The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Churches Should Consider Pay-it-Forward Lighting Program

Lucia Mason and Elan Rochelle-Share

November 30, 2018

Lighting retrofits are becoming accessible to more Oberlin churches through a highly successful program that combines rebates provided by the city with the altruistic nature of churches. The Pay-it-Forward Program strengthens ties between Oberlin churches, reduces carbon dioxide emissions, and — with a little help from Review readers — has the potential to do the same in other communities as well. The program was born after the First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ, qualified for a rebate of approximately $1,800 by switching their lighting from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, according to Eugene Matthews, co-chair of First Church’s “green team” and member of their facilities committee. Instead of...

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