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. VTIPL seeks to empower members of these 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.
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.
People's Climate Marches on April 29
Now more than ever, the voice of the people needs to be heard to call our leaders in government to responsible action to respond to the climate crisis and care for the Earth. On April 29, marking the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, a mobilization of citizens called the People's Climate March will take place in Washington, DC. Vermonters will join others from around the country in speaking truth to those in power. People interested in the possibility of bus transportation to the March can find information at http://350vermont.org.
Vermonters who are unable to attend the national march are invited to join with their neighbors in a People's Climate March in Montpelier on that same day. This will be an opportunity to bring the message to our state leaders while also supporting the marchers in the nation's capital. More information about the Vermont event can be found at People's Climate March Vermont.
Thank You to Sam Swanson
Sam Swanson, of South Burlington, Vermont, has served as the president of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's board for the past ten years. He has decided to step down from that position while remaining an active and valued member of our board. On Friday, February 10, 2017, several board members and invited spouses gathered with Sam and his wife Joyce at A Single Pebble restaurant in Burlington for a celebratory lunch. We shared our deep gratitude for his leadership, his wisdom, his insights, his dedication, his commitment to our work, and his calming presence among us. We also expressed our joy to Sam that he will continue to contribute those gifts as we move ahead with our witness and mission.
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 https://vimeo.com/191688149 A shorter highlight video can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/189363591. 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.