Seminary prepares to go green year round (11/1/08)
|Increasing annual gifts to the Gettysburg Seminary Fund
|Growing the Seminary Endowment
|Developing our historic campus
|Sustaining the Luther Institute, an international learning center
|Strengthening Theological Education with Youth (TEY)
|Planned gifts (various purposes)
|Total as of March 31 2010
In their studies of the seasons of the church year, seminarians learn that about half the church year is “green.” For the Sundays after Pentecost (usually June through November), along with those January/February Sundays after Epiphany, green is the liturgical color. Green symbolizes growth in discipleship that the spirit engenders. Very soon, however, a comprehensive “green” consciousness, attentive to wise energy use and conservation, will embrace the entire seminary community year-round.
Having passed an initial geothermal engineering “quiz” this summer that involved drilling a test well on the campus to determine the feasibility of a geothermal heat pump system, the Seminary plans to go forward with a staged geothermal conversion of its climate control system. General Charles Armstrong, (US Army, retired), member of Trinity, Camp Hill, PA, is helping guide the process, which will involve establishment of a “green task force” to identify ways to conserve energy, educate the seminary community, and increase conservation measures in all aspects of the seminary’s life. The geothermal project will reduce the Seminary’s energy costs by 20-30%, with a pay-back period of 5-11 years, depending on the size of the particular building. Crossroads gifts designated for “campus development” will support the geothermal conversion, along with necessary renovations and expansion due to enrollment.