January 2021 Newsletter-Creation Care

After planting 1,000 trees last year in Central PA, due to the hard work of PA IPL Board member Greg Williams, and many dedicated stewards of creation across the state, this year PA IPL will receive and plant or distribute 10,000 native trees from the Chesapeake Bay Fund!

This year our Creation Care program will expand the scope of our work in Northeast PA and North Central PA. In addition to our original site in Williamsburg, we will have new distribution centers in Scranton and Lewisburg. 

We are actively looking for volunteers to participate in planting events and the removal of invasive species across the state. If you are interested in volunteering or can help in identifying additional sites, please sign up here. Trees will be delivered to the three centers in April and the planting season will go through June but other work is always available year round. 

If you are also interested in accepting trees yourself, we will have a limited number of unreserved trees available. All trees are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and we cannot guarantee specific species. please register here. 

This expansion will also result in greater expenses for PA IPL, any donations to support this important work would be appreciated.

Contest Deadline: Cool Congregations Challenge

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.

GREEN FRIDAY #OptOutside: Habitat Restoration Work Party in WILLIAMSBURG-HUNTINGDON

11.2016 Habitat Restoration WILLIAMSBURGCome to this work party to participate, AND to explore the idea of regular habitat restoration or a habitat care project in your congregation or in your neighborhood.  Greg Williams will help!

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MEET: in the parking lot on East First St. at the Lower Trail sign 1.5 blocks from High St.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Bring a water bottle. We can provide some gloves and clippers, but please label and bring your own if you have them.

THE PROJECT: Remove invasive plants (privet, oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose) that arecrowding out native shrubs and trees along the Central PA Rail Trail that runs along the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River.

 RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg loves to help congregations and communities jumpstart longer term habitat care projects. Habitat care commitments can be a great way for groups to take action, build community, stay grounded in the natural world, see immediate results, and HAVE FUN doing it.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. This project, by contrast, involves physical work that actually improves biodiversity and resilience in the face of climate change.

This workparty is a collaborative effort between Central PA Rails-to-Trails, Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, and PA Interfaith Power & Light. Employees of the Bedford distribution center of REI have been warmly invited as part of REI’s Black Friday #OptOutside initiative. Learn more here at paipl.org  and download this Creation Care program slip to share with others.

 

STATE COLLEGE: Habitat Care Work Party

habitat care Walnut Spring Nov 15 2016Come to this work party to participate, AND to explore the idea of regular habitat restoration or a habitat care project in your congregation or in your neighborhood.  Greg Williams will help!

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MEET: on Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Waterproof footwear a plus. Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own.

THE PROJECT: Remove invasive plants (privet, Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose) that are crowding out native shrubs, choking walnut trees, and blocking the view from the bird blind.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg is willing to lead workparties, and he loves to help congregations jumpstart longer term habitat care projects. Habitat care commitments can be a great way for congregations to take action, build community, stay grounded in the natural world, see immediate results, and have fun doing it.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or wacmbook@aol.com

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In this workshop, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

This workshop is a follow-on to a work party associated with Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s 2016 Annual Conference: An Environment of Faith.    Download a Creation Care program slip for more ideas.

STATE COLLEGE: Habitat restoration work party

10.29.2016 pre-conference work party PHOTOCome to this work party to participate, AND to explore the idea of regular habitat restoration or a habitat care project in your congregation or in your neighborhood.  Greg Williams will help!

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MEET: on Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty.  Waterproof footwear a plus.  Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own.

THE PROJECT: Remove invasive plants (privet, Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose) that are crowding out native shrubs, choking walnut trees, and blocking the view from the bird blind.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg is willing to lead workparties, and he loves to help congregations jumpstart longer term habitat care projects.  Habitat care commitments can be a great way for congregations to take action, build community, stay grounded in the natural world, see immediate results, and have fun doing it.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email at wacmbook@aol.com

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In this workshop, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.  Small forests and wetlands can make a big difference.  See this recent NY Times article, or this bike profile with the story of contrast between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the role of a small tree in one village.  (Read more in Greg’s profile on our blog).

This workshop is a precursor to Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s Annual Conference, (Sunday afternoon, October 30th) which has a rich slate of workshop offerings touching on all and will allow you to build networks, find support, and get inspired to act in many ways.  Learn more, view workshops, and register for the conference here.  ($15 in advance, $20 at the door, scholarships available.)

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