SHOW

Three 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:

  • November 1: South Congregational Church, Concord, New Hampshire.
    Register here.
  • November 8: First Baptist Church, Worcester. Register here.
  • November 15: Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth, New Hampshire.
    Register here.

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 November!

 

Energy Management for Seminaries
and Large Houses of Worship

Monday November 3, 2014 – 9am to 4pm
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

GreenFaith in collaboration with Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light is hosting an Energy Management Seminar for those involved in managing large religious facilities and their energy systems. Learn about efficiency rebates and incentives and advanced conservation and efficiency strategies. Network with others to share challenges, ideas and solutions! This seminar is for Facility Managers, Sustainability Directors, CFO's and everyone involved in energy management.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jerry Lawson, Director, US EPA ENERGY STAR for CONGREGATIONS
  • NGrid & NStar representatives on incentives and rebates for religious facilities in MA
  • Colby May, Certified Energy Manager – Founder of LIT Consultants
  • Rev. Fletcher Harper – Executive Director, GreenFaith

COST: $50 per person, or $75 total for multiple representatives of any one institution.
To register contact Colby May at colby@consultlit.com.

 

December 1st Deadline to Comment
on the EPA Power Plant Carbon Pollution Rule

Existing power plants are our country's single greatest source of the carbon pollution that is hurting our neighbors and communities. If implemented and carried out, EPA's draft standards would cut carbon emissions from industrial power plants by a sizable 30%. We need to let the EPA know that the faith community will stand strong in support of these safeguards!

To see EPA's video overview of the Clean Power Plan go here. Specific instructions for submitting public comments are here.

View an excellent presentation by Rachel Cleetus, of the Union of Concerned Scientists explaining why Power Plant Pollution is so important.

The public comment period will be open until December 1st, 2014.

 

 

Houses of worship leave a notable environmental imprint.

Houses of Worship

Per capita, per hour of use, they're often among the biggest wasters of energy, and the United States has more houses of worship than any other country!

Many congregations recognize the moral imperative for stewardship, but don't always stand on the moral "high ground" when it comes to actual energy usage. We need to become better stewards and, in the process, encourage and inspire our congregants to do better at home, school, and work.

Membership in MIP&L offers a concrete way to put faith into action. Together, we will work toward environmental justice and care of creation. We will be a powerful religious response to global warming and environmental degradation!

If we don't, who will?

 

SUCCESS STORIES

Boston SynagogueAll Steamed Up?

Boston Synagogue was all steamed up, not just about climate change but especially about its cost (in $s and environmental impact) for using steam to heat its building. Boston Synagogue (also known as Charles River Park Synagogue) is a small, lay-led synagogue located in the heart of the Old West End near Massachusetts General Hospital. The building was constructed in 1971. It is a single-story structure, with a dramatic pitched "skylight" roof over the Sanctuary.

The result?  During 2009 Boston Synagogue reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 70%, from over 200,000 lbs to just over 80,000 lbs. Their annual energy costs decreased by 57% during this period, to about $6,800 as compared to about $15,750. Also, their annual repair and maintenance bills dropped significantly. As a result,the estimated payback time on their capital investment is approximately 5 years.

Read the full and very detailed case study by clicking here (PDF).

 

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Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a faith based response to climate change by promoting energy efficiency, environmental justice, green job training, and policies that will lead to a sustainable future.