Thursday, August 18, 2011

Solar Panels Celebration

Opening remarks 8/11/11: Rosemarie Greco, DW

Welcome to Wisdom House, an interfaith retreat and conference center in the Litchfield countryside. Many years ago, the center was staffed by nuns of the congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom. Today, the center is staffed by a few sisters as well as by residents of our towns. They do an extraordinary service here.

Since 1949, when the Daughters of Wisdom settled on this land known as Spruce Brook Farm, the community of nuns practiced a way of life known as ‘simplicity.' It consisted of the three R's so familiar to us today.  This is not ‘reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic – rather, it is ‘Reuse, Recycle, Reduce!'

Today, over 60 years later, the three R's are back in style and we practice them in contemporary ways, which include solar panels and other forms of clean energy and recycling. We do this to reduce our carbon footprint, to reduce toxic emissions, and to participate in the clean energy initiatives of the State of Connecticut and our entire planet.

I want to publicly acknowledge those persons and organizations which gave exceptional support to this project: The State of Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, the Seherr-Thoss Foundation, the Daughters of Wisdom, Paula and Emma Desel, and many other Friends of Wisdom House.

Thank you for rejoicing with us at Wisdom House in this milestone and for sustainable living now and for the future.