The conviction to care for the earth, and the Bay in particular, comes from the realization that loving our neighbor isn't only about our human neighbors, but includes all of creation – creatures, plants, earth, water and air.
As a congregation, St. Alban's has been convinced of our responsibility to the environment, and we keep taking steps toward reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging ourselves and others to act at home as well.
- carpeting is 100% recyclable
- the vinyl flooring in the worship space was the most sustainable we could find (wood was not an option because there is concrete underneath)
- As many light fixtures as is practical have been fitted with fluorescent lightbulbs, and are as efficient as possible
- Bathroom lights are on automatic timers
- Paper, plastic and cans are recycled on a regular basis
- Paper goods and cleaning supplies are ecofriendly
- Landscaping is drought-resistant and includes many perennials and native plants
- Our HVAC systems are energy-efficient; natural gas is the fuel for heating
- Classrooms and the kitchen have individual HVAC units for better efficiency
NEWEST ACTION: Our solar panels provide most of our electricity, making use of the clear land we have in front of the church. The panels are owned by a small group of investors, AlbanSol LLC, and the church buys all the electricity generated at a rate about 25% lower than the current commercial rate. Bishop Henry Parsley dedicated the panels on September 13, 2015.