Peace Lutheran Church
The Peace Lutheran Church ministry and congregation, located in the Fauntleroy/Gatewood neighborhood, incorporatedsocial and environmental stewardship as a practice of their faith through the RainWise rebate program. The project
- had community participation throughout multiple phases,
- is a demonstration site for future RainWise big roof projects,
- provides detention and infiltration of the existing roof area into the pollinator friendly gardens, and
- protects Puget Sound from combined sewer system overflows.
The installation was completed in 2016, with a total of $22,099 covered by the RainWise rebate program.
Phase 1 consisted of 6,505 ft2of roof area captured by two 530-gallon cisterns to a rain garden, with two outfalls to the sidewalk along 39thAve NW.
Phase 2 installed a second rain garden, with two outfalls to the sidewalk on SW Thistle Street.
Phase 3 installed three 420-gallon cisterns with outlet to side sewer to complete the multi-phase project.
Members of the congregation were engaged throughout the decision-making process. Organized work parties designed and supported the new gardens and cistern installations. Upon completion, a community gathering blessed the new gardens
After their gardens and cisterns were in the ground, the church continued to support the RainWise program and advocate for other large roofs and community buildings in the neighborhood to take part in the solution of combined sewer overflows. The impact of this RainWise project at Peace Lutheran is far-reaching and continues to grow, due to the commitment and passion of the congregation and its leaders.