The Cool Congregations Challenge is an annual national contest to recognize “Cool Congregations” that are becoming energy efficient and sustainable role models within their communities. The contest is brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit organization inspiring and mobilizing people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate. There are no fees to enter. Deadline for entries: December 15. Get ready to enter the Challenge this year, or check out the materials so you’ll be ready when the applications go live in 2021.
There are 5 entry categories:
- COOL CONGREGATIONS PLANNER
Audits • Planning Reports • Fundraising
- ENERGY SAVER
Lighting • Insulation • Windows & Doors • Heating & Cooling Systems
- RENEWABLE ROLE MODEL
Solar • Wind • Geothermal • Solar Water Heating
- SACRED GROUNDS STEWARD
Native Landscaping • Organic Gardening • Water Conservation • Bike Racks • Wildlife Habitats • Recycling & Composting
- COMMUNITY INSPIRATION
Inspiring congregants to save energy at home • helping communities transition from fossil fuels to clean energy • helping communities become more resilient and prepare for the impacts of climate change
Congregations can also become Certified as Cool Congregations, with increasing levels of achievement. Certification is an “evergreen” and cumulative program — it can be done anytime, and things done over multiple years count.