Minutes of SJC meetings and Event Reports


Saint Thomas Aquinas Social Justice Committee

Currently the Committee decides monthly whether to meet in person at STA or via Zoom, generally the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. We welcome your attendance.  Please email rehmann@isunet.net or chuckglatz@msn.com with your name and email contact to request the link or meeting room.

Minutes from Current Year

These will appear after they have been approved at the meeting the following month.

January 2023 SJC Minutes

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Minutes from Earlier Years

January 2022 SJC Minutes

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2021 Social Justice Committee Minutes

2020 Social Justice Committee Minutes

2019 Social Justice Committee Minutes

2018 Social Justice Committee Minutes

Event Reports

Parish Investments in Care for Creation: Energy Conservation Update

Converting building lighting to energy efficient LED lights was accelerated by using a portion of the 2023 match to parishioner donations for solar panels. The Social Justice Committee and Parish Council determined that investments in conservation would be more impactful than further solar investments. Recently lights in the Processional Pathway (west wall) were converted last week last week as these lights are on 16 hrs per day/7 days a week! Next came all the ceiling lights (56 fixtures) in the lower lounge, which required services of an electrician for the removal of ballasts from the existing fluorescent lights to enable the LED replacements. See photo below.
The ceiling lighting in the worship space remains and awaits the introduction of suitable LED replacments.

This effort follows the first use of matching funds in 2022 when the Parish provided a $14,000 match to parishioner contributions for purchase of solar panels in the City of Ames SunSmart array. Contributions exceeded the match amount and 185 solar packs were obtained at a cost of $52,725. The City of Ames Energy Services Coordinator recently reported that our panels provide and estimated 18% of the Church's (excluding Parking Ramp) electricity usage. He thanks the Parish greatly for our investment. Read the details of his analysis here.

Independently of the matching fund activity, Buildings and Grounds has completed Installing digital control for heating and cooling to optimize temperature and run time in 2022 and installation of a new heating system in 2023 that will increase boiler efficiency from previous 82% to 97%

Creation Care Events - Please check the STA/STC Joint Creation Care Team site