In 2021, CUCC passed the Carbon Covenant for Our Buildings.  This covenant guides us as we move intentionally toward two goals for greenhouse gas reduction in our use of electricity and gas:

  • 50% reduction of CO2es by 2030
  • net zero CO2es by 2050

Our benchmark for the Covenant is 2010.

In the covenant, we committed ourselves to accountability through a yearly report given in January to show our progress.  At the January 28 congregational meeting, we celebrated another reduction in the percentage of our energy from greenhouse gas-producing sources.  By 2023 we had reduced our greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and gas by 73.6% compared to 2010.

We know we will continue to need electricity from the grid.  We cannot reach net zero until the electricity that Duke Energy provides us is carbon-free.  This year we added a graph to show Duke Energy’s progress.  [The EPA has reported only until 2021.]  While Duke Energy has made progress, that roughly 15% improvement does not explain all of our 73.6% improvement over the same period. The steps we are taking at CUCC are making a difference.  Printable copy of the report Carbon Covenant for Our Buildings Progress to 2023This image shows two graphs. The first describes a steady drop in our CO2es from our zero baseline in 2010 to 73.6% in 2023. The second graph shows the gentler increase in the percentage of carbon-free fuels used in the electricity produced by Duke Energy - from about 37% in 2010 to about 47% in 2023.

We thank the congregation for each decision you make to help us save energy – returning the thermostat settings to the program, turning off lights, choosing to hold some meetings virtually.  We also thank you for pledging generously to our budget which helps us pay for energy-saving improvements to our buildings.

For more information about CUCC’s Carbon Covenant for Our Buildings, contact Jane Smith at  To add your creativity and talent to the work of Justice in a Changing Climate, contact Gary Smith at