What it is:
Our Green Audit is a fee for service offered through the Greening Sacred Spaces program. It is designed to help faith communities see the greening opportunities in and around their sacred spaces and guide them on how to make changes towards greater energy efficiency, health and sustainability. The Green Audit involves a walk-through audit of your faith community building by a trained professional green auditor who identifies areas that could be greened within the building. Participants receive a comprehensive report including recommendations for saving energy, money, heat, and water.
A Green Audit takes approximately three to four hours and a member or two from the faith community are encouraged to come along. The basic cost of the audit for buildings under 10,000 ft2 is $1250. Green Audits for buildings ranging in size greater than 10,000 ft2 are $1500.
The audit covers topics such as air quality, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, daily operations and maintenance. The auditor then creates a report specifically tailored to your faith community with findings and recommendations on how to improve the issues outlined. The report includes colour photos to help faith community members understand the areas of opportunity, and additional reference materials that committee members and staff can use to help turn the recommendations into actions.
It is important to note that Faith & the Common Good also has audit partners for comprehensive Energy Audits that focus more specifically on detailed energy measures for each religious building. The Green Audit is meant to be a broader more holistic overview of the wide range of greening topics to help faith communities prioritize a range of actions.
Click here to view a printable pdf brochure of our Green Audit Program (please note prices have increased since this brochure was printed; the base cost is now $1250).
The video below shows highlights from a Green Audit at Beth Israel Synagogue in Peterborough
What to Expect from the Green Audit Process
An auditor will arrive at your faith community at a scheduled time. Faith community members and staff are encouraged to participate and gain hands-on insight into the process and the opportunities. Where feasible a blower door unit will be used to depressurize the building to help identify air leaks. Our auditor will walk around the building, room by room and look at where energy efficiency could be improved, where potential air quality concerns are, where water resources could be saved, where waste could be diverted, and where operations of the building could be improved to save money and efforts. If grant money is available the auditor will help explain these opportunities. Where other similar faith communities have had successes and challenges, the auditor can also make recommendations. The main purpose is to show you and your faith community members your building in a new light, from a more holistic perspective. Insights gained will help you with both short-term and long-term greening projects. The report will also assist with budgetary planning so that the report you receive facilitates the decision-making process with a valuable, easily understandable tool for all to use according to their various interests, roles and responsibilities in your sacred space.
Who is participating in the Green Audit? Read a case study of St. James the Apostle Church in Carp. They undertook Green Audits for all three sanctuaries in their parish, the youngest of which is 125 years old!
The First Steps
If you are just learning about green building design and energy systems, we recommend that you and your green team/building managers browse through our website. Our extensive GSS Resource Kit will prepare you to make the best use of the audit and follow up planning and green projects. You can order our GSS resources online to help prepare.
If you would like more information on the Green Audit, please contact Stephen Collette at 705-652-5159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the following links for additional resources to help you determine if the green audit is right for your faith community:
- Green audit intro
- Audit decision chart
- Audit comparison guide
- Anglican Church of Canada Green Audit report, completed by nine parishes across Canada in 2013