The diocesan Commission on Church Architecture, at its meeting on June 14, 2011, approved the Greenbacks for Greener Churches grants for 12 parishes totaling $138,742.24 to help them become more energy efficient.

The grants, covering up to 80% of improvement costs, are part of a three-year diocesan initiative announced last February.

"We hope this will be a very beneficial way of supporting all of our congregations, especially those with aging facilities," said Bishop Price. "It is my hope that this project will save parish utility dollars and reduce 'energy footprints.'"

Applications and deadlines for the 2012 grants will be announced in early 2012.

Parish Use
St. Andrew's Highland Park Insulation
St. Michael's, Ligonier Replace windows & insulation
St. Thomas, Oakmont Divide heating system, nave lighting replacement
All Saints, Brighton Heights Upgrade heating system, boiler maintenance, weatherproofing
Holy Cross, Homewood Window replacement
St. Thomas, Canonsburg Roof replacement
St. Mark's, Johnstown Replace two boilers
St. Brendan's, Franklin Park Programmable thermostats, New drywall ceilings
St. Francis, Somerset New heating/cooling system
Christ Church, North Hills Upgrade to programmable thermostats
St. Peter's, Brentwood Replace windows and install heat pumps
Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh Repair sanctuary air handler, windows sealing
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