Montevallo Presbyterian Church
510 Shelby Street P.O. Box 456
Montevallo, AL 35115
Montevallo Presbyterian Church (MPC) in Montevallo, Alabama is a church of about 50 members. The sanctuary of the church was constructed in 1902, and the church fellowship area, Sunday school rooms, and kitchen were added around 1930. We also maintain a building for Presbyterian college student fellowship, where most activities during the week occur and where the church offices are located. Thus, the sanctuary building is usually occupied only on Sundays.
Like many congregations with older buildings, MPC has struggled with the cost of utilities and maintenance, largely because our buildings had no insulation in the walls or ceilings. In 2008, MPC renovated the church fellowship area, Sunday school rooms, and kitchen adjacent to the sanctuary. To improve energy and financial performance, we incorporated strategies from the EPA's ENERGY STAR program.
For example, during our renovation, we insulated the building to R-32, replaced all the old single-pane windows with energy-efficient ones, and installed ceiling fans to improve the comfort level in the building when these rooms are occupied. We also installed energy-efficient lighting, featuring T8 bulbs and electronic ballasts, and a new HVAC system with two energy-efficient heat pumps. To help control heat gain from the sun, we also installed blinds. We have recently installed a timer for our water heater so that we are now heating water on Sundays only. As part of our kitchen renovation, we installed ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, including a dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave oven.
The church "Green Team" monitors daily energy and environmental practices, including energy usage and management; water usage and management; waste stream reduction and management; impacts of our activities on air, water, and land; reduction of toxic substances; environmental education; attention to care of creation in worship, liturgy, and prayer; and use of organic products.
In an effort to minimize our environmental impacts and energy consumption, we established a maintenance checklist with a monthly schedule of maintenance activities performed by our church members. These activities include cleaning and changing HVAC filters; cleaning condensing units; monitoring for water leaks; using T8 and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs; maintaining weatherstripping; landscaping with native plants to reduce/eliminate the need for watering; eliminating the use of toxic herbicides and pesticides; composting yard waste and leaves; and conducting environmental audits of our activities. Other improvements include recycling metals, plastics, paper, glass, and electronics and eliminating the use of paper and Styrofoam plates and cups at church functions.
Our 1902 sanctuary was not included in the 2008 renovation, so we look forward to implementing further energy efficiencies when we are able to update that space.
In July 2010, an Associated Press article titled "Efficient Churches Bear ENERGY STAR Label" by Jay Lindsay was published in the local Birmingham News. The AP article included Montevallo Presbyterian as one of the churches representative of ENERGY STAR performance levels. The AP article was also carried in papers in other regions of the country--the Seattle Times, the Chico Enterprise Record, and the Detroit News. A ceremony is being planned for the installation of the ENERGY STAR plaque in the building.
"Montevallo Presbyterian is seeking not only to make and keep our facilities "green," but we are also trying to spread the 'green word' that God calls us to care for, preserve, repair, and protect our world. This planet is one of God's greatest gifts not only to humanity, but also to animals, plants, and to all of creation. As beings given much power and ability, we are also tasked with the responsibility to care for and maintain our world."-- Rev. Leanne Reed, Pastor, Montevallo Presbyterian Church (USA)
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Montevallo Presbyterian Church or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
Montevallo Presbyterian Church
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Facility Type: Worship Facility
Total Floorspace: 4560 sf
Year Constructed: 1902
Contract Type: None