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Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as an ethical and moral issue, through advocacy, education, energy conservation, energy efficiency, stewardship, and the use and promotion of clean, renewable energy.

Put more simply, we want to help faith communities respond from a place of deep faith to the challenge of climate change, and to think about energy usage as a matter of stewardship. We carry this out in three ways:

Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

If you are interested in becoming an intern with PA IPL for the 2021 Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters please submit this form and we will be in touch. You can also email us with any questions or follow us on social media.

December 2020 Newsletter

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Take a moment as you read this. Breath. Let the air fill your lungs as you plant your feet firmly below you. Wrap your arms around yourself and breath deeply once more. Take the moment. 

If this year has taught us anything it is that we must take every moment we can to pause and connect. The connections to each other and to creation have never been more valuable. For many of us, December is a time for connecting to family and tradition. From the Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah to the month long celebration of Advent in anticipation of Christmas or the yearly gathering of the Winter Solstice (Yule) we are driven to make connections with families and friends through sharing and giving.

The Future of PA IPL

As this difficult year ends, help us continue to be a faith based voice for climate justice so we can provide community and hope for so many across Pennsylvania. We need your financial support in these uncertain times now more than ever to advocate and care for our environment, especially those most vulnerable frontline communities. 

2020 has been challenging for us all but the year ahead holds so much promise. Thanks to your support and dedication to climate justice and your stewardship for creation we will continue to take on climate change as an ethical and moral issue through advocacy, education, energy conservation, creation care, and the promotion of clean renewable energy. 

To support these initiatives Donate Today!

IPL Project Drawdown for Congregations

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Last month Interfaith Power & Light held a webinar for congregations to help us all better understand how to apply Project Drawdown solutions and to ultimately reduce emissions.

Please enjoy the recorded video of that presentation here. You will hear from the Director of Drawdown Learn, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley and from a few Cool Congregations Challenge winners awarded for their success in lowering emissions.

To request a speaker from Project Drawdown click here.

We hope the video spurs many of you to engage and learn more about Project Drawdown. PA IPL is always looking for congregations to partner with in this important work.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Last week opened the Department of Environmental Protection public hearing regarding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Myself and several other PA IPL members, faith leaders, and advocates of climate justice from across the state stood up and spoke out in favor of the proposed regulation for the CO2 Budget Trading Program. You can find more information about RGGI at this Environmental Defense Fund website post.

If you testified and are willing to share your testimony with our network please email us!

You can find the testimony from PA IPL’s Executive Director here.

If you know or would like to contact any local or state elected officials this petition is still being circulated by Clear Power PA Coalition.  If you have questions or need help speaking with elected officials please email us or PA IPL friend and ally, Joy Bergey.

PA IPL Climate Conversations and IPL National Recording “What’s Next for Climate Progress”

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A month has now passed since election day, though many of us are still watching anxiously to see how the remaining of the year plays out.

Instead of looking back, let us look to the future! What are the next steps for climate progress and climate justice?

With the end of the legislative session we wanted to give an opportunity for you to reflect and converse about all that has happened and what is to come. On December 29th, PA IPL Executive Director, David Heayn-Menendez will lead an online climate progress conversation open to all. We have invited state and national partners to come discuss what the next year holds in store and how we will continue to advance the causes of climate progress and justice. We invite you to come participate in a lively and open discussion.

Keep an eye out for a registration email next week for the event. Don’t forget to follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and to spread the word to your congregation and community.

Until then, please enjoy this recorded post-election session hosted by IPL National last month with IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot and IPL Federal Policy Associate Jonathan Lacock-Nislyat. Several more pre-recorded videos will be distributed throughout December ranging from policy to Drawdown.

Happy Hanukkah from PA IPL

Happy Hanukkah!

Please enjoy this Hanukkah video message from PA IPL’s Board President, Rabbi Nathan Martin.

Enjoy the time with family and stay safe. Nes Gadol Haya Sham, A Great Miracle Happened There.

Blessings to all,

David Heayn-Menendez
Executive Director
PA Interfaith Power & Light