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Interfaith Power and Light (IPL)


Abstract The Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) movement consists of a growing number of state-wide inter-religious organizations dedicated to clean and renewable energy. Although each IPL is independent and unique, they share a common ancestry and a common commitment to foster environmental responsibility in the area of energy use by reaching out to faith communities and religious institutions state-wide. In states with deregulated electric industries, IPLs help individuals and congregations band together to purchase energy from green energy suppliers instead of mainstream utility companies. Purchasing electricity generated by wind, solar, or hydro-power reduces both dependence on nonrenewable energy sources (e.g., coal and natural gas) and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to facilitating the switch to clean and renewable energy sources, IPLs provide religious communities with resources about energy conservation strategies such as energy audits, energy efficient lighting, solar power, and building renovations. They aim to influence religious institutions and individual members, helping both to respond effectively to global climate change through the conservation of energy and through a process of conversion to renewable energy sources.
Religion Inter-religious: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam
Geographic Location United States of America
Duration of Project 2000–Present
History The origins of the Interfaith Power and Light Movement can be traced back to 1997, when Reverend Sally Bingham and Steve MacAusland founded Episcopal Power and Light (EPL) in California under the auspices of the Regeneration Project, an inter-religious organization dedicated to deepening the connections between ecology and faith. Conceived as a pilot program for what would eventually become a much larger movement, EPL was established to help Episcopal churches become more energy efficient by conserving energy and by switching from traditional to green energy sources whenever possible. After EPL successfully signed up sixty Episcopal churches in California to purchase clean and renewable energy, the Regeneration Project sought to expand the initiative to include denominations in other states as well, and the IPL movement was born. In 2000, the Regeneration Project (TRP) collaborated with the California Council of Churches to form California Interfaith Power and Light. Since 2000, fourteen states have affiliated with TRP and developed similar programs. Collectively they have begun a national movement to help Americans transition away from our dependency on fossil fuel thus helping to save God’s Creation from the peril of global climate change.
Mission Statement

As a religious response to climate change, the Interfaith Power and Light movement seeks to conserve nonrenewable energy sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping religious communities in their respective states become better stewards of creation through the use of green energy and energy efficient practices.

Available Mission Statements

California Interfaith Power and Light
“California Interfaith Power and Light seeks to be faithful stewards of God’s Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This ministry intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.”

Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
“Georgia Interfaith Power and Light seeks to engage communities of faith as stewards of God’s Creation by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related sustainable practices.”

Interfaith Power and Light (IP&L) of Pennsylvania
“IP&L is a nonprofit environmental program created to work with religious organizations in the state of Pennsylvania to encourage environmental stewardship. . . . Our mission is to create religious spaces that reflect our love for each other and all creation through energy conservation, faith-based education, and renewable power purchasing.”

Maine Interfaith Power and Light
“For the preservation of God’s creation, we join together to purchase electric power that has the least possible adverse effect on this fragile Earth—our island home.”

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light (MIP&L)
“MIP&L is a nonprofit initiative to offer Massachusetts congregations of every religious tradition a comprehensive means of reducing energy consumption, lowering operating costs, and promoting non-polluting, renewable energy in houses of worship and related buildings.”

New York Interfaith Power and Light
“The mission of the New York Interfaith Power and Light is to promote faithful and just stewardship of God’s creation through energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy.”

Oregon Interfaith Power and Light
“Oregon Interfaith Power and Light works with congregations of many faiths and their members to make positive changes for the environment by purchasing renewable energy and improving energy efficiency.”

Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light
“Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light seeks to involve communities of faith as faithful stewards of God’s creation by promoting and implementing energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related sustainable practices in order to help provide a sustainable future for the world.”

Partner Organizations Each IPL works with religious, environmental, and green energy organizations in their respective states.
Long-Term Goals None Listed
Bibliography None Listed
Additional Research Resources None Listed
Contact Information

National
The Regeneration Project
National Interfaith Light and Power
The Presidio
P.O. Box 29336
San Francisco, CA 94129
Ph:       415.561.4891
Email:  (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

California
Tom Bourne
Executive Director
California Interfaith Power and Light
2715 K Street
Suite D
Sacramento, CA 95816
Ph:      916.442.5447
Fax:     916.442.3036
Email: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Connecticut
Connecticut Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
P.O. Box 270147
West Hartford, CT 06127
Ph:       860.231.8554

Georgia
Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
P.O. Box 5866
Atlanta, GA 31107
Email:   (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Maine
Maine Interfaith Power and Light
P.O. Box 146
Brunswick, ME 04011–0146
Ph:       207.729.9665

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light
Tom Nutt-Powell
President
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Ph:      800.406.5374
E-mail: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

New York
New York Interfaith Power and Light
401 Parsons Drive
Syracuse, NY 13219
Ph:        315.487.5742
Email:  (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Oregon
Oregon Interfaith Power and Light
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
0245 SW Bancroft, Suite B
Portland, OR 97201
Ph:       503.221.1054
Email:  (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pennsylvania
Interfaith Power and Light of Pennsylvania
183 West Main Street
Kutztown, PA 19530
Ph:       610.683.9455
Email:  (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Tennessee
Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
P.O. Box 1842
Knoxville, TN 37901
Ph:       865.637.6055 or toll-free 866.522.SACE
Fax:     865.524.4479