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Eye-Opening Creation Care Stats for Church Leaders

Eye-Opening Creation Care Stats for Church Leaders

Noteworthy statistics on the benefits of environmental stewardship

As you ramp up for your next new building or renovation project for your church or church campus, creation care and environmental stewardship may be on your mind. Here are some noteworthy statistics compiled by WFM reporter Keith Loria. If you have more stats to add or stories from your own ministry's efforts, share them belowand let the creation care dialogue begin.

Green Building Construction

Today's overall green building market is expected to more than double, reaching between $96-$140 billion in 2013 vs. $36-$49 billion in 2008 for residential and commercial buildings.

By 2015, an estimated 40%-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green, equating to a $120-$145 billion opportunity.

2 billion square feet of building space are LEED-certified (as of June 2012).

The green building market included 2% of non-residential construction starts in 2005; 12% in 2008; and grew to 28%-35% in 2012.

The construction market accounts for 5.5% of the $14.7 trillion U.S. GDP3. This includes all commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure construction.

With energy efficiency financing having the potential to soar from $20-$150 billion annually, over one million jobs could be created.

Green renovation will comprise 20%-30% of the U.S. renovation market in the next five years.

As of June 2010, more than one billion square feet of space had been LEED certified in over 3,000 projects.

Source: McGraw-Hill Construction: Key Trends in the European and U.S. Construction Marketplace SmartMarket Report


If there was just a 30% reduction in energy consumption in commercial buildings (including churches), it would:

Save $72 billion

Remove 120 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the air

Be the equivalent of removing 12 million cars from the road

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Energy represents the single largest controllable operating expense for commercial buildings (including churches), typically one-third of variable expenses.

Source: Xcel Energy


A 3-watt LED bulb will last 10 years and produce the same light as a 75-watt incandescent bulb.

Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with a 13-watt compact fluorescent can save at least $30 in electricity costs over the bulb's lifetime.

Compact fluorescent bulbs last about 10,000 hours compared to 850 hours for an incandescent bulb.

Energy Star lighting uses at least 2/3 less energy than standard lighting.

Photo sensors on lights reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency


Americans throw out enough office paper each year to build a 12-foot-high wall of paper from New York City to Seattle.

Glass can be recycled an infinite number of times and never wears out.

Making glass from recycled material cuts related water pollution by 50%.

Recycling one glass jar saves enough electricity to light an 11-watt CFL bulb for 20 hours.

Making new paper from recycled paper uses 30%-50% less energy than making paper from trees. It also reduces contributions to air pollution by 95%.

The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television set for three hours.

Source: County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works Solid Waste Management Division

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