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)

Save the Date

VTIPL's Annual Conference: Saturday, Oct. 26, in Middlebury!

This year, VTIPL's annual conference will be held at the Middlebury Congregational Church. More details will be in the newsletter in coming months. Sign-up by emailing info@vtipl.org.

Fall Conference Keynote Speakers

The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal and Middlebury College Professor Molly Anderson will be the Keynote Speakers at VTIPL's Annual Conference on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Middlebury Congregational Church. Rev. Antal recently retired from his position as President and Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ in Massachusetts. He now lives in Vermont, and continues his climate activism. Professor Anderson's focus and interests include sustainable food systems, food system resilience, the right to food (here and in other countries), and the transition to a post-petroleum food economy. Look for more details here and in upcoming newsletters.

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light's Watershed Manuals

 VTIPL has created two manuals, one with a Christian emphasis, Congregational Watershed Discipleship Manual: Faith Communities as Stewards of the World’s Waters (1st Christian edition) and another with an interreligious emphasis, Congregational Watershed Manual: Religious Communities as Stewards of the World's Waters (1st Interreligious edition).

 In 2018, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL) joined with local organizations to create a model for watershed stewardship, based on the experience of Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vermont.  The Reverend Dr. Nancy Wright, pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, and Richard Butz, a member of the church, are co-authors of the manuals.

 Each one of these inspiring and practical manuals is available by free download from the pdfs on this page.  Alternatively, if you'd like one copy or multiple copies of the printed and bound manual(s), you can fill out and mail in the order form (attached below).  These are high resolution print copies, spiral bound to conveniently lie flat.  If you'd like to order one or more copies online, you can do this through the website of the organization Voices of Water for Climate (VOW) https://vow4climate.org/store/.  VOW is working with VTIPL to take orders and distribute printed copies of the manuals.  Donations to VOW for printed copies will cover costs incurred, including shipping and handling.  

 The Katy Gerke

Memorial Program

The Katy Gerke Memorial Program has been established to honor the memory of Dr. Katy Gerke and to help Christian churches in Vermont and in twelve New Hampshire towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley* to improve the energy efficiency of their church buildings.  Funds from this program can be used by churches to obtain professional energy audits of their buildings and to undertake projects, e.g. building or equipment improvements that will reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of their church building.  All grants for energy audits, energy efficiency improvement or renewable energy projects require that churches provide matching funds for each grant request.

A printable brochure, containing a description and an outline of the program, and grant application forms are available through here: Katy 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 info@vtipl.org for more information.

 

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Request Energy Assessment Form.pdf157.35 KB
CongregationalWatershedDiscipleshipManual-ChristianEdition1118.pdf2.24 MB
CongregationalWatershedManual-InterreligiousEdition-Jan2019.pdf2.3 MB
WatershedManuals-CoverLetter&OrderForm419.pdf323.84 KB

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