PHILLY: MLK Day of Service —invasive plant removal

PA IPL members The Climate Action Team at The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields will be hosting an invasive plant removal/clean-up at the ruins of Buttercup Cottage in Fairmount Park in Mt. Airy, Monday, January 16 from 9 am to noon. This will be in conjunction with events occurring all over Philadelphia that day in celebration of the 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-4-06-51-pm

Learn more and register here.  Registrants will receive an email with more details on where to meet. 

Questions? Cricket Hunter can put you in touch with the contact person! The event is family-friendly, and best for kids 10 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Download a flyer  to help spread the word.

When I was cold, you warmed up my house.

Weatherization First is a project of PA IPL that started in Centre County in October 2013… less than a year ago.  We’ve now helped 18 homes, and some key leaders in other areas of PA are starting to figure out how to create similar projects in their areas.

After the Penn State chapter of PA IPL completed an internal storm window build, they went back to interview one of the recipients.  Cathie McLendon has generously given us permission to share her interview. Let the video inspire you to come out to our Weatheriztion First fundraiser at Ace Hardware of State College this Saturday (and check out the WJAC channel 6 story that ran on the 11:00 news on May 14, too). 

PA IPL assists the Centre County Fuel Bank

David DeMoss at Fuel Bank presentation
David DeMoss at Fuel Bank presentation

A couple of winters ago the Centre County Fuel Bank ran out of money.  Administered by Interfaith Human Services (IHS), the Fuel Bank is funded through local donations and provides assistance to low-income families who have already exhausted the fuel that they received through the federal LIHEAP program.  When Ruth Donahue, the Executive Director of Interfaith Human Services, went to county officials and to United Way to ask for more funds, they asked whether there was any way to reduce the demand for fuel.  She turned to PA Interfaith Power & Light and asked us to provide classes for the clients of the Fuel Bank on how to reduce their energy use.  Continue reading PA IPL assists the Centre County Fuel Bank

Bright Idea Webinar

This event is finished, but you can

  • view the slides  BrightIdeaSlideshow.PAIPL
  • hear the recorded conference audio
  • get a copy of the Bright Idea calculator (the live Excel Template is too much to load here, but you can see a snapshot of  it at the link below).  Email Cricket and she’ll reply with an attached Excel file you can use for real.  It’s a fun toy! snapshot-BrightIdeaCalculator.PAIPL

During this call, PA IPL board member Chuck Marshall will introduce participants to an exciting program at his church, (charter PA IPL member) Central Baptist Church that is cutting emissions AND helping low-income households cut their bills — they call it Bright Idea.  The program is less flashy than Wayne Central Baptist’s solar panels, but it can be immediately affordable, and it’s actually outpacing the panels in its emissions-cutting effects.  Any congregation can adapt this for themselves.   REGISTRATION is free.

It’s a great way to

  • cut emissions
  • serve the community
  • involve the congregation

Invite a friend to join the call, too.  If you get excited and want to share the ideas with more people, we’d be glad to schedule webinars or in-person events.

Before the call, we’ll email you

  • a PDF you can use to follow along with the presentation
  • a nifty calculator to measure the program’s impact
  • directions for making the call using your phone (normal rates or minutes-charges apply) or your computer (free!).

We’ll start on time, but feel free to duck out early if you need to — most of the information will be covered by 7:30, and the remaining time will be available for Q and A.

Click through to REGISTER!

Positively Green


This event is over, but you can see all the pictures in a Facebook album on PA IPL’s Facebook page, or have a look at the write up on our blog.

Positively Green 2014 is the 4th annual energy efficiency and weatherization service learning event held on “State Patty’s Day.”  Organized primarily by Penn State students, there is a learning and action component in the morning, followed by lunch, after which participants head out to service sites to put the learning and preparation work into action in low-income households and service agencies in Centre County, gathering again for a conclusion at the end of the day.  Register here.

The learning component takes place within walking distance of campus.  We will carpool to work sites within 10 miles of State College.


9-12 learning and pre-building
12-12:30 lunch
12:30-1 move volunteers and materials to worksites
1-3:30 service
3:30 return to learning site to regroup and share stories (cookies!)
4:30 adjourn