Committee for Alternative Resource Energy — CARE

Responding to the Signs of the Times

Sister Annette Marshall, author of Responding to the Signs of the Times

“We pledge … to reduce our carbon pollution 50% by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2050.” With these words from the 2015 Paris convention – the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) – our long-term commitment to living sustainably on planet Earth took on a new dimension as we embraced a specific, measurable goal for reducing our carbon footprint.

When three separate yet related things happen within a short timeframe, it’s a call to pay attention. In October, 2014 a small group of Oblates and community members formed a committee named CARE (Committee for Alternative Resource...

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CARE selected articles, websites, videos

Bill Nye on Climate Change

Posted March 3, 2017

Read Laudato Si for Lent

Ecospirituality Resources
Posted February 24, 2017

We suggest reflecting on Pope Francis' Laudato Si for Lent. Use Ecospirituality Resources for your Lenten journey.

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye

Posted February 24, 2017

CARE for the Earth

Care for the Earth, Mount Magazine Dec 2016
Posted January 3, 2017

The Mount Magazine featured CARE for the earth in an article in the December 2016 issue.

Erie Reader

Erie Reader
Posted December 14, 2016

Erie Benedictine Pat Lupo writes about the Paris Pledge.

What you can do

  1. Follow the Energy Conservation Pyramid
  2. Download and use this checklist
  3. Google “carbon footprint” and choose actions you can do to reduce your use of fossil fuels. See resource below.

About CARE

Sister Annette Marshall addressed the issue of climate change and the use of alternative energy resources in reducing our carbon footprint to sisters and oblates gathered for Community Weekend in October 2014. Some oblates asked how they could assist the community in this effort and CARE, the Committee for Alternative Energy Resources, was formed in response to those inquiries.

What is the purpose of CARE?

  • To help continue the efforts of the community’s corporate commitment to sustainability.
  • To function as a resource for the community, researching and gathering information to be used in community decision-making about investing in alternative energy sources. This process would include not only the Mount, but also all community buildings and small residences.
  • To acknowledge those positive environmental changes already made by the community.
  • To help the community seek membership in Energy Star and Green Building Alliance programs in order to assess current strengths and demonstrate opportunities for environmental improvement.
  • To be a witness to the Erie Community of the importance of energy conservation and how it can be done.

CARE Committee

Marlene Trambley, Oblate, chair
Sister Charles Marie Holze
Sister Dina Lauricella
Sister Pat Lupo
Sister Annette Marshall
Sam Miller
Neal Mosher, Oblate
Sharon Mosher, Oblate
Barb Roseborough, Oblate

Maintenance Team:
Gary Good and Dan Welch

Consultants:
Guy McUmber, Green Building Alliance; Steve Porter, NW PA Green Economy Task Force