Project Footprint


Project Footprint

5 Year Carbon Footprint Reduction Initiative


The United Church is deeply concerned about the effects of climate change and is actively working with varied partners for climate justice in Canada and around the world.


We recognize that the church is a major property owner, and that we need to "walk the talk," so in April, 2015, Ottawa Presbytery committed itself to reducing the carbon footprint of its buildings by 25% over five years.


This is right thing to do, but it is also a big challenge; we can't do it alone.  Fortunately, we have been able to partner with Faith and the Common Good to kick off our project with an intensive data gathering and analysis exercise that will allow us to move confidently into planning the work that needs to be done.


We have sent an introductory letter to every church in the region and are following up with individual telephone calls. The amazing people at Faith and the Common Good have put together an unique data-collection spreadsheet to make it easy for churches to gather and record the information they need in order to assess what should be done to reduce their carbon emission footprint by 25%.


We hope that every church will complete the data collection process before the end of April, 2016.


Completed spreadsheets can be returned to the Project Footprint team at


This is a truly exciting initiative!  Part of our agreement with Faith and the Common Good is to act as a test case and pilot project for a national carbon reduction strategy for the whole United Church.  What we do here in Ottawa will ripple out across all of Canada!



Project Footprint Resources


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Letter to Churches - April, 2017


Introductory Letter to Churches - March, 2016


Data Collection Spreadsheet - March, 2016