About our Green Residence
Why we consciously chose to construct a green building . . .
The original fire or deep intuition that initiated the Sisters of St. Joseph in Le Puy, France in 1650 envisioned a community of women seeking oneness with God, others and all creation. Our early writings encourage us to recognize our relationship with the dear neighbour, with particular attention given to the "neighbour" who, because of injustice and systemic exclusion has been marginalized. Today, we see ourselves as part of the neighbourhood of the world.
We recognize that earth, this tiny blue green planet is also our “dear neighbor”. We believe that we are called to make choices to develop habits that nurture this relationship.
In building our new home, we made very conscious choices to decrease the negative impact we have on earth. We see our sense of mutual relationship with earth as at the heart of our spirituality of oneness.
View a more detailed description of how we did it here (PPS).
Read an article about our green building in Pollution Probe's Newsletter. This article was contributed by Olivia Nugent and written by Linda Klaamas.
We moved further forward in the greening of our building recently when 52 solar panels were installed on the roof at our 485 Windermere Road residence. In her article Solar Lingo 101, Gail Worcelo, CP, writes A...beyond all the technical language, we are still captivated by the poetry of relationship as we ponder the intimacy and bondedness between the sun and Earth and the fact that there is no event in our lives that is not a solar event. Learn more here (PDF).
To view a detailed display of the solar power being generated by the panels click here (PDF).