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.
VTIPL'S 2014 CONFERENCE
A copy of the schedule for the day's activities can be seen here Fall Conference 2014
Renewing Our Energy: People of Faith and Spirit Empowered to Act
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's annual conference will be on Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 at Grace United Church of Christ in Rutland. The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, the Conference Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ and a climate activist, will give the Keynote speech and will lead a workshop on divestment. Other workshops include Net Zero Energy; Theological Foundations for Creation Care; and Action Steps for Congregations. The conference also includes lunch, music by the Spoon Mountain Singers, conference sponsors' displays, a book fair, and more. A registration form can be downloaded from the list of attachments at the bottom of this page, printed and mailed in. Or you can register online at http://vtipl.givezooks.com/events/fall-conference-2014. Plan to join us for this very special event.
There are two resources in the list of attachments at the bottom of this page that you can use to help us share the word about this Conference. A flier for the event is in a PDF file that can be downloaded, printed and posted in your community's gathering place. In addition, there is a bulletin insert that can be edited and printed for distribution to your community. It is foirmatted so that, when printed, it can be cut in half, the same information appearing on both halves.
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. Information about the program and grant application forms are available through the link for the Katy Gerke Memorial Program provided in the left-hand column.
*New Hampshire towns: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont, and Plainfield.
One of the ways VTIPL helps congregations is by providing energy audits (also called 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Photos of Fall Conference
Photos of our Fall Conference, held in November of 2013 and featuring Dr. Stephanie Kaza as keynote speaker, can be viewed here: http://vermontinterfaithpowerandlight.shutterfly.com/