A Partnership Between the Cedar Tree Institute, Delta Green and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In 2012 Delta Green collaborated with the Cedar Tree Institute of Marquette (MI) in creating and developing a grant proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This proposal, in response to a funding opportunity through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, was funded by the EPA in late summer and the Cedar Tree Institute began grant operations in October.
The project, “Northern Michigan Earth Healing Initiative II,” is an extension of an earlier project with EarthKeepers, an interfaith coalition of ten faith communities (representing 160 churches) that share the common goal of environmental stewardship toward our Great Lakes.
Delta Green will assist the Cedar Tree Institute by providing energy audits of 40 churches across the Upper Peninsula. These audits will provide the churches with the technical information they need to pursue energy efficiency improvements. Delta Green will also provide technical assistance and evaluation services associated with each energy project pursued and completed by participating churches.
The goal: Reduce the amount of mercury entering the Great Lakes Basin by increasing energy efficiency and decreasing the need for electricity from coal-fired power plants. Delta Green will consult with churches and their congregations and identify many different opportunities to reduce electric use. This project will run through September 2014.