severance, Chair, Elders Climate Action I am here today representing elders here in Indiana and across the nation who are working together in a campaign called Elders Climate Action.  We believe that the voice of elders who have a long-term perspective is especially needed today. It is hard to imagine a more short-sighted policy than fighting the Clean Power Plan.  There is no doubt that the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is heating our planet. There is no doubt that existing power plants are…
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Solar Chat: Ryan Zariki, Whole Sun Designs

Solar Chat: Ryan Zariki, Whole Sun Designs

Meet Ryan Zaricki, founder extraordinaire of Whole Sun Designs in Wadesville, IN. He grew up knowing that you don’t swim in the Ohio River, you don’t eat the fish, but that never sat right with him. After attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, he headed out to Colorado and worked in green buildings, learning skills in sustainable trades, thinking more critically about electricity and water. He was having fun. His dad needed his help building a house, so he found himself back in Southern Indiana, and he worked for another solar contractor for awhile, moving back and forth…
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