What it is:
The Greening Sacred Spaces Green Audit is a fee for service offered through Faith & the Common Good’s GSS program, designed to help faith communities see the greening opportunities in and around their sacred spaces and guide them on how to make changes towards greater energy efficiency, health and sustainability. The Green Audit involves a walk-through audit of your faith community building by a trained professional green auditor who identifies areas that could be greened within the building.
A Green Audit takes approximately three to four hours and a member or two from the faith community are encouraged to come along. The basic cost of the audit for buildings under 600m2/6,500ft2 is $800. Green Audits for buildings ranging in size from 6,500-12,000 ft2 are $1000 and 12,000 ft2 or more are $1250.
Green Audit Grants
"Are you struggling to make your church building a safe, hospitable space for worship and community ministry? Are your drafty windows and leaky taps drawing precious financial resources away from local outreach?
The Greening Niagara Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara
also offers new sustainability grants:
1) Green Audits Program
Eligibility: Parishes in the Diocese without a previously completed energy audit
Assistance Available: 50% of Green Audit cost
2) Capital Improvement Program
Eligibility: All Accredited Green parishes
Assistance available: Up to 25% of cost of pre-approved capital sustainability improvements.
Application deadlines: May 1 & Oct 1st each year. Applicants will receive decisions by May 30 and Oct 31
The audit covers topics such as air quality, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, daily operations and maintenance. The auditor will create a report specifically tailored to your faith community that will include findings and recommendations on how to improve the issues outlined. The report includes colour photos to help faith community members understand the areas of opportunity, and additional reference materials that committee members and staff can use to help turn the recommendations into actions.
It is important to note that Faith & the Common Good also has audit partners for comprehensive Energy Audits that focus more specifically on detailed energy measures for each religious building. The Green Audit is meant to be a broader more holistic overview of the wide range of greening topics to help faith communities prioritize a range of actions.
Click here to view a printable pdf version of our Green Audit Brochure (please note prices have increased since this brochure was printed; the base cost is now $800).
The video below shows highlights from a Green Audit at Beth Israel Synagogue in Peterborough
The Green Audit Process
An auditor will arrive at your faith community at a scheduled time. Faith community members and staff are encouraged to participate and gain hands-on insight into the process and the opportunities. Where feasible a blower door unit will be used to depressurize the building to help identify air leaks. The auditor will walk around the building, room by room and look at where energy efficiency could be improved, where potential air quality concerns are, where water resources could be saved, where waste could be diverted, and where operations of the building could be improved to save money and efforts. If grant money is available the auditor will help explain these opportunities. Where other similar faith communities have had successes and challenges, the auditor can also make recommendations. The auditor’s main purpose is to show you and your faith community members your building in a new light, from a more holistic perspective. Insights gained will help you with both short-term and long-term greening projects. The report will also assist with budgetary planning so that the report you receive facilitates the decision-making process with a valuable, easily understandable tool for all to use according to their various interests, roles and responsibilities in your sacred space.
Who is participating in the Green Audit? Read a case study of St James the Apostle Church in Carp, Ontario. They undertook Green Audits for all three sanctuaries in their parish, the youngest of which is 125 years old!
The First Steps
If you would like more information on the Green Audit, please contact Stephen Collette at 705-652-5159 or
Faith Communities = Neighbourhood Resilience Hubs
FCG: Greening Sacred Spaces is working to enhance the capacity of our communities, to better withstand the negative impacts of climate-induced extreme weather events (ex. heat, storms, flooding) by identifying, training, and mobilizing neighborhood faith groups to act as local resilience hubs.
Our project on the potential of faith communities to act as critical neighbourhood-level service hubs when responding to climate-induced extreme weather events was featured on CBC Radio Toronto's "Here and Now" and "Metro Morning" programs.
If your community or congregation is interested in learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about our work with the Sacred Water Circle
See what is coming up in your region on your regional chapter page, or see the FCG Event List for activities of Greening Sacred Spaces and faith communities in our network.