Catholic Energies enables Catholic campuses (churches, schools, hospitals and other organizations) to implement energy projects that reduce energy costs. The savings generated from these projects allow the campuses to divert what was their utility expenses to their core mission activities. The Catholic Energies approach is comprehensive: we provide campuses with the ability to invest in energy efficiency projects to reduce energy waste; buy cleaner, less expensive energy; and install renewable energy and storage systems to minimize campuses’ dependence on the grid. We also make it easy to get started – submitting a one-page information form and a copy of your utility bills is all it takes to get audited. Really – that’s it.
Studies show that 40% of energy use in buildings is wasted. This means that your campus is likely wasting thousands of dollars every year. Think of all the good your organization could do by paying less to run your buildings? Catholic Energies helps you do just that. We started Catholic Energies to address four problems we believe Catholics face:
Lack of time – Most campuses lack the time and money to pursue energy-saving programs that are big enough to truly make a difference to their bottom line. Catholic Energies can change that. We provide you with a single program that can help you address every project that can reduce wasteful energy spending on your campus.
Lack of trust – We are a Catholic organization just like you, and we share many of the values that define your mission. We ground Catholic Energies in Catholic teaching —from St. John Paul II, to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to Pope Francis. We believe that it is vital to inform Catholics about their obligations to care for creation and those who suffer from environmental harm, especially the poor and vulnerable. Catholic Energies partners with the education staff on campuses offering them the ability to employ a full menu of educational programs linking the energy programs with Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, and challenging Catholics to be witnesses to the world often under threat by our own human activities. We also ensure that local companies are part of every project, providing small businesses the opportunity to complete projects for campuses in their own backyards.
Lack of money – Implementing energy projects can be daunting, and figuring out ways to pay for these projects can be just as hard. Many projects can be paid for through the energy savings alone, and Catholic Energies offers a variety of financing options to campuses that are interested in them. We will work with leaders and other stakeholders of your organization to ensure that questions about how to pay for energy projects do not prevent worthy projects from moving forward.
Convincing a large number of stakeholders – Catholic organizations are centerpieces of their communities, and as such many people play a role in shaping campus priorities. Catholic Energies provides resources to help move leaders to action, and convince stakeholders that pursuing energy projects is the right course of action for reasons of stewardship, practicality and to more fully live our faith. We work closely with facility managers as they know their buildings better than anyone, and will work closely with all stakeholders to tap into their knowledge and expertise so we can reduce your wasteful energy spending as much as possible. It will be a team effort.