Our last three Popes have repeatedly endorsed the practice of environmental sustainability, and encouraged us to see it as a responsibility of all parishes; we are trying our best to do our part here at Holy Redeemer.
We are thrilled to have made so much progress in this area over the summer. We were fortunate to receive two storm water abatement grants totaling $18,000, which will be spent within the year; we will use these funds to improve the soil, install native plants, and mulch the storm water retention beds. These planted areas and catch basins will assist in filtering dirt and pollution from the storm-water, and allow it to soak into the ground on site, rather than running into our streams. These new storm water projects primarily involve draining the school roof and our courtyard area. The re-paving of our playground/parking lot, and the re-roofing of the gym and school could not be delayed for still another year, so while this work was being done, it created a great opportunity to address the storm water issues related to these areas.
These projects will reduce our monthly on-site storm water charges. We are now recovering 94% (1,030,000 gallons) of storm water from the school/gym roofs, and in addition another 80% (1,510,000 gallons) from the paved areas for a total of some two and a half million gallons each year!