Way to Go Faith Presbyterian Church!

Faith Presbyterian Church is well on its way to becoming a greener church. The Session (the governing body of the church) passed a resolution in August, 2008 to make improvements that continue us on a path to be eco-friendly.
Faith conducted an intense Green Survey in the summer of 2008. The immediate changes that we took eliminated Styrofoam cups and plates, replacing them with coated paper product substitutes that are easily bio-degradable. Another quick change was to convert all of our of photocopy paper and office stationery to a recycled brand of paper. Other changes will occur in the future building plans and purchases.
However, the story started in 1992 and continued into 2000 when Faith underwent two major construction expansion projects. To save on energy consumption, we made a deliberate attempt to use only local building materials. Additionally,
we tried to limit the source of any materials at no farther than a 500 mile radius of the building. We have been quite successful doing that. The lumber packages used in our construction are a perfect example of this local emphasis.
The lumber packages include all dimension lumber, plywood, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), and wood related materials that went into the construction. The only exceptions were the GLULAM (glue laminated) arches in the sanctuary, the
sanctuary roof decking, and some treated frame lumber under the platform. Those items came from much farther away.
The importance of local materials is that there are less truck transportation miles to get it to site, therefore less fuel emissions burned up endangering the ozone layer. We tracked all of our lumber supplies not only to the brand name
and headquarters of the company, but to the particular mill that cut and processed and made the pieces as well as the specific forests that the raw trees were cut from.
We also took it a step further to inquire into how the plants operated and how processing was done in term of managing the forests for sustainability, use of recycled materials in the manufacture of plywood and OSB, the pollution and
emission controls that the plant operated with, and what steps were taken to reduce any use of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde in making plywood and OSB. SFI (Sustainable Forest Initiative) standards for forests were important. EPA
(Environmental Protection Agency) clean air standards were rated for each plant.
Our efforts paid off and we made sure that materials only came from good
sources.
The hardwood maple on the platform of our Sanctuary was all from local Indiana cuttings. With all of our southern pine framing from Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, we were within the goal of 500 miles.  We can confirm that all concrete block, exterior limestone pieces, and interior split-face stone components all came from quarries near Bedford, Indiana. The glass block windows in the gym came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. All of the insulation pieces came from Crothersville, Indiana or Corning’s plant in Toledo, Ohio. Toilets and urinals came from Kohler in Wisconsin, while the faucets were by Delta in Indianapolis, Indiana. All of the stone base, ready-mixed concrete, and asphalt parking lot paving materials came from IMI quarries in central Indiana. Source of drywall in 1992 was a National Gypsum plant in Shoals, Indiana, and the 2000 drywall supplier was the Georgia-Pacific plant in Wheatfield Indiana (which claims 96 percent recycled use content and large LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits). They also operate
within FGD (Federal Gas Desulphurization) rues that remove sulfur dioxide from its omissions.

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