Energy Benchmarking Program
Hannah Morgan is the Program Lead for Greening Sacred Spaces Energy Benchmarking Program in Ottawa. She is a recent graduate from Carleton University with a B.Sc. in Earth Science and Physical Geography – with a concentration on groundwater studies/soils. Hannah joined our team as a digital intern in August 2020 and has helped develop our communications outreach through various geo-visualizations, such as creating Network Dashboards and Story Maps. In the past, Hannah was also the junior youth leader and mission outreach coordinator for Winchester Baptist Church, located south of Ottawa. She enjoys working with youth groups and likes to encourage collaborations to increase community involvement between faith communities and their surrounding neighborhoods.
Charlie Scromeda is one of our Program Coordinators in Ottawa. While achieving a BA in Early Modern Studies and German at the University of King’s College, Charlie worked as a summer student for Faith & the Common Good, writing case studies for the Regeneration Works program in 2015. Since then, they have worked with both youth and adults as director of Country Fun Nature Camp, an eco-Christian summer camp; and as interim faith formation leader at Kitchissippi United Church. Charlie is thrilled to be back on the team to help with the GSS Energy Benchmarking Program, where they will be focusing on internship training/mentorship and outreach to United Church congregations. They are passionate about the intersections of spirituality, care for Creation, and lifelong learning.
David Patterson is Faith & the Common Good’s energy coordinator. He is a no-nonsense, pragmatist when it comes to greening faith buildings. This is why faith property managers and green team leaders throughout our network hold him in such high regard. An expert on renewable energy and energy efficiency, his main message to faith communities: you can’t change what you don’t measure. David has been consulting through his company, Proterra Sustainable Solutions Inc. since 2007. He has performed over 60 audits of faith buildings for Greening Sacred Spaces’ Green Audit and Solar Audit programs and has also planned and coordinated the installation of multiple geothermal, wind and solar systems on private dwellings including a 9.6 kW ground mounted solar tracking unit for the microFIT program in Haliburton County. Prior to working in the green arena, David spent 5 years as systems and project manager at CIBC Wood Gundy’s head office in Toronto. David and his wife and son live in Thornhill, Ontario.
Steering Committee/Board Members
Andrew is one of the key advisors to our Regeneration Works: Places of Faith program. With a rich background in technology, marketing, strategic planning, social enterprise, and business development, Andrew adapts proven organizational methodologies to fit the context of faith communities, small businesses and non-profits. Andrew is the founder of Lighthouse Communications, a growing and multi-faceted consultancy that fosters organizational innovation in churches, non-profits and commercial enterprises.
Kathryn Norman is a non-profit professional with a diverse background in biological sciences, academia, government, and private sector work. She is a program evaluator and coordinator at Sustainable Eastern Ontario and editor of the Peace & Environment News, as well as a past regional representative of the Greening Sacred Spaces program in the Champlain region of Ontario. Her favorite dinosaur is the stegosaurus.
Kristina Inrig is a sustainability entrepreneur extraordinaire. A former program director at Greening Sacred Spaces, she is currently advising Faith & the Common Good on the strategic development of its Ottawa Chapter and brings important skills in green social enterprise to the endeavor. Kristina has provided extensive consultation services in the environmental non-profit sector. She is the past Executive Director of Tucker House Renewal Centre and her main non-profit roles have included networking, partnership development, fundraising, NGO management, and governance. Kristina was the founding Coordinator of the National Capital Environmental Non-profit Network (NCENN) and the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario which are two collaborations of Sustainable Eastern Ontario (www.sustainableeasternontario.ca) , a local hub for sustainability across the region.
Born into an interfaith family, Rev. Michelle Singh has a deep understanding and appreciation for the world’s rich spiritual and cultural diversity. In 2008, she became an ordained Interfaith Minister from The New Seminary, New York. Since then, she has been actively engaged in Canada’s interfaith movement, including vice-chairing the award winning World Interfaith Harmony Week Steering Committee and co-founding a multi-faith Spiritual Dialogue Circle. Notably, Michelle was a Board member and Steering Committee Co-Chair for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions — overseeing the worlds largest interfaith gathering, featuring over 1000 diverse spiritual programs, attended by over 8500 persons. Prior to becoming an Interfaith Minister, Michelle spent more than 30 years in the I.T. and Communications sectors leading teams in challenging, goal-oriented environments. She is an officiant, well known for intuitive listening and her ability to create safe and sacred spaces for processing and dialogue. Michelle excels in bringing diverse groups of people together to achieve a common goal.
Stephen Collette is the Building Audit Manager for Faith & the Common Good. Stephen created the Green Audit after seeing an opportunity to improve the connections between faith, buildings, and the existing passion of people to want to do the right thing within their faith community. The Green Audit has been delivered across Canada to rave reviews. Recently, Stephen has expanded the types of building audits available to faith communities. Stephen owns his own company, Your Healthy House, which carries out indoor environmental building inspections and consulting. Stephen is a Certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and a Building Science Specialist. Stephen lives in Lakefield, ON with his wife and daughters.
Past Staff and Key Supporters
Lucy Cummings (she/her) is a Senior Advisor and former Executive Director at Faith & the Common Good. She has designed numerous religious institutional carbon reduction programs and has extensive experience building and funding collaborative climate action initiatives with unconventional partners. Prior to Faith & the Common Good, Lucy co-founded the UK volunteer affiliate of Seacology (purpose: island biodiversity protection) and taught global politics at the University of Hong Kong. She is a Director of the United Property Resource Corporation (purpose: transforming surplus faith properties into green, affordable housing) and a member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ Climate Action Task Force. Lucy holds a BA in economics from University of Virginia, a MA in religious ethics from Yale, and a Ph.D. in global politics from Johns Hopkins University.
Donna is the Toronto Coordinator for Greening Sacred Spaces, where she has helped over 200 faith communities in Toronto go green. She brings an entrepreneurial spirit and business sensibility to her work with Toronto area faith communities, which comes in handy when she is persuading faith based property managers and trustees of the financial and community benefits of energy efficient retrofits. Prior to Greening Sacred Spaces, she was a Senior Vice President at Forum Research Inc. for 10 years, where her area of practice was Customer Relationship Marketing and Measurement. She has been in the environmental not-for-profit sector for 5 years and has worked with Evergreen, Environmental Defense and Faith & the Common Good. She has Bachelor of Arts in French and Journalism from Carleton University.
Emine Turgut Neary is the Coordinator for Greening Sacred Spaces Energy Benchmarking Program in Ottawa. Her work focuses on working with faith communities in taking actions to create a more energy-efficient place of worship. Emine has a diverse background as a research scientist, teacher, early childhood educator, and financial officer. She is originally from Sinop in Turkey, which is on the Black Sea coast. She obtained a Ph.D. from the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University in Scotland and lived in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Iqaluit before settling in Ottawa. Because of her diverse background and experiences, she is passionate about healthy communities in a healthy environment. She enjoys working with non-profit organizations and having the opportunity to explore a diversity of experience to create unique solutions in a holistic environment to today`s challenges.