LDS Church Going Green
It’s exciting to see another example of Latter-Day Saints taking humanity’s stewardships seriously. In this case, taking care of the Earth we are blessed to live on. The LDS Church holds Earth and all of God’s creations in high regard:
The unnecessary destruction of life is a distinct spiritual loss to the human family. Men cannot worship the Creator and look with careless indifference upon his creations. The love of all life helps man to the enjoyment of a better life. It exalts the spiritual nature of those in need of divine favor. […] Nature helps us to see and understand God. To all His creations we owe an allegiance of service and a profound admiration. [. . .] Love of nature is akin to the love of God; the two are inseparable. – Editorial in The Juvenile Instructor. April 1918, 1927.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is implementing Solar-Powered construction in meeting houses. The energy saving building sites are located in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah with the first prototype in Farmington, Utah recently completed and toured.
Features of the silver-level LEED certified construction include solar panels, high tech insulation, low-water landscaping, and environment-sensitive irrigation systems. Additionally, display panels installed within the churches report how much energy the wardhouse solar panels are saving in consumer-familiar terms: for example, how many lightbulbs, hair dryers, or toasters conserved energy might fuel. – Joanna Brooks, rdMagazine
While The Church isn’t new to the use of efficient technology in its buildings, it is eager to see the benefits of green construction on this large scale and hopes to make similar moves in the future.
Church bishop and senior administrator H. David Burton said, ‘If the new prototypes perform well, the environment-friendly building practices will be implemented on a broad scale, both in new construction and as older buildings need renovations or retrofitting.’ – Jennifer Dobner, Bloomberg Business Week
May this allegiance in honoring God’s creations continue with great success.
For more information: Solar-Powered Construction Design gets “Green” Light from Church Leaders
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