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The Meeting House
Location Columbia, MD
Organization Type Religious
Percentage Green Power 100.0%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Purchase Yes
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Oakland Mills Interfaith Center/The Meeting House is the religious home to five Jewish and Christian Congregations, which share the facility for their office and worship space needs. Beginning in May of 2013, they started obtaining all of their electricity from wind powered sources. This was done through a cooperative of faith based organizations. Additionally, a portion of their electricity rate is also earmarked to help those people in need in their community improve the efficiency of their own residences. The Meeting House decided to join in this effort to reduce their carbon footprint when they discovered that this could done with competitive electricity pricing and was not going to cost them more. "I think that the biggest misconception is that 'going green' is necessarily very expensive. Through cooperative aggregation of many religious facilities in our area, we were able to do this with virtually no extra cost," said Mike Shaw, the facility's Executive Vice President. The facility is now investigating putting solar panels on its roof to reduce the need for electricity from the grid.

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