VERMONT INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT seeks to educate faith communities and individuals about the threat that global warming presents to Creation and Earth, and to engage communities of faith in promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy as a solution. The goal of the organization is to move Vermont's faith communities toward sustainable energy use and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, while living out our covenant with the Creator.
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) exists to serve Vermont faith communities in their efforts to address the climate crisis. VTIPL helps faith communities and their individual members to be better stewards of Creation by using energy wisely, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
2015 Conference October 17
Leading Action on Climate:
Tools for Faith Communitites
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light hosted its Fall Conference at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier on Saturday October 17. Our keynote speaker was Harvard Divinity School student/Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher. Workshops offered included:
- Congregations divesting from fossil fuel companies
- Energy Independent Vermont campaign for a carbon pollution tax
- Faith leaders - clergy & lay - stepping up as climate leaders
- Lake Champlain - building a culture of clean water
As a follow-up to the workshop on Lake Champlain, workshop leader Barry Lampke has prepared a summary of the conversation that session generated. The article includes steps that individuals and communities can take to work toward a culture of clean water. It can be found here: Clean Water Partnership. Barry also points to the website of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission at www.smartwaterways.com for more suggestions of steps people can take.
Photos from Fall Conference 2015
Photos of our Fall Conference, held on October 17, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier, Vermont and featuring Tim DeChristopher as keynote speaker, can be viewed here: Fall Conference 2015
Keynote Address - Fall Conference 2015
The Keynote Address at our Fall Conference, held on October 17, 2015, was delivered by Tim DeChristopher. Tim offered a powerful and inspiring message of challenge and hope for faith communities on the urgency of our response to the climate crisis. His address can be seen at Tim DeChristopher Keynote 2015. A fuller version with footage of the Lake Champlain Workshop can be seen at Keynote Address 2015.
Encyclical from Pope Francis
Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment was issued on June 18, 2015. It can be found here:
The Katy Gerke Memorial Program
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light has received funding from a generous donor to establish The Katy Gerke Memorial Program to help Christian churches make energy efficiency improvements in their buildings. Each year our Katy Gerke Memorial Program will provide a limited number of matching grant awards to churches in Vermont and twelve New Hampshire towns* for energy audits or energy efficiency improvements. Information about the program and grant application forms are available through the link for the Katy Gerke Memorial Program provided in the left-hand column.
*New Hampshire towns: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont, and Plainfield.
One of the ways VTIPL helps congregations is by providing energy audits (also called energy assessments) of houses of worship and other religious buildings. The service is free to congregations that request this assistance. VTIPL asks each participating congregation to commit to using the recommendations to guide their ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their religious building. Click the file attachment below for the form to request an energy assessment; send an email to email@example.com for more information.