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Trinity Responds to the 2012 Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) Challenge
Interfaith Power & Light (interfaithpowerandlight.org), a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization which promotes energy sustainability and helps congregations in this endeavor, was started over a decade ago, first in the San Francisco area, then California, and is now throughout the United States. Its mission is to be “faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.” It intends to “protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.” Its motto is “Interfaith Power and Light: A Religious Response to Global Warming.”
Several years ago The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, its founder, spoke at Trinity at a lecture sponsored by the Community Environmental Council (CEC) and EcoFaith. Since that time, our Sustainable Trinity group has used IPL resources on various projects.
This fall, IPL sponsored its 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. This Challenge is a national contest to recognize faith communities that are responding to climate change and becoming good stewards of Creation. Cool Congregations are role models for energy efficiency and conservation in their communities. Certainly Trinity and its Sustainable Trinity Committee have been involved in these issues for years, and this year the Committee decided to apply. Results will be announced in December. Whether Trinity wins or not, the following essays will give you a good idea of what is happening here at Trinity to help with the sustainability of our planet.
Our Sustainable Trinity committee submitted two applications in October: one under the category of “Grounds and Water Conservation” and one under “Engaging Congregants and Communities.” We were asked to submit a short essay describing our activities with our application request. Our application essays are here; please click the following links to read them:
For more information about Sustainable Trinity or if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jean Davis at email@example.com.