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Dear MIP&L members and friends,
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
Mass. Interfaith Power & Light will be joining folks from around the country at the People's Climate March, on Sunday, September 21st to demand a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. If you're wondering whether you should go? Check out this video.
The march is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM, and leave from just north of Columbus Circle near 59th Street and Central Park West. This will be a family-friendly event. The tone will be dignified, fun, and empowering, and the organizers are committed to making sure that it is peaceful and safe. For more details and updates, sign up here.
Bus transportation from four locations in Massachusetts is being organized by Better Future Project. For details and to buy a bus ticket, go here.
Four Chances to go to the SHOW this fall!
In baseball making it to the major leagues is called getting to the SHOW. MIP&L's Sustainable House of Worship workshops (SHOW) are the big leagues of energy efficiency education for houses of worship. This half-day workshop provides practical information and useful tools to enable you to lower energy use, save money, and reduce carbon pollution from your house of worship.
Members of all faiths are welcome to come to any of this fall's workshops:
We are especially grateful that in addition to our longstanding partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts have joined us as sponsors. The season may be ending early for the Red Sox this year but you can make it to the SHOW in September or November!
New Solar Offerings and Partners
Solar power continues to be one of the best ways to eliminate carbon pollution and save money on energy bills. Our partnership with Sun Bug is entering its third year, and they have two new Power Purchase Agreement financing options. Over twenty houses of worship are considering solar proposals, so the momentum continues to grow! If you've thought about solar in the past but haven't explored it, check out www.sunbugsolar.com, contact Lisa Raffin at email@example.com or call 866-945-1727 to get started. Be sure to tell them you heard about them through MIP&L!
We've also added a new partner: Energy Sage. They offer a convenient online site where you create an account, input your address and information about your energy use. Multiple solar installers then evaluate your site and provide proposals to you online. You can use it for your house of worship or your home. Go to www.energysage.com/mipl, set up a free account, create a profile of your site, and see how solar can work for you. Energy Sage also has great information to learn more about solar.
We've also added a new Everyday Environment Stewardship Brief on Financing Solar Power to help you understand the different financing options available. Check it out to help you decide which option is best for your house of worship.
As always, MIP&L is here to help you put your faith in action to care for creation. If you have questions about any of MIP&L's solar programs, contact Jim Nail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drafty Windows? How to Increase Comfort and Lower Costs!
With the colder months approaching this is a great time to think ahead, especially if your house of worship has windows that allow cold air to leak in and heat to leak out. House of worship windows come in many sizes and shapes. What will be the best solution for you?
One we especially like is Advanced Energy Panels (AEP). Their combination of an aluminum frame with a double layer of plastic film not only gives great insulation against heat loss, but also makes them light, sturdy, and easy to install. AEP can make them in any shape, especially important for arched or Gothic-style windows. While you'll barely notice the panels when they're installed, you will definitely notice the increased comfort and the lower heating bills!
Another solution that is cost-effective in areas with double hung windows can be to manufacture your own interior plexiglass storms. For a step-by-step guide on how to make and install your own see MIP&L's Everyday Environmental Stewardship Brief on Interior Storm Windows.
MIP&L is partnering with Window Therm, manufacturers of Advanced Energy Panels. MIP&L members get a 5% discount, and the company makes a donation to support our work for every order received. You can find out more at the web site above or by calling 800-819-9463.
New England Governors' Energy Effort on Hold
Opposition to a new natural gas pipeline proposed to cross the Commonwealth and paid for by electric ratepayers, has resulted questions being raised about Massachusetts' overall energy policy and whether it will lead us to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets.
The efforts of our friends at the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) and coalition partners has resulted in "... Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ... seeking a delay while his administration analyzes different energy scenarios, including those that would not require the construction of extensive natural gas pipelines." Read more about this here.
Net Metering Provision Raises Public Cap for Renewable Thermal Energy
On August 6, Governor Deval Patrick signed renewable energy bill S.2214, An Act Relative to Credit for Thermal Energy Generated with Renewable Fuels into law. With this signing, the net metering provision raises the public cap for each investor-owned utility to 5% (from 3%) of its total power generation and the private cap to 4%.
S.2214 also creates a 17-member task force to review the long-term viability of net metering and the State's solar incentive programs. The task force must convene by October 1st and report its findings by the end of March 2015. The legislature's intent to include renewable thermal energy generation in the State's Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS) was confirmed and clarified. Renewable thermal energy refers to technologies such as solar heating and cooling, ground-source heat pumps (also known as geothermal energy), combined heat & power, and – under specified conditions – bioenergy. To read S.2214, go here: Malegislature.gov.
How Do We Care for Creation?
From Dan Misleh at the Catholic Climate Covenant
As we approach the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron saint of those who promote ecology, consider the role we play as stewards of God's gifts. How do our actions ensure that the poor have access to the universal goods of Creation?
The Feast of Saint Francis program, Creating a Climate for Solidarity, can help parishes, colleges, or small study groups explore how climate change affects the world's poor. The Catholic Climate Covenant will provide a multi-media show, a discussion guide, promotional posters, and other resources free of charge and available for download on September 1.
In order to receive a link to download the program, please register here. You must register in order to receive the download link.
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and all that shall be,
Mother and Father to us all,
Creation Resonates with celebration
Of your nameless name.
Let justice and mercy flood the earth;
Let all creation Harmonize in your imagination;
And let us recognize that
Every thought and thing belongs to you.
With the bread we need for today, feed us;
In the hurts we absorb from each other, heal us;
In times of test and temptation, stand with us;
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you create our universe, now and forever.
From a New Zealand Prayer Book, Harper Collins, SF, 1989
Whether you choose to respond to the climate change crisis by marching with us in New York City, attending one of our SHOW workshops this fall, exploring solar power for your faith community, or joining our prayers for wisdom and strength in our efforts to preserve creation, we hope you'll also take a moment to make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation to Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light by going to www.MIPandL.org and click on the Donate button on the upper right corner.
Peace and blessings,
Your friends at MIP&L