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Spiritual Heroes 2013: Q&A with Stacey Kennealy

Director of Certification and Sustainability, GreenFaith

<em>Edit Article</em> Spiritual Heroes 2013: Q&amp;A with Stacey Kennealy

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Do you have a favorite quote, prayer, practice or credo that gives you strength or inspiration? Mary Oliver, a poet who focuses much of her writing on the natural world, has been a wellspring of strength and inspiration over the years. Her words speak to me as a Buddhist and an environmentalist, and they have brought solace in times of great loss. My favorite poem of hers is “The Summer Day,” [which ends}: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?” What current project are you most passionate about? I’m most passionate about the GreenFaith Certification Program (, which has grown from an idea to a fully-fledged and successful effort under my leadership. This is a program for houses of worship where they ‘green’ their communityfrom top to bottom, and I mentor them throughout that process. The Program is unique—it’s rigorous, so it achieves really outstanding environmental results, and it’s interfaith, which is unlike any other program out there. When you add up the r …

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