The Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) in Bellingham, WA, is a place where a spiritual community grows and flourishes beneath a canopy of second-growth trees. It’s also a place where values are put into action. The mission of CSL is to provide a place for people on a spiritual path to be supported, inspired, and to learn. Their long-term vision is to help build a world that works for everyone.
Rev. Asebedo adds, “A spiritual community, in particular, has the opportunity to look deeply at not just the outer, but the inner ramifications of how we live and practice our faith. Quite naturally, that led us to contemplate how we could assist the Earth in regenerating herself, look at our own actions, and take responsibility for them.”
This contemplative consideration led the CSL team to look into making their campus and facilities the most energy-efficient they could be – which led them to Sustainable Connections’ Energy and Green Building Program. “We appreciate Sustainable Connections for helping us with the energy inventory; that really helped us begin the process of deeply looking at how can we be good stewards,” Rev. Asebedo explains.
These changes are just the beginning of what the Center for Spiritual Living envisions for their campus. One of the CSL’s dreams is to move their campus towards net-zero quickly and responsibly. And for a community that blends individual responsibility with collective action, it seems like anything is possible.
Find out more about the Energy & Green Building Program here.