A "GREEN" CHURCH
In 2013 the Peel-Halton Chapter of Greening Scared Spaces recognized Erin Mills United Church for its interest and concern in caring for creation. The congregation has undertaken a number of initiatives to help protect our environment.
- Infusing ongoing support for creation into our worship and spiritual life.
- Recycling of paper in partnership with Abitibi Paper. Currently three collection bins are in our parking lot.
- Collection of alkaline and lithium batteries to be taken to the Mississauga Hazardous Waste Depot.
- Collection of tabs from drink cans for recycling with the proceeds used to purchase wheelchairs.
- Hosting a Community Garden on church property. This initiative was discontinued in 2014.
- Planting trees and shrubs on the property
- Installation of solar panels on the roof of our building.
- Conducting an energy audit in 2010 on a physical and operational basis to determine our energy consumption characteristics.
- Replacing sanctuary lights to reduce electricity consumption.
- Conversion of all T12 fluorescent bulbs in our building to T8 bulbs, which consume less electricity and have a longer life span.
- Installing water-conserving toilets in the church.
- Addition of insulation on south walls of the church when vinyl siding was installed.
- Joining in 2011 the Halton Environmental Network and the Community Environment Alliance of Peel in a collaborative partnership to form the Peel/ Halton chapter of Greening Scared Spaces. Erin Mills United Church is the lead on a three year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to support the chapter.
- Retrofitting our Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning System incorporating energy conservation strategies.
- Hosting workshops focusing on environmental issues.