Building Climate Resilience in Our Own Communities with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).
Our inspirational spiritual remarks will be given by Donna Kochirka.
Next we will have brief presentations on models to illustrate how our communities and land can become more climate resilient:
·  Urban and rural tree planting efforts by the PA IPL by Mark Smith and Greg Williams
·  A new nonprofit organization that focuses on local sourcing of materials and building local self-reliance by Judy Wicks
·  An initiative in Pittsburgh to install solar panels on front line homes through the Open Ministries.
Then we will have Q & A and participants can share what they are doing as individuals or congregations to make our communities more climate resilient.
This will be a fascinating and uplifting program and should inspire Green Teams within congregations and communities to include new projects.
Register here for this event.

November 2020 Newsletter: Webinar Recordings

We have two webinar recordings now available-Solar Options for Congregations and Engaging Active Hope book study:

  • Solar Options for Congregations:
    Joy Baxter did a virtual presentation about solar options for congregations for the Main Line PA IPL chapter, and it is now available to all of you!  Get the recording. ​​​
  • Engaging Active Hope Book Study:
    In June, Alison Cornish held a webinar for folks interested in preparing to lead an Engaging Active Hope book study, either virtually or (eventually) in person. 
    The recordings and materials are available here.

Stories from the Road reflection — Joyce Breiner host and community connector

Joyce Breiner has been welcoming cyclists to Poolesville, Maryland since the earliest rides. In her role as director of Poolesville Green, she has created many and varied opportunities for cyclists and community members to connect and learn. What that doesn’t tell you is that (1) she personally hosted riders until the ride got big enough that she connected us with the Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center and (2) she cooks legendary breakfasts. Joyce shared this reflection:

Please share a few sentences describing a highlight of a past bike trip.
There have been a number of highlights over the years – 8 so far?! From small beginnings of hosting a handful of riders in our Poolesville home to showcasing progress on sustainable actions in our community, it has been years of fun and growth in faith and purpose.

How has the bike trip continued to impact or sustain you?
The bike trip has been a reminder of the importance of continuing the work to encourage and inspire a more sustainable future.

In what ways are you continuing to reap inspiration and energy from your experience of the trip?       
Thinking of the PA IPL friends we have met and hosted each year, remembering the conversations we’ve shared and listening to their experiences along the trip continue to feed the soul. Hopefully sharing our experiences has been inspiring in return.

Please share a few sentences on what you are doing right now to support the work of PA IPL in raising climate change as a moral issue.          
Last year I achieved the Climate Change Professional designation as certified by the Association of Climate Change Officers and the State of Maryland. I am a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Climate Planning Workgroup, which is determining how to achieve the county’s climate emergency goals of reducing GHG emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035. I am advocating to allow agrovoltaic Community Solar projects in the county’s Agricultural Reserve through adoption of a countywide Zoning Text Amendment.

PA IPL’s Sustained Advocacy group is following and promoting community solar legislation in Pennsylvania — it is bipartisan and in both houses! You can help!

What “call to action” would you encourage others to take regarding climate change at this time?

  1. Vote.
  2. Run for local office, even a church council position, PTA position or other.
  3. Adopt renewable energy sources or drive an electric vehicle. Look for ways that make it work instead of being put off by perceived difficulties.

Watch for a how-to webinar for choosing 100% renewable energy at PA IPL this fall —the “shoulder seasons” when we use less energy are the best time to shop.


WEBINAR: An Introduction to Community Solar in Pennsylvania: Harnessing Sunshine to Lower Bills and Build a Brighter Future

Learn how you and your religious institution can benefit from community solar

September 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.

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This event is free and open to the public.

Have an unavoidable conflict?  Register!  (Registrants can access a recorded version of the webinar to listen to (and view) later.)
Note: this webinar is specifically crafted for Pennsylvania. If you are part of our beyond-PA network, email us and we’ll find out if there might be a webinar in your state soon.

Affordable solar energy is giving families, churches, schools and many others a way to lower energy bills while serving the common good and being good stewards of the earth. However, rooftop solar simply isn’t an option for the majority of consumers who want it – families who rent, have shaded rooftops, or don’t qualify for standard financing solutions, for example. Community solar gives consumers like these a way to go solar, whether or not they own a suitable roof of their own.

Join us for a free webinar to learn more about what community solar is, examples of how it’s working around the country today, and ways that you can get involved in expanding solar opportunities for you and your community.


  • Introduction and welcoming remarks from co-hosts
  • Community solar 101
  • Expanding solar access to all, including low-income customers and faith based-organizations
  • Community solar barriers and opportunities in Pennsylvania
  • Audience Q & A
  • Next steps and ways to get involved


  • Pari Kasotia, Mid-Atlantic Director, Vote Solar
  • Marta Tomic, Community Solar Program Director, Vote Solar
  • Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Access and Equity Program Director, Vote Solar



The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is a voluntary association of Christian churches in Pennsylvania. Through the Public Witness Ministry, we empower people of faith, through education and skill-building, to make a difference for the common good in the public square, and advocate on behalf of the Council’s member church bodies before Pennsylvania’s legislative and administrative branches of government.

United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania educates and empowers United Methodists to engage legislators and other state officials on social and governmental policy issues, as well as being a vehicle for that engagement. Furthermore, United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania collaborates with other faith-based advocacy networks.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as a State Public Policy Office of the ELCA. In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, LAMPa advocates for wise and just policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good. LAMPa’s vision is centered in the ELCA strategic direction to “Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is a network of individuals and faith communities responding to climate change in a variety of ways, practical and prayerful.   We work from a place of active hope, engaging our gifts as we seek to live as better citizens of our Common Home. PA IPL’s work includes a Sustained Advocacy initiative, which supports individuals engaging with their lawmakers and civic leaders in conversation about clean energy, just transition, and care for people and planet.

Vote Solar is a national, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization with a mission to make solar a mainstream energy source. We aim to foster economic opportunity and support a cleaner, healthier environment by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Vote Solar is not a trade group and does not have corporate members. Since 2002, Vote Solar has worked in states all across the country to remove market barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.