The Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant Program assists congregations in implementing high-impact energy conservation measures (ECMs) identified during GIPL Power Wise Energy Audits. The impact of this program has been great:
267 energy audits performed since 2005.
$750,000 in grant money awarded since 2007.
$1,500,000 used towards reducing energy costs.
Congregations can apply for up to $10,000, provided they can provide an equal amount to match the award. GIPL is proud to offer these matching grants to our congregations and faith-based schools. Our funders feel that these dollars are used for the great purpose of reducing impact on Creation.
GIPL wishes to introduce our newest team member, Taylor Lampe, as she begins her year of service with our organization.
“To promote the recovery of our world and the healing of our communities, while also leading lives that are rich and satisfying, we need to embody a larger story of who and what we are.” – A Wider Sense of Self, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
I encountered this quote during a Friday session last year with The Road Episcopal Service Corps. The Road is a year of service and intentional living for young adults, and Fridays are focused on spiritual discernment, community building, leadership training, and activism skill-building. This quote describes why The Road matters. Through community life and work with the underserved, fellows experientially learn the enormity of our interconnectedness and mutual dependence. From this deep awareness, we are compelled to compassion and action rather than isolation and despair.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta will celebrate its first Green Mass for all who volunteer or work in “green jobs” or environmental sustainability, and for all those who love planet earth, on Tuesday, October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, at noon.
This Mass will be held at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the celebrant. Continue reading
Last Thursday saw the official launch of GIPL’s latest collaborative venture, Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. The Decatur Recreation Center welcomed over 125 solar advocates for the kick-off event that seeks to bring affordable solar energy to DeKalb residents, businesses and houses of worship.
“I’m so proud our community can serve as the home to the third Community Solarize program in Georgia,” said City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett who welcomed the crowd. “The program sync’s well with our cities own sustainability goals and leadership.”
The organizers of the campaign, which include Decatur environmental leaders from the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board, Environment Georgia, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Solar CrowdSource, and community activists from DeKalb County, applauded the turnout and the interest shown online, where over 230 DeKalb Co. residents had signed-up before the program launched. Continue reading
Our charge became clear during the opening worship session. Right there in black and white one of the conference organizers had the wisdom to print the words of one my spiritual mentors Howard Thurman from his seminal text Jesus and the Disinherited. It reads:
“The masses of men live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed. What does our religion say to them? The issue is not what it counsels them to do for others whose need may be greater, but what [the Christian] religion offers to meet their own needs.”
After reading the quote, the worship leader asked the group, “Whose backs are against the wall?” It seemed to me that The Spirit had conspired to contextualize the study on climate justice that I had the privilege to facilitate for the South Georgia United Methodist Women’s annual Mission U conference. GIPL was quite honored to be invited to facilitate the study for the lovely women and I was quite excited to be one of GIPL’s representatives. Continue reading
Final Decision in Approving Georgia Power’s Long Term Energy Plan
Atlanta, GA— The Public Service Commission this past week maintained Georgia’s momentum toward a clean energy future in its final decision approving Georgia Power Company’s long term energy plan.
The decision adds new solar generation while leaving work to do on promoting small-scale and consumer solar. The final decision also takes important steps to bring energy saving benefits to disadvantaged communities.
The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) represented Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) and Southface Energy Institute in the proceedings on Georgia Power’s 2016 integrated resource plan (IRP) for meeting customers’ energy needs over the next 20 years. GIPL has engaged in the IRP process for over ten years, yielding good results with ensuring Georgia Power embrace energy efficiency and renewables as viable options to meet our state’s energy needs.
Northminster Presbyterian Church in Roswell, Georgia, received a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to implement energy efficient lighting into their sanctuary. The church completed an energy audit with GIPL last year. From the audit recommendations, the congregation decided to upgrade their old lighting with LED lighting in their sanctuary. GIPL granted Northminster Presbyterian $6,600 to implement these changes and decrease the church’s energy output.
Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Loganville, Georgia, received a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to install energy improvements to their Sunday school, sanctuary, and education building. GIPL conducted an energy audit at the church and, after recommendations from the audit, the congregation decided to use their $3,000 matching grant to add energy efficient insulation in the office and Sunday school building, insulate the sanctuary floor, and upgrade lighting in the education building.
Following the success of Solarize Athens, GIPL, Decatur Sustainability Board, Environment Georgia and Solar Crowd Source have launched a new campaign in Decatur and DeKalb County – Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. The first town hall was held on June 14 at Decatur First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur. Organizers were thrilled with the over 150+ in attendance. “It’s always exciting to have to add more chairs for a presentation,” said Beth Bond, GIPL board member. Continue reading
GIPL and Hoosier IPL are excited to make our recent 3-part webinar series with the Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull available on Youtube so that you may easily view and share this wonderful exploration of the ways in which faith, particularly Judeo-Christian faith in this series, compels us to care for creation. Please feel free to use these webinars as a resource to engage your congregation in this important work or simply share with those who might find sustenance here. This series entitled “The Spirit is Willing and We are Not Faint” is a great resource for those at any level of comfort and familiarity with the conversations about the connection between faith and the environment. Continue reading