What it is:

Our Green Audit is a fee for service offered through the Greening Sacred Spaces program. It is 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. Participants receive a comprehensive report including recommendations for saving energy, money, heat, and water.

Video Courtesy of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa:

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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

Anglican Church of Canada Green Audit support available:

"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?

If so, please read here about way in which “Creation Matters”, the environmental working group of the Anglican Church of Canada can help.


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



Click here to open a pdf document about our Green Audit program.

The audit covers topics such as air quality, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, daily operations and maintenance.  The auditor then creates a report specifically tailored to your faith community with 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

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What to Expect from 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. Our 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 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 are just learning about green building design and energy systems, we recommend that you and your green team/building managers browse through our FCG website at www.faith-commongood.net.  Our extensive GSS Resource Kit will prepare you to make the best use of the audit and follow up planning and green projects. Order GSS Resources from our website above, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call: 1-800-231-1877 x102.

If you would like more information on the Green Audit, please contact Stephen Collette at 705-652-5159 or

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Click here to download a pdf of this information




Faith Community Resilience Hubs: Extreme Weather Impacts for Toronto & Building Community Engagement

Mon. Feb. 2, 8:30-10:30 am, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

David MacLeod, Senior Environmental Specialist, Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto will talk about what impacts Toronto can expect during the next extreme weather event and the role that faith communities might play.

Jeff Noel, Divisional Director, Emergency Disaster Services, Salvation Army (Ontario Central East), will talk about community partners and how we can work together to deal with an emergency.

Register at  Feb 2 Faith Community Resilience Hubs Workshop

For information, contact Donna Lang dlang@faith-commongood.net


Integral Faith and Transformational Inquiry Workshop — Feb 2 - 4, 2015




























Register: www.stpaulscentre.ca/registration/


The Green Rule: A World Interfaith Harmony Week Hike

February 8, 2:00 - 4:00, Rouge Park, Toronto

An Afternoon Hike Through Rouge National Urban Park


This hike through Rouge Valley Urban Park was inspired by the Green Rule' poster created by Faith & the Common Good to demonstrate that each religion and spiritual philosophy has a long-standing tradition of ecological stewardship. During this hike, your guide Michelle Singh will share the Rules as we walk and reflect on our own deep connection with nature. 'Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.'

Hosted by World Interfaith Harmony Week, Toronto www.interfaithtoronto.ca


Light for Lima:

Ottawa faith communities joined an international candlle- and solar-lit vigil to show concern for climate change. Organized in Ottawa by CPJ and Faith & the Common Good.


Greening Sacred Spaces is also on Facebook and Youtube! Find our blog posts here.





GSS Blog
Is geothermal a good fit for your faith building?

Many of the Faith Communities that we visit during the Green Audit are in the market for a new boiler or furnace.  We often come across gigantic mechanical beasts that suck up huge amounts of Natural Gas every heating season.  In many cases, I am asked about geothermal and whether or not it would make sense in a given situation.  I hope to shed some light on that question here.

Old boiler

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