“[St. Francis] shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace,” Pope Francis says in his Laudato Si encyclical, in which he explains the urgent call, as people of faith and goodwill, for us to care for God’s creation. The CMC recognizes that low income and minority people are often hit first and the hardest by the consequences of environmental degradation. Thus, in serving our brothers and sisters in need, it is also essential that the CMC is a good steward of creation.
Over a two-phase project, the CMC installed solar photovoltaic panels on its roof to help lower its electric bill, have more funds available to help the community, and reduce its environmental footprint in a meaningful way.
Community Environment Program
This bilingual program aims to include a diverse group of people in environmental stewardship education and projects affecting our own neighborhood and lives. Contact us to participate!
CMC reduced its energy use by installing a demand-controller for its HVAC system, which gives us more precise control over the amount of energy used to heat and cool the building. And, CMC has replaced its over 500 fluorescent bulbs with much more efficient LED lights.
This garden was designed and installed by CMC neighbors and volunteers. It is designed to capture and filter stormwater runoff so it can soak into the ground, stopping pollution from running into our lakes and streams, reducing flooding, and recharging our groundwater water supply.
Each year, CMC staff and volunteers partner with CMC neighbors to do a trash pick-up in the neighborhood or along Wingra Creek, which is located less than half a block from CMC. A little effort goes a long way in helping our environment and showing our neighbors we care.
The CMC cooks and serves a meal every day of the week, and it has a food pantry garden. It only made sense to close this loop by composting kitchen scraps, which is done through the help of volunteers who take the scraps for compost to our pantry garden or other area gardens!