Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) works to help members of Vermont's faith and spiritual communities understand that the climate crisis which is threatening the world is, at heart, a spiritual crisis. This spiritual crisis demands recognition that: Earth is a precious gift; global climate change is a moral challenge; global climate change is disrupting the natural balance; we live our faith through our actions; and there is no peace without a planet.

VTIPL seeks to empower members of faith and spiritual communities to advocate for our Earth and future generations. VTIPL helps people take action in their houses of worship, homes, and workplaces to conserve energy, use it efficiently, and increase the use of renewable energy.   

Welcome to Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)

Global Climate Change Is a Moral Challenge


Building Local Resilience --

Inspiring Climate Action!

Deb Markowitz, the former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources was our Keynote Speaker at this year's Fall Conference. She brought a challengiing message of commitment, action, and hope, inspiring us to value and celebrate the gift that is Earth as we seek to protect and care for it.

Deb Markowitz, Former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Deb Markowitz is a Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Leadership at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Rubenstein  School of Environment and Natural Resources. Deb joined  UVM following a long career in public service.  She was elected  Vermont’s Secretary of State six times, serving from 1999- 2011. In 2011 Deb was appointed Secretary of the Vermont  Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), where she served until 2017.

A video of the keynote address can be viewed here: 2017 Keynote Address

Thanks to our friends at Greater Northshire Access Television (GNAT)]

Photos from our day together can be seen at Fall Conference 2017.

Information about this year's Conference can be seen at 

Fall Conference 2017 Information


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.

A printable brochure, containing a description and an outline of the program, and grant application forms are available through here: Katie Gerke Memorial Program.  

*New Hampshire towns: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont, and Plainfield.

Climate Change & Health Documents

Changes to the website of the Environmental Protection Agency have raised concerns about the availability of educational material related to the impact of climate change on human health. To be sure that they remain available some have downloaded the documents and made them available. We have posted a number of them in our Resources Section. You can find them by clicking this link Climate Change and Health Documents from the EPA.

Energy Assessments

One of the ways VTIPL helps congregations is by providing 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 for more information.

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