More Methodist buildings going 'green,' environmentally speaking

Picture of new North Carolina Conference headquarters
The North Carolina Conference Center is among a growing number of United Methodist facilities seeking to save money, help the environment and provide comfortable conditions for people using the buildings with "green" construction or renovation. Photo from North Carolina Conference.

Direct sunlight, a wooded, natural setting, access to a patio with a view — staff at the United Methodist North Carolina Conference Center find a lot to like about their building.

Christine Dodson, the conference treasurer, is among those who appreciate the aesthetics of the 5-year-old building in Garner, near Raleigh.

“Our view from every window is a natural scene,” she said, noting that the shift from the previous ‘60s-era conference headquarters has been a real morale-booster. “It is just a more calm and serene setting.”

Those windows are not only an employee perk but also a benefit of an environmental commitment to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification that has resulted in energy efficiency, financial savings and, potentially, more money for ministry. The move brought utility costs down 25 percent.

Read more of this story from United Methodist News Service, which includes a reference to recent construction by First UMC, Orlando. The Florida United Methodist Center in Lakeland, pictured on the FLUMC home page, also qualified as a LEED building in 2010.

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