The Lighthouse Project is a year-long pilot of Faith & the Common Good, working in the three cities of Hamilton, Brampton and Toronto to encourage the conversation around extreme weather preparedness and the role of faith communities as neighbourhood resilience hubs. Environment Hamilton is the Hamilton partner. We are rolling out the project in the wonderful Beasley Neighbourhood!
This pilot uses community engagement strategies to promote local multi-stakeholder networks or resilience hubs. These contribute to extreme weather preparedness: before, during and after an event.
Three ideas that contribute to local climate resilience:
1: Faith communities engage in both community service and care for the environment. As familiar landmarks in vulnerable neighbourhoods they have the facilities and networks that make them the ideal sites or catalysts for 'resilience hubs.'
2: Neighbourhoods are most resilient when residents know each other, have multiple active networks, care for their vulnerable neighbours and have committed and tangible external supports.
3: Every community is different; this pilot will first ask what concerns are central to each. The answers to that question will inform outreach strategies, processes and goals. Each community-led pilot will be relevant and distinct to its own needs.
Please visit the Lighthouse Project website for more details and upcoming events.
We are working with Faith & the Common Good (FCG) to deliver this three year pilot.
Hamilton faith communities are invited to participate in tracking their energy consumption, because understanding current energy use is the first step in reducing it. Launched in 2017, FCG's Energy Benchmarking Program is helping faith communities take practical and economical climate action by lowering their energy use and emissions.
“Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and largest single resource solution for simultaneously saving energy, saving money, and preventing GHG emissions.” – Energy Star Action Workbook for Congregations, US EPA, 2017
Please visit the FCG website for details on how your faith group can participate.