Climate Action at Minnehaha United Methodist Church

As United Methodists, we acknowledge the global impact of humanity’s disregard for God’s creation. The use of fossil fuels has led to a buildup of pollutants in the earth’s atmosphere. These “greenhouse gas” emissions threaten to dramatically alter the earth’s climate for generations to come - with severe environmental, economic, and social implications. The adverse impacts of global climate change disproportionately affect individuals and nations least responsible for these emissions.

Journey Toward Carbon Neutrality
As a congregation committed to social justice, we believe Minnehaha must not only acknowledge this real impact to our climate and its inhabitants, but also account for it and be the good stewards of God’s creation we are called to be. Minnehaha has made important strides on the journey towards carbon neutrality. Thanks to the work and support of our Minnehaha Solar Committee, Apadana Solar, the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program and many incredible people from our congregation, Minnehaha completed the installation of a 40kW solar array in October 2018. With the installation of energy monitoring tools in June of 2019 we are better equipped to evaluate electricity usage and target strategic areas to improve energy efficiency.

Taking Action
Minnehaha’s Sustainability and Climate Action Committee seeks to identify and pursue meaningful and actionable steps around sustainable environmental practices and climate justice issues. The first “Earth Day” in 1970 centered around education of environmental issues. As we mark the 50th year of Earth Day, Minnehaha has committed to significantly reduce carbon emissions beginning in 2020 through the adoption of programs such as Windsource from Xcel Energy.

Connect with Us
Share your ideas and connect with the Sustainability and Climate Action Committee at: climateaction@minnehaha.org