Committee for Alternative Resource Energy — CARE

Choosing an Energy Supplier

Choosing an Energy Supplier


Using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar to produce electricity provides two important benefits. First, the burning of fossil fuels is eliminated which greatly reduces the human impact on climate change. Second, as its name implies, renewable energy sources are continuously available and do not require destructive practices such as mining.

Sister Diane Cook, Benedictine Sisters' Community Treasurer explained, “We had been using partially green energy for some time. Early in 2017 we decided to explore what was available and...

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CARE selected articles, websites, videos

Carl Sagan on the Pale Blue Dot

Posted December 15, 2017

Bill Nye on Climate Change

Posted March 3, 2017

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. Download and use this checklist
  2. 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 Benedictine Sisters' Corporate Committment to sustainability.
  • To be a resource for energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy information for the Benedictine Community and their Oblates.
  • To acknowledge those positive environmental changes made by the Benedictine Sisters and Oblates.
  • To work with other organizations seeking to positively impact climate change such as Green Building Alliance, Energy Star, and 2030 Erie.
  • 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

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