Here’s a good question to wake you up – Is your God LEED certified? It’s a bit presumptuous and might earn you a whack on the head with a Bible, but there’s a good case for demanding that your House of Worship be certified green.
Let’s start with Park51, better known as the $100 million Cordoba House project in Manhattan two blocks from Ground Zero, which many people oppose. But two things happened recently, which virtually ensure the project will go through.
First, President Obama announced his support for the project. Secondly, it was reported that Park 51 would be the nation’s first LEED certified green mosque.
It gives the mosque a layer of protection against critics and serves as a model (in terms of construction and design) for new Houses of Worship that are being built.
The indirect environmental impact of a green-certified Church is much more than a green hotel or a green school or federal building, considering the Church’s influence and capacity to mold public opinion.
According to the USGBC, there are only 15 LEED certified Churches in the US, as of April 2010. Many others have basic green initiatives in place, but haven’t gone in for a comprehensive green makeover or certification of any kind.
It does underline the point that there is no ‘holy green edict’ that Churches need to follow.