Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

A faith-based response to global warming

Welcome to Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)

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. 

Bill McKibben Talk on People of Faith and Climate Change

On Saturday, January 22, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, spoke at St. Jacob's of Alaska Orthodox Church in Northfield Falls, Vermont. His talk can be viewed at Bill McKibben Talk

CARBON POLLUTION TAX: Vermonters urge support

As the climate negotiations started in Paris, Vermont activists had a press conference in Montpelier and delivered over 25,000 postcards and petitions in support of a carbon pollution tax to Vermont legislators. VTIPL's Secretary, Rev. Dick Hibbert, was one of the speakers at this Montpelier event. Photos of the event can be seen at Energy Independent Vermont Event.

Rev. Dick Hibbert speaking at Energy Independent Vermont event November 30, 2016Vermonters on the steps of the Statehouse presenting petitions to the Legislature

Resources from 2015 Conference October 17

Leading Action on Climate: Tools for Faith Communities

As a follow-up to the workshop on Lake Champlain, workshop leader Barry Lampke has prepared a summary of the conversation that session generated. The article includes steps that individuals and communities can take to work toward a culture of clean water. It can be found here: Clean Water Partnership. Barry also points to the website of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission at www.smartwaterways.com for more suggestions of steps people can take. 

Photos and Keynote Address from Fall Conference 2015

Photos of our Fall Conference, held on October 17, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier, Vermont and featuring Tim DeChristopher as keynote speaker, can be viewed here: Fall Conference 2015 

The Keynote Address at our Fall Conference, held on October 17, 2015, was delivered by Tim DeChristopher. Tim offered a powerful and inspiring message of challenge and hope for faith communities on the urgency of our response to the climate crisis. His address can be seen at Tim DeChristopher Keynote 2015. A fuller version with footage of the Lake Champlain Workshop can be seen at  Keynote Address 2015.

Encyclical from Pope Francis

Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment was issued on June 18, 2015. It can be found here: Encyclical from Pope Francis

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 info@vtipl.org for more information.

 

 

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