Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

A faith-based response to global warming

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. 

Join Our Vigil of Hope! 

VT Interfaith Power & Light is holding a Vigil of Hope on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, at 5 pm in Burlington at the top of Church Street in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church. We will stand together to show our resistance to the Trump Administration's climate denier cabinet and to hold in the light those in this country and around the world who are suffering as a result of global climate change. To learn more, contact VTIPL.  

Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement

A video of the Saturday morning Opening Session of the Fall Conference co-sponsored by Vermont Interfaith Power and Light and the "Our Childre, Climate, Faith" symposium can be viewed at A shorter highlight video can be viewed at The Conference  took place October 15-16 in White River Jct. 

VTIPL Annual Report for 2015

An annual report for our Vermont chapter of Interfaith Power and Light has been prepared and is available for our supporters and all who are interested in our work in response to the Climate Crisis. It is available in a PDF format, The file can be downloaded from the list of attachments at the bottom of this page.

Zero Energy Now Kickoff Hosted by Betsy Hardy

VTIPL's Coordinator Betsy Hardy hosted a kickoff for the Zero Energy Now program sponsored by Green Mountain Power. Read more and check out videos of the event 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.

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.

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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