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Mennonite Church Canada going greener


Vern Janzen, a retired electrician and a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Man. helps Mennonite Church Canada go greener by installing energy efficient lighting.

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February 19, 2010
- Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — The denominational offices of Mennonite Church Canada are continuing efforts to “go green.”  With the help of a grant from Manitoba Hydro, energy efficient lighting has been installed in all offices. Volunteer electrician Vern Janzen took preliminary readings of the new installations that suggest a 19% reduction in electricity use.

Mennonite Church Canada has already paid attention to reducing the ecological footprint of annual assemblies by inviting participants to bring their own coffee mugs and water bottles to reduce disposable container use, and introducing composting. For years, staff has already closely scrutinized air travel to combine meetings in destination locations and optimize long distance travel. In addition, international ministry staff and workers increasingly use VOIP technologies such as Skype to connect with projects and programs overseas.

David Neufeld represents Mennonite Church Canada on the Mennonite Creation Care Network. “MC Canada is to be commended for its continuing attention to this stewardship issue. When we practice creation care, as churches, families and as individuals, we are honouring God, the creator and redeemer of all things," wrote Neufeld in response to the lighting upgrade.

There is more that can be done, said Louie Sawatzky, interim Executive Secretary of Support Services, “… but with each incremental step we are reducing our cumulative impact on the environment.”