A Faith-Based Organization Taking Action on 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.
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) seeks to empower members of faith and spiritual communities to advocate for our Earth and future generations. Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (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.
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Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)’s Annual Conference: Saturday, October 26, in Middlebury!
This year, Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)’s annual conference will be held at The Congregational Church of Middlebury. More details will be in the newsletter in coming months. Sign up by emailing email@example.com.
Fall Conference Keynote Speakers
The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal and Middlebury College professor, Molly Anderson, will be the keynote speakers at the Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)’s Annual Conference on Saturday, October 26 at The Congregational Church of Middlebury. 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 (VTIPL)’s Watershed Manuals
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (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 & 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.
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). These are high-resolution print copies, spiral-bound to lie flat conveniently. VOW is working with Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (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 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, such as 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. For more information, please contact Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) Coordinator, Betsy Hardy, at (802) 434-3397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*New Hampshire Towns: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont, and Plainfield
Climate Change and Health Documents
Changes to the website of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have raised concerns about the availability of educational materials 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.
One of the ways Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (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. Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (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. Send an email to email@example.com for more information.