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Uniting to GREEN

Program Description


The “Uniting to Green” program is a key component of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania commitment to reduce energy use at church sites by 20% by 2020.

GREEN is an acronym representing five key stages of energy efficiency action, i.e.:

Generate awareness: effective measurement of energy usage
Reform behaviour: human behaviour change
Ensure efficiency: appropriate renewal of inefficient appliances
Enhance buildings: improve the thermal performance of building          
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Normalise renewables: safely generate remaining energy needs

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20% by 2020 website


The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria & Tasmania has pledged to reduce its energy usage by at least 20% by 2020.

Are you working towards sustainability in your part of the church? We want to hear from you. 

See our blogs, join up to our mailing list and keep in touch with initiatives, small and large, that are developing as part of this important initiative. 

The 20% by 2020 website includes stories, articles and resources on how you can save energy. 

More information can be found here. 


Energy Audit Program being rolled out


Training of the first team of Melbourne based auditors was completed in Feb 2015.  This team has started contacting local congregations and audits are underway. Training for Tasmanian auditors was held in mid-May and audits in this state will be underway shortly. Currently options for training auditors in regional Victoria are under review.

For further enquiries regarding audits, send an email to Unitingto.GREEN@victas.uca.org.au

Call for Volunteer Auditors​ - country Victor​ia


The Uniting to GREEN program has had a good response to its call for volunteers to conduct energy audits at Uniting Church sites in metropolitan Melbourne and in Tasmania. However positions are still available for volunteers based in country Victoria.

Key responsibilities include undertaking energy audits, providing tariff advice, analyzing energy use and identifying areas for improving energy efficiency. In addition, the auditors are required to prepare a report and support the church in carrying out the audit recommendations.

If you are interested in helping the Uniting Church congregations become more energy efficient please contact us. More information can be found here​.

 

Appliance Purchasing Offer


Synod has partnered with Betta Home Living to provide Uniting Church congregations with an opportunity to purchase white goods and electrical appliances at preferential prices.

The arrangement provides the convenience of browsing and ordering on line as well as in-store purchasing. 

The offer is available to both Victorian and Tasmanian Uniting Church congregations for appliance purchases for church purposes, i.e. upgrade and fit out of Uniting Church properties.

The initiative which is part of the Uniting to GREEN program, also aims to encourage congregations to consider energy efficient appliances when they replace existing appliances. 

More information can be found here.​​


​National Energy Efficiency Network


 National Energy Efficiency Network, NEEN is a dynamic, member-based network that provides the community sector with the inspiration, guidance & support to become more energy efficient & resilient into the future.  Follow the link for more information on:

​• Energy efficiency fact sheets
Case studies for faith based communities
Quick Calculator to discover energy efficiency opportunities​

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