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By Kent Larsen

Coalition Promotes Church Energy Conservation in California

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- As the California energy crisis heats up, a coalition of California churches is trying to help its members conserve energy. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is conserving says Orange County spokesman Joe Bentley.

Bentley says that Brigham Young taught the church to conserve, saying "waste not, want not." Bentley also adds that some 50 LDS chapels in Orange County and 300 throughout Southern California have been conserving energy since the mid 1990s, when the Church started shutting down heat and air conditioning during peak hours.

The coalition wants to sign up at least 1,000 churches for its effort, which will distribute conservation literature, decrease energy bills for low-income consumers and promote conservation both among churches and their members. The group will also conduct energy audits of church buildings and upgrade their facilities to more energy-efficient appliances.

Father M. A. "Mac" Collins, a steering committee member of California Interfaith Power and Light, as the Oakland-based coalition is known, justifies the campaign using scripture, "God gave man stewardship over the earth and as people of faith, we must be concerned about the use of resources," he says.


Churches seeing the light of saving energy
Orange co CA Register 6May01 B1
By Carol McGraw: Orange County Register
Statewide coalition hopes to sign up 1,000 congregations within three months.


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