One Urbandale Church has an extra reason to be thankful this Sunday.
was recently honored as a national worship facility success story by the White House during an special reception Thursday at the National Cathedral.
The recognition came as part of a national call to action for energy stewardship.
With the recognition, the church became the first house of worship in the State of Iowa, and 28th in the country, to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's EnergySTAR certification.
The certification signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels.
"Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is pleased to accept EPA’s EnergySTAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Brandon Simpson, Facilities Manager. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
EnergySTAR partner Wolin Mechanical Electrical Contractors of Des Moines performed an energy benchmark for the facility, and advocated on behalf of Gloria Dei for the special recognition.
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the EnergySTAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s EnergySTAR certification.”