Solarize Atlanta Nearly Doubles Residential Solar in Atlanta

In Less than a Year Solarize Atlanta Nearly Doubles Residential Solar in Atlanta Program will bring 143 more solar roofs to Atlanta

Atlanta, GA- The organizers of Solarize Atlanta celebrated more than just the New Year last week as the deadline to sign a residential solar contract with the program came and went. After the dust settled more than 143 homeowners had signed contracts to install over 855 kW of photovoltaic (PV) solar and 534 kWh of battery capacity that will help homeowners store their solar power and use it later. The installed solar will cut over 1.6 million pounds of global warming pollution annually.  Continue reading

Sightings from the Treehouse: Lessons from the Anthropocene

After researching and writing 20+ blogs over two years on climate change and the faith community, several themes and actions have organically emerged. They will be summarized below to pull together the threads identified through the Sightings blog series.  These suggestions hopefully will help the faith community understand the current state of creation and steps they can take to prepare and adapt to changing ecological conditions occurring across the planet now and in the coming decades.  This period is commonly referred to as the Anthropocene epoch, the age of the humans.   Continue reading

Committing to a Low-Waste Holiday Season

Guest blogger: Hannah Shultz, a third year at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), pursuing her Master of Divinity.  

December is my favorite time of year. I love going home for the holidays, seeing friends and family, baking cookies, and decorating the Christmas tree. I must admit that I get into the whole Christmas craze! Continue reading

Congratulations to our 2018 Energy Efficiency Grant Recipients!

This year, the GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grants Committee awarded 23 grants, totaling $50,000, to congregations and schools across the state of Georgia. Continue reading

Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday

GIPL Board member and frequent guest blogger, Susan Varlamoff offers her favorite eco-friendly tricks for the holiday season:

Make Natural Decorations: Rather than buying plastic ornaments, wreaths, and decorations shipped from overseas, make your own from pine cones, holly, seashells, river stones, and evergreen branches. Christmas tree lots often will give away branches they’ve trimmed off the bottom of trees. Continue reading

St. Matthew Catholic Church Receives GIPL Grant

St. Matthew Catholic Church in Tyrone is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. This project, whose full name is the “Laudato Si’ Action Plan Pilot Project,” came to life when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta decided to run a pilot project to support this group of parishes and schools in making environmental improvements. “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home” is Pope Francis’ encyclical about caring for the earth and each other. Continue reading

Sightings from the Treehouse: I Mourn for the Children

Let’s start out with a basic fact.  Global temperatures are 1-degree C over pre-industrial levels.  With that increase we are seeing:

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St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Receives GIPL Grant

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland, Georgia is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. This project, whose full name is the “Laudato Si’ Action Plan Pilot Project,” came to life when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta decided to run a pilot project to support this group of parishes and schools in making environmental improvements. “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home” is Pope Francis’ encyclical about caring for the earth and each other. Continue reading

Why I Went Solar

Solarize Newton-Morgan is a community-based solar photovoltaic group purchasing program that helps homeowners, businesses and nonprofits save on the cost of solar by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing — the more that participate, the greater the savings! Sara Vinson is one of our Solarize Newton-Morgan Ambassadors. She reflects… Continue reading

Coastal Green Team Summit: Profoundly Located

On October 20, the GIPL team gathered with forty Creation care champions for the first ever Coastal Green Team Summit. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres from Candler School of Theology kicked off the gathering reminding us that we are “profoundly located.” And indeed, we were profoundly located at First Baptist Church Saint Simon’s Island. For that we are deeply grateful! Continue reading