Two members of our diocesan Solar Team will speak at the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on Thursday, August 6, from  3:30-4:30 pm (online). The Rev. Craig Foster and Ken Wright will describe the Solarize Ohio project to place solar panels on churches through a Power Purchase Agreement financed by the Episcopal Church Building Fund and private investors.

The Rev. Craig Foster

Craig’s and Ken’s talk is part of the only session on faith-based initiatives among the 20 breakouts of the annual summit, which will be held virtually Aug. 5-7. MRSS’s 2020 theme is “Cities of the Future: Becoming a Regenerative Region.”  You can register for the virtual summit here:  https://www.greenumbrella.org/event-3608957?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=5/22/2020

Craig and Ken will give an overview of Solarize Ohio PPA’s financing model, which allows churches to use solar panels without upfront capital or ongoing maintenance costs.  The project is designed to reduce churches’ carbon footprint and operating costs, improve racial equity, and send a compelling message to the community that the Episcopal Church is committed to improving its stewardship of the environment that all living things on Earth must share. Our diocesan PPA is a groundbreaking model that could be replicated by other regional judicatories, including Methodist districts, Lutheran synods, and Catholic dioceses.

Ken Wright

The MRSS conference draws people from across the Midwest.  It will kick off on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m. with a keynote from award-winning, urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter. Majora will join Hamilton County Commissioner Victoria Parks and Jaime Love, Associate Director of US Programs at the Institute for Sustainable Communities, on Thursday, August 6 at 12:30 p.m. for the lunchtime plenary, “Reframing Sustainability: Exploring the Intersection of Race, Health and Environment.”

Following the Aug. 6 plenary, the remaining two days will consist of breakouts that feature over 50 experts and industry leaders from around the Midwest. Check out the full schedule and learn more about our speakers here. https://www.midwestsustainabilitysummit.org/program
Participants will receive access to recordings of all the sessions.

The Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit is sponsored by Green Umbrella, the City of Cincinnati, Xavier University’s Brueggemann Center, and the Greater Cincinnati Green Building Council.

Ariel Miller is a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming, and a member of the diocesan solar team.