Cupich says Chicago archdiocese will act on climate change

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Catholic archdiocese is the nation’s first to monitor its buildings’ power and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

Archbishop Blase Cupich joined US Environmental Protection Agency officials Friday to mark the Church’s stewardship initiative, an answer to Pope Francis’ entreaty to preserve the earth.

In 2014, the archdiocese’s energy costs were nearly $30 million. That included $13.5 million for electricity and $16 million for gas. The benchmarking process doesn’t save any money.
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It seems that most parishes do something similar, primarily for financial considerations.

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