Environmental awards won by Oregon churches

2011 Environmental Award won by Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Good Samaritan installed the first solar array in the Diocese of Oregon, taking advantage of the Feed-In-Tariff program established by the Oregon legislature in 2009. Parishioners borrowed money from themselves, installed the solar panels, and are now enjoying a nearly 8% return on their investment.

Receiving Honorable Mention were St. Luke’s Waldport for continuing efforts to be green and sustainable in their landscaping, kitchen, and heating system, St. Aidan’s whose veggie garden this year provided 171 lbs of produce to SnoCap, and St. John the Baptist for a quarterly gathering of difficult-to-recycle items (like styrofoam), and a special St. Francis Day that included not just pets, but also photos of endangered species which were blessed with a special prayer, and a prophetic sermon by Deacon Julie Jensen quoting from the HoB Pastoral Teaching.

2011 Energy Conservation Grants were received by St. John the Divine and St. Stephen, Newport, for lighting retrofits, St. Philip the Deacon for assistance with furnace replacement, and St. Edward, Silverton for an energy audit.

Information about our Environmental Commission can be found on their diocesan webpage.

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