Students learn about energy through a bike generator project. Photo courtesy of Holy Cross Ministries.

Carbon Footprint Reduction Fund

In “Laudato si’: On care for our common home,” Pope Francis identifies climate change as “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” (para. 25). Recognizing that the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — primarily through fossil fuel use — is a major contributing factor of climate change, the Congregation has established the Carbon Footprint Reduction Fund (CFRF) to support carbon-reducing projects and to promote the use of renewable energies in sisters' local communities and congregation-sponsored ministries.

Each spring, Sisters of the Holy Cross are able to submit grant requests for carbon-reducing projects. Past funded projects include a solar refrigerator to store medicines in Kyembogo, Uganda; installation of solar power in a school in Bangladesh and convents in Ghana, Brazil and Bangladesh; planting of over 1800 trees in Uganda; and the purchase of an energy-efficient door for a U.S. convent.

Monies available through the CFRF are currently provided by the Congregation. With your financial support, the Congregation can fund many more innovative and greatly needed carbon-reducing projects, yet to be determined, in the coming year. Will you join us in our commitment to care for creation, by making a donation online or mail? We thank you for your generous gift to the Carbon Footprint Reduction Fund.

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