Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

Jun 9 2016 - 3:29pm

On Wednesday, June 8, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's Coordinator Betsy Hardy hosted a kickoff for the Zero  Energy Now program sponsored by Green Mountain Power. Betsy's home was lifted up as a model for homes that can be renovated to reduce energy consumption and reliance on nonrenewable sources of energy. Local television coverage can be seen at WPTZ Reports on ZEN Kickoff 

In addition, a video of the full program kicking off the initiative can be viewed at

Jun 8 2016 - 11:33am

As the climate negotiations started in Paris, Vermont activists had a press conference in Montpelier and delivered over 25,000 postcards and petitions in support of a carbon pollution tax to Vermont legislators. VTIPL's Secretary, Rev. Dick Hibbert, was one of the speakers at this Montpelier event. Photos of the event can be seen at Energy Independent Vermont Event.

Jan 25 2016 - 11:35am

Betsy Hardy, Coordinator of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light, speaking with Deb Reger  on her podcast Moccasin Tracks, talking about the work of our organization, issues with which we are involved, and her own personal experience in responding to the Climate Crisis.  The conversation, which aired on UVM's WRUV radio station, can be heard at Betsy Hardy on Moccasin Tracks 

Jan 12 2016 - 4:32pm

This "My Turn" editorial by VTIPL Board Member and Secretray Rev. Richard Hibbert appeared in the Burlington Free Press on August 24, 2014 and in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus (Montpelier) newspapers on September 7, 2014.

Moral Responsibility to Tend to the Earth

Jan 12 2016 - 4:24pm

VTIPL's Secretary, Rev. Richard Hibbert, represented us at the November 30, 2015 event where Energy Independent Vermont presented petitions and postcards from Vermonters urging the state legislature to enact a Carbon Pollution tax. This article is Zach Tomanelli's article about that event

Posts by Zach Tomanelli

on November 30, 2015 

Dec 16 2015 - 7:23pm

[Joseph Gainza was a leader for the Faith Leaders as Climate Leaders workshop at our 2015 Fall conference. He has given us permission to share this commentary on our site. A PDF file is also attached.]

The Climate Crisis and Hope

by Joseph Gainza

Mar 3 2015 - 11:25am

Letter to the Editor, Valley News, by Deidre Gish

February 28, 2015

The Price of Carbon Pollution

To the Editor:

Two weeks ago, 100 rail cars carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia, igniting at least 14 tankers, sparking a house fire and spilling oil into the Kanawha River. We remember the 2013 oil train accident in Quebec that killed 47 people and spilled 1.5 million gallons of crude, and the Enbridge pipeline rupture in 2010 that spilled over a million gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River. And, of course, there was the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.

Mar 25 2014 - 6:47pm

My Turn: Betsy Hardy

February 2, 2014

In his State of the Union speech last week, President Obama said, “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

Nov 26 2013 - 6:26pm

CCTV Public Access Channel (Channel 17) will be airing a video of Stephanie Kaza's Keynote address from our Fall Conference held on November 16. It will be shown Saturday, November 30 at 6:50pm and Monday, December 2 at 6pm. It can also be viewed online at

Jul 25 2013 - 11:30am

The Orleans County Record (Weekend Edition, July 20 & 21, 2013) BY JENNIFER HERSEY CLEVELAND Staff Writer DERBY LINE- The First Universalist Unitarian Parish couldn't have asked for a better day to flip the switch on their new 10,000-watt solar array.

Friday fell in the midst of a heat wave sweeping most of the nation, which provided a good opportunity to draw attention to global warming and climate change as well.

The parishioners are not only creating power, visiting dignitary U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said. "You are a model for what other buildings can be doing."

"We are doing God's work," Sanders said. "We are responsible for the environment and creating a planet we want to leave to our children and grandchildren."

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