Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s October 24th Program!

Truelove Seeds

For our October 24th program, Owen Taylor speaks to us about the vision for the company he began. He is a seed nerd who loves growing Southern Italian and Irish heirlooms and supporting the community food sovereignty movement through seed keeping.

Truelove Seeds is a farm-based seed company offering culturally important and open pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Their seeds are grown by more than 50 small-scale urban and rural farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture. They share all profits directly with growers: 50% of each packet sale goes back to the farmer who grew it! Truelove Seeds believes that keeping seeds is an act of truelove for our ancestors and our collective future.


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Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s October 3rd Program!

Why Go Green?
The Popularity of Natural Burials

Introduction to the Green Funerary Movement

For our October 3rd program, Angela Burke and Kirsten Bryant-Phillip present about the “green” funerary movement.

You may have heard about the growing trends of “green” or natural funeral and burial service for end-of-life planning. What is it all about and why are environmentally conscious people considering this option today?

Join Angela Burke and Kirsten Bryant-Phillip, Family Service Representatives at Laurel Hill Cemetery, located in Bala Cynwyd, PA, for a fascinating introduction to the “green” funerary movement. Laurel Hill maintains an award-winning “green” burial section and native meadow, Nature’s Sanctuary. During this virtual presentation, you will explore cultural understandings of death as it relates to the environment and its impacts on the deceased.


This is a recording of our September meeting, which was moved to allow our Jewish friends to conclude their Rosh Hashanah celebration. Shana Tovah!


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Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s May 23rd Program!

The Clean Energy Co-op

For our May 23rd program, Joy Baxter presents about The Clean Energy Co-op’s support of local solar projects. This presentation is a follow-up to last month’s program: Ron Celentano’s PA Solar Update.

In the Spring of 2021 a new finance option for nonprofits and community businesses looking to install solar became available in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Clean Energy Co-op supports local solar energy projects that benefit our community through a pooled funding approach. The proven and awarded model has helped nonprofits and community businesses ‘go solar’ through the investments of co-op members. Co-op members engage in socially conscious investing to enable the development of solar installations. Membership is attractive to residents that are not able to install solar on their own home or want to make a difference in their community. In addition to helping to finance solar installations, The Clean Energy Co-op educates nonprofits, especially Houses of Worship on all financing options for going solar.

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Joy Baxter is a trained Creation Care Ambassador for Blessed Tomorrow and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is chair of the Green Team of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore, co-chair of the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee and chair of the Southeast PA chapter of the Clean Energy Co-op that develops renewable energy installations through local community investment. Joy has used her background in engineering to bring a fresh analysis and solutions. We are grateful to Joy Baxter for presenting this program.

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Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s April 25th Program!

Status of Solar PV in Pennsylvania with Ron Celentano

For our April 25th program, Ron Celentano gives us a brief overview of the solar penetration in the US and more specifically the development in Pennsylvania, and how it compares to other states. An overview of current solar policy issues in PA is also presented, including legislative bills, regulatory developments, continuing barriers, and other topics.

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Ron Celentano is a solar energy industry consultant with Celentano Energy Services (CES). He started working in the solar energy field over 40 years ago, with more than 25 years focused on solar PV. Generally, his experience covers technical and policy related fields, including system design, commissioning, testing, performance monitoring installation; project oversight representing the customer; expert witness regarding technical assessments of PV systems and products; installer/code official training, curriculum development, rebate program administration. He has been involved with helping shape most all of Pennsylvania’s state laws and regulations in solar energy over the past two decades, including net metering, interconnection, PA’s solar share requirement, closing the borders, and many other policy related issues. Currently he is President of Pennsylvania Solar & Storage Industries Assoc. (PASSIA) and V.P. of Mid-Atlantic Solar & Storage Industries Assoc. (MSSIA) for Pennsylvania; Technical Director of Philadelphia Solar Energy Assoc. (PSEA); Board Member of Power up Gambia; and he holds a BS in Physics and MS in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

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Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s March 28th Program!

Native Plant/Plant Native Program with Courtenay Willcox

For our March 28th program, Courtenay Willcox explains the roll out of the Native Plant/Plant Native program on the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church campus and in the surrounding community. Tagging native plants on the BMPC campus and using the Homegrown National Park (HNP) model, BMPC’s Environmental Justice Committee is promoting the idea that planting native plants is something everyone can do right now at home and on faith community campuses. This grassroots call-to-action can have a significant impact on regenerating bio-diversity. Courtenay will explain the importance of native plants and the insects that love them, as well as sharing Homegrown National Park’s resources, including native plant lists, registering your native species acreage on a national map, and getting your congregations on board for this important initiative.

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Courtenay Willcox is Moderator of the Environmental Justice Committee at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and one of the conveners for Main Line PA IPL. She has been advocating for creation care for more than 30 years, most recently earned a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Ecology and Theology. She enjoys preaching on creation care and drawing strong connections between loving neighbor and caring for our natural world.

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Now Available: Video of Main Line IPL Chapter’s February 28th Program!

Carbon Dioxide Emission Inventory for a House of Worship with Chuck Marshall

For our February 28th program, Chuck Marshall of the Central Baptist Church in Wayne, PA presents how his church did an emission inventory of carbon dioxide as a baseline for measuring the effectiveness of future programs to control carbon dioxide emissions. Included in the emission inventory are vehicular emissions which can be equal to or exceed carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources such as buildings. Potential emission reductions from measures to reduce or offset carbon dioxide emissions can then be evaluated and goals established for programs such as getting to zero carbon emissions.

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Chuck Marshall was an environmental scientist for many years and worked for an environmental consulting firm doing projects for U.S. EPA and OSHA. He was responsible for obtaining grants for solar panels at his church, Central Baptist Church of Wayne, PA. He also managed his church’s program for getting to zero emissions by reducing and offsetting emissions. Chuck was an original board member for PA IPL and a co-founder of the Main Line Chapter of PA IPL. In Drexel University’s Environmental Management program where he obtained a masters degree, he was part of a team of graduate students who developed an emission inventory of the Philadelphia Airport.

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