SSPP – Sustainability Efforts
1) LED Lighting
An ongoing objective of the Parish Facilities Team is to equip the SSPP campus with LED lighting. LED bulbs are presently installed in the following places:
Hallway sconces, side entrance track lighting, lighting on pillars illuminating side and main altars, vestibule chandelier.
Parish Office area
Second level: lighting in restroom at reception area, hanging light fixtures near copy machine, conference room lights.
Loveley Room; Mezzanine
Second level above Loveley Room restrooms and showers
All recessed lighting installed during 2013 renovation
A study comparing SSPP’s energy consumption using incandescent and fluorescent bulbs to
energy consumption assuming use of LED bulbs, and demonstrating potential cost savings
generated by switching to LEDs, was completed in 2018-19. The analysis showed specific areas
of lighting where the cost of using LED bulbs would be offset by energy cost savings over a short
2) Building Temperature Controls
Wireless, wi-fi programmable thermostatic controls of church heating and air conditioning systems were installed in 2018-19.
Some of the windows on the St. Antoine side of the church were repaired and re-glazed in 2019 to, among other goals, better contain heat and cool air within the church.
Aerators were added to restroom and kitchen sinks in the Parish Office area, Loveley Room and to the sacristy sink.
5) Energy Study
An energy study was completed by a contractor in 2016. Building & Grounds Committee volunteers implemented simple measures recommended in the study:
Wrapped insulation on selected pipes in Parish Office area kitchen and Loveley Room and added power
strips in the Parish Office area.
6) System upgrades
2013 – new heating, air conditioning and ventilation units
2014 – new electrical service
Currently, the Facilities Team and the Green Team are exploring the possibility of converting to solar power.
As you can see, the parish is very committed to sustainability. Perhaps some of the ideas will spur you to make similar changes at home if you have not already done so.
Please remember to sign the Laudato Si pledge if haven’t already. https://thecatholicpetition.org/?source=email&
Prayer for Ecological Justice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crJmimO_Lcw
Greg Ridella, Facilities Team
Marsha Salley, Green Team