Now Available: Video of Philly IPL Chapter’s September 13th Program!

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After a summer break the Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is looking forward to a busy and productive year addressing climate change in Pennsylvania and our Philadelphia region. At the PA IPL Philadelphia chapter meeting held on Tuesday evening September 13, we kickoff our 2022-23 year. PA IPL is the recipient this year of two grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as well as grant support from Interfaith Power & Light’s National office and Climate Action Campaign (CAC).

PA IPL’s Executive Director David Heayn-Menendez tells us about these grants and how Philadelphia area IPL members and congregations can get involved in this important work. We also share some advance information on PA IPL’s annual conference coming up in November. And with the so-called mid-term elections also in November, we provide information on IPL National’s Faith Climate Justice Voter project.

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Now Available: Video of Philly IPL Chapter’s May 10th Program!

Grant Funding for PA IPL’s Work in Philadelphia and Beyond

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is the recipient this year of several grants to support the work it does across Pennsylvania, including projects that will have a beneficial impact in the Philadelphia region. At the PA IPL Philadelphia chapter meeting, Tuesday evening May 10, we hear about this year’s grant-funded work, what will be happening as part of this work in Philadelphia, the impact we can look forward to, and potential opportunities for individuals and congregations in this area to be involved. David Heayn-Menendez, PA IPL’s Executive Director, and Kathy Hrabovsky, PA IPL’s Development Associate and DEP Grant Project Manager, join us to discuss these opportunities for PA IPL to expand the work it does.

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Green Justice Philadelphia: strategy session

Green Justice Philly (GJP) is a diverse and growing coalition of organizations committed to building a healthy, sustainable and economically just Philadelphia region.  The Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL is one of the founding organizations of GJP and has been playing a key leadership role in strengthening the coalition.  On Thursday, June 8, GJP held a strategy session to develop our new campaign, which is focusing on stimulating the City of Philadelphia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy while working wth under-resourced Philadelphia neighborhoods to develop local wealth and jobs.

The strategy session included a presentation about DC’s campaigns to move towards renewable energy.  Some 70% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to cities; thus, cities have a significant role to play in reducing emissions.  The complexity of a campaign of this nature requires bringing together leaders, activists, communities, policy experts, and technical experts, and it is inspiring how we are coming together to find common solutions to support the health of our local and global community.  Stay tuned for more details and how you can get involved as the campaign develops.  

[NOTE: This emissions reduction work aligns with the All Hands on Deck: Going to Zero Emissions in Pennsylvania effort by a statewide coalition to work in municipalities toward specific climate pollution reduction targets; the Paris Pledge from IPL nationally allows congregations or other institutions and individuals to publicly commit to similar targets.]Green Justice Philadelphia

Gratitude to PA IPL for providing lunch and to Summit Presbyterian Church for hosting the strategy session.  

—Submitted by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

The strategy session was attended by about 16 people from coalition partners PA IPL, Delaware Riverkeepers Network, Clean Air Council, PA Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (a union for rail workers), Neighborhood Networks, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), Sierra Club, 350 Philly, solar industry (plus a call-in from an organizer of DC’s solar campaign)…with facilitation by Matthew Armstead of Training for Change.  Note that Food & Water Watch is a member of the coalition but their representative was not available.