Parish Net Zero Covenant Grants

Assisting Parishes to Reach Net Zero Emissions

Faithful to Church teaching, the Parish Net Zero Covenant Grant Program is a 2024 pilot program of an initiative to help parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis reduce their energy consumption and discern pathways to reach net zero in carbon emissions. Leading by example, the Vatican is committed to reach net zero.  Five parishes received grants to cover most of the cost of an in-depth analysis of their campus to identify where energy efficiencies could be gained, and also how they could develop a pathway to Net Zero over the next several years.

Participating parishes:

  • Save money to more fully support mission and ministry.
  • Educate the faithful about why Catholic social teaching is essential to the Church’s mission.
  • Evangelize through prophetic action, especially to young people who care deeply about creation but are increasingly disaffiliated from the Church.

Parish Net Zero Covenant Partners

The Parish Net Zero Covenant Grant Program is led by the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota and the Catholic Climate Covenant in collaboration with Verdis Group, the Center for Mission, and EnerChange. The Catholic Climate Covenant was founded in 2006 with support from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.