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)

Faith Climate Action Week Photo


Faith Climate Action Week:

April 14 - 22, 2018

This is the 9th year of this national Interfaith Power & Light program.  Congregations nationwide participate in a variety of ways including: having sermons on global climate change and the environment; taking action in their houses of worship and households to reduce energy use; and advocating for policies and legislation that promote the transition to clean renewable energy.  More information can be found at the Faith Climate Action Week website at

Free materials are available to be downloaded at   

Please contact VTIPL ( for more information and to let us know if your congregation is participating.


VTIPL's 2017 annual conference was held on October 21 in Manchester, VT. with the theme "Building Local Resilience -- Inspiring Climate Action!" 

A video of the keynote address can be viewed here:

2017 Keynote Address

Photos from our day together can be seen at

Fall Conference 2017 Photos

Information about our 2017 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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