Webinar: Energy Stewardship for Seminarians

Dear Friends –

We would like to invite you to join Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Green Seminary Initiative for the first in a series of two webinars entitled Energy Stewardship for Seminarians. The first webinar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 2-3 pm ET (11 am – 12 noon PT).

How to Join
To join the webinar, click:
Please log on to the webinar ten minutes early so that your computer can download any necessary software. Audio will be provided through your computer. To turn on the computer audio for the webinar, when you log in, you will see an icon on the screen that either says “I will call in” or “Audio Settings.” Click on this icon, and follow the prompts to enable the computer audio.

What will be covered?
Congregations’ greatest negative environmental impact almost always comes through their use of energy.  Seminaries' energy use rates high on their environmental impacts. However, seminarians have not had access to education enabling them to manage their facilities’ energy and influence their schools’ energy use in a manner that upholds their commitment to caring for God’s creation. The result is that the vast majority of church facilities and seminaries have bloated carbon footprints and spend far more than needed on their energy bills.

This webinar, the first in a series of two, will provide participants with an introduction to the topic. The first webinar will address the moral and financial imperative for energy stewardship, describe how clergy can motivate and engage congregational leaders, prepare students to do a basic energy audit of their seminaries and provide guidance on temperature control and heating/cooling systems. The second webinar will address lighting, facility usage patterns, appliances, and financing for efficiency retrofits.

The webinar series is sponsored by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) and the Green Seminary Initiative (GSI). PLTS is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a graduate school of California Lutheran University, and a member of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. GSI, a partnership between Drew Theological School and GreenFaith, fosters efforts by theological schools and seminaries to incorporate care for creation into the identity and mission of the institution.  More information is available at

The webinar will be recorded and the link made available on the GSI website and the PLTS website.  
We look forward to sharing the webinar with you.


Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Professor of Theological and Social Ethics
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Laurel Kearns
Associate Professor, Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies
Drew Theological School
Green Seminary Initiative co-founder