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  www.faithclimateactionweek.org

Free materials are available to be downloaded at 

http://www.faithclimateactionweek.org/download-2107-kit/   

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

info@vtipl.org

US faith communities denounce anticipated EPA decision to weaken nation’s clean car standards

 Interfaith Power & Light affiliates from around the country respond to threat of increased pollution

In response to the anticipated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move to weaken national clean car standards, a network of Interfaith Power & Light religious communities from states across the nation have issued the following statement:

“As faith-based organizations that are deeply concerned about the health of our communities and God’s Creation, we condemn the decision by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to weaken the nation’s vehicle emissions standards.

These standards protect communities against air pollution, especially the most vulnerable: our children, the elderly, and those living near freeways and high traffic areas. We know vehicle pollution is not harmless, we see it destroying the health and wellbeing of communities across the country, leading to sickness and even premature death. On behalf of the 25 million Americans, including six million children, who suffer from asthma, we oppose this rollback as a shameful injustice.

The EPA’s move to saddle Americans with high-polluting vehicles that contribute to climate change is unconscionable. We have the technology, here and now, to make cleaner cars in a cost-effective manner. Withholding superior technology that’s proven to save lives is morally wrong. We call on the administration to rescind this order now.

In the absence of federal leadership, we urge the coalition of clean cars states to continue to lead the fight against polluting vehicles in the name of their own residents, and for the good of their neighbors and all of Creation.”

Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, President, Interfaith Power & Light (national)

Rev. Alison Cornish, Director – Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

Rabbi Glenn Jacob, Director – New York Interfaith Power & Light

Rev. Richard H. Hibbert, Board Chair– Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

Vince Maraventano, Director – Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light

Joelle Novey, Director – Interfaith Power & Light of Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia

Lisa Locke, Director – Delaware Interfaith Power & Light

LeeAnne Beres, Director – Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light

Britt Conroy, Policy Director – Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon/Oregon Interfaith Power & Light

 

“Those bearing the burden of pollution are most often low-income communities and communities of color. It is a matter of environmental justice to speak up for clean car standards to protect the most vulnerable among us, the very neighbors that our diverse religious traditions call us to care for.”

– Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, President – Interfaith Power & Light (national)

 “Vermont Interfaith Power & Light is made up of people of faith who care about human health, our climate, and God’s Creation. We are called to care for our neighbors and for the most vulnerable among us, and we must not pollute our neighbors’ air. This is a moral calling. The EPA must not reverse our country’s clean car standards.”

  – Rev. Richard H. Hibbert, Board Chair – Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

 “Maryland’s faith communities are committed to going green in our sanctuaries and homes and we’re proud that the state is a national leader in environmental protection. We’re committed to science-based climate pollution targets through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, and are the first state sitting on shale gas to ban fracking before drilling began. We reject efforts to bring national car standards down; we’re already leaders in doing right by our neighbors and the natural world; rather than putting obstacles in our path, the EPA should be following our lead.”

  – Joelle Novey, Director – Interfaith Power & Light of Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia

 “Car manufacturers were at the table as stakeholders and partners when these achievable and important standards were drafted. They participated in setting an important benchmark — one that would reduce current harm to our neighbors, children and elders in neighborhoods that bear the brunt of our combustion-powered transportation systems. We were thankful for the ways that they leaned into the good, toward justice. What has happened to that commitment which we so rightly celebrated?”

  – Rev. Alison Cornish, Director – Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

 “Clean cars states like Massachusetts have long had the right to maintain safeguards that protect their citizens from vehicle pollution. If they move forward, Washington D.C. is ignoring the good of the many in favor of the profits of a few. Massachusetts is already suffering from pollution coming from states to our west and south. Any move that prevents us from protecting the health of our citizens is a moral outrage.”

  – Vince Maraventano, Director – Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light

 “Religious leaders in Washington State are dismayed by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to weaken vehicle fuel efficiency standards. Transportation fuels are responsible for nearly half of the climate and air pollution in Washington State, and clean car standards are vital to protect the health of our families and neighbors. Rolling back these protections goes against religious values of stewardship, justice, and care for creation.”

  – LeeAnne Beres, Director – Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light

 “Congregational members and friends of Delaware Interfaith Power & Light are impassioned, informed and determined — we showed up to protect the Clean Power Plan, we rallied to stop offshore drilling and we will join forces once again to oppose any weakening of the clean car standards.”

  – Lisa Locke, Director – Delaware Interfaith Power & Light

2017 Fall Conference

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 info@vtipl.org for more information.

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