The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the Christian Reformed Church’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) headquarters its Energy Star certification. The only other denomination to receive that certification is the Presbyterian Church (USA). The efforts to reduce use of electricity in the building and plant a garden on the roof were led by John Bolt, the CRC’s director of finance and operations.
Bolt told the Board of Trustees that the denomination invested $2 million dollars to reduce its power consumption. He said that $900,000 of that has been recouped in the past five years. He noted that they have saved 3,200 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent produced annually by 600 automobiles.