Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

Fall Conference 2017
Oct 21 2017
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Our Fall Conference for 2017 was held on October 21 at First Congregational Church in Manchester, Vermont.

Our theme was:

Inspiring Climate Action!

Keynote Speaker: Deb Markowitz

Former Secretary of

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


Workshop topics:

  • Building resilient communities
  • Climate legislation advocacy
  • Climate science update
  • Financial and Technical Resources for Energy Projects
  • Effective community organizing
  • Watershed stewardship

Also: roundtable on divestment; delicious catered lunch; sponsors' exhibits; music and spiritual sharing.

Information about the workshops being offered

and short bios of the workshop leaders

can be downloaded in pdf form from the list of attachments below.

Manchester's Northshire Books offered a book table with resources for purchase.  A book resource list can be downloaded in pdf form from the list below.

Our Keynote speaker, Deb Markowitz is a Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Leadership at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Rubenstein  School of Environment and Natural Resources. Deb joined  UVM following a long career in public service.  She was elected  Vermont’s Secretary of State six times, serving from 1999- 2011. In 2011 Deb was appointed Secretary of the Vermont  Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), where she served until 2017.

As ANR Secretary, Deb shaped Vermont’s environmental agenda, focusing on climate change, forest, health, and integrity, and cleaning up Lake Champlain. She speaks nationally and internationally on state leadership in the fight against climate change. She served on the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and represented Vermont on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and at the United Nation’s Summits on Climate Change in Paris and Marrakech. Deb currently serves on the boards of advisors for the Georgetown Climate Center, Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, and UVM’s Rubenstein School. She founded Vermont Parks Forever, the foundation for Vermont’s state parks and the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Deb is a graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A.,1983), and the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. magna cum laude, 1987). She has been recognized for her leadership by being awarded an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship, and the Kennedy School of Governments’ Cahn Fellowship for Public Leadership.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum Level:

 Gold Level:

 Silver Level:

 Bronze Level:

Congregational Sponsors:

  • All Souls Interfaith Gathering 
  • Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington
  • Burlington Friends Meeting
  • Christ Church Presbyterian, Burlington
  • Earth Stewards, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
  • Northwest Quarter of Friends
  • United Church of Dorset and East Rupert

Bios-ConferenceLeaders2017.pdf481.94 KB
Book Resource List_VTIPL Conference 2017.pdf390.2 KB
ConferenceWorkshopDescriptions2017.pdf373.63 KB

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