On Monday, May 16, 2011 the UUA and EnergyStar hosted a webinar specifically for UU congregations called “Green Sanctuaries and Portfolio Manager for Congregations.”

The training introduced congregations to the EnergyStar for Congregations Portfolio Manager.  The UUA is encouraging all congregations, especially Green Sanctuary involved congregations, to join EnergyStar for Congregations.

The webinar focused on one of the most useful tools that they have the Portfolio Manager.  It can benefit your congregation in many ways including:
*Managing of Energy and Water Consumption for All Buildings
*Rating Your Building’s Energy Performance (versus other similar buildings)
*Estimating Your Carbon Footprint
*Setting Investment Priorities
*Verifying and Tracking Progress of Improvement Projects
*Gaining EPA Recognition (like the UU Congregation of Atlanta and First Parish in Needham)

To watch the recorded session of the UUA and EnergyStar webinar go to https://energystar.webex.com/energystar/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=TC&rID=48233262&rKey=41c4df31afe679bc&act=pb

The Data Collection Worksheet and the Quick Reference Guide mentioned in the recorded session are useful tools for getting started with the Portfolio Manager.

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