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As a follow-up to the Net Zero Summary Report presented at the congregational meeting in May, the Net Zero @ Neighborhood Committee has now published their final detail plan for achieving the Church’s aspiration to become a net zero-emitter of greenhouse gases by 2030.

The detailed plan includes:

  • Introduction & Summary of the Net Zero Plan
  • Brief history of Neighborhood Church’s environmental efforts
  • Description of the process used to develop the Net Zero plan
  • Recommendations for governance (roles & responsibilities) and path forward
  • Net Zero Action Plan: detailed, building-by-building energy efficiency and weatherization opportunities
  • List of possible sources of funding for the Net Zero effort

The goal for putting this kind of detailed plan together was to create a clear vision and actionable starting point for Neighborhood’s Net Zero efforts. As such, the plan is not meant to be a static document, rather a dynamic document to be updated by the Net Zero Committee or Green Council as they and the Church’s staff and Board work and learn together from their experience executing the plan.

As an example of the kinds of things that have already grown out of this plan:

  • The Net Zero Committee and Green Council have been developing a strong working relationship with Marta Membreno, our new Director of Finance and Administration, to fit this plan into the church’s routine facility maintenance program.
  • The first Net Zero energy efficiency projects have been completed, with Randy Baer leading a joint effort between staff (custodian Stanley Brooks) and Green Council members (John Podlenski, Susette Horspool & Leslie Swanson) to install highly efficient LED lights in the sanctuary and preschool, saving an estimated 3,500 kWh or $300 of electricity per year.
  • A Net Zero Advisory Committee has been created to oversee large projects on campus, ensuring financial, environmental, structural and aesthetic concerns are considered. Work has begun on gathering design and cost estimates for on-site solar panels and for replacing the Church’s old and inefficient air conditioners.

Please give this Net Zero Detail Plan a look and let me know what you think or how you would like to get involved (  The 20-page report can be found on the church’s website (NetZeroPlan-Jul2018) and represents the culmination of a tremendous amount of work over the last year by your dedicated Net Zero @ Neighborhood Committee; including Stephanie Ballard (staff rep.), Cary Belling, Frank Colcord (chair), Clyde Derrick (Board rep.), Peter Eisenhardt, Susette Horspool, Terry Krueger, Rachel Macias, Evan Nuckles, Joe Pardee, John Podlenski, Rody Stephenson, and Leslie Swanson (Green Council chair).

Written by Frank Colcord

One Response to Net Zero @ Neighborhood – Detailed Net Zero Plan Released

  1. DeAnn Morris says:

    Hello, Frank and everyone else:

    I just read through your report. I want to thank all of you for the work that ended in this plan. I am staggered by it. Grateful. Thank you.