Cool Congregations Certificate Program
|Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) and its 40 state affiliates, encourage congregations of all faiths save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. IPL is excited about its national recognition program and its first 20 Certified Cool Congregations. These exemplary houses of worship have proven that they are reaching significant carbon pollution reductions in response to global warming that often surpass the U.S. goal of 17% outlined by President Obama in his Climate Action Plan.
Driven by a common mandate to be good stewards of Creation, the first 20 Certified Cool Congregations are averaging 42% greenhouse gas reductions, showing that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Their stories are both practical and hopeful. IPL president, the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, says, “These congregations are leading the way. They are putting their faith into action and bringing moral responsibility to the forefront of the movement to protect the climate.”
The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR estimates that if all of America’s congregations cut energy use just 20% it would save nearly $630 million per year, and prevent more than 2.6 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of eliminating emissions from 480,000 cars from the road.
Join the movement, put New Mexico Faith Communities on the map and have your good work recognized with beautiful plaques as you make progress. A wonderful way to continually educate and inspire faith communities and care for creation by putting faith into action. www.ipl.org
Let New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light help you get started: *We can explain the program and assist you in making a plan for energy efficiency or to pursue solar panel installation. *NMIPL has no interest revolving loan fund for up to $10,000 that can help jump start your efforts and work with your House of Worship to plan paying back the loan. *Consider taking the Paris Pledge moving beyond the UN Paris Climate Agreement of December 2015. Faith communities are taking a prophetic witness and pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and to net zero by 2050. Will you take the pledge?
*When you have made your improvements apply to win prizes through the Annual Cool Congregation Awards from the national IPL and let NMIPL know about your good work so that you might be honored as one of our annual SEED Awardees.
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
PO Box 27162
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125
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