Sustainability Summit 2016

Saturday September 17th, 2016
Smith College, Northampton, MA

Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. We’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU about the strategies you see in your community as we craft a path forward for our region.

Sandra SteingraberKeynote speaker Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed ecologist and author, will explore the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on climate change, chemical contamination, and shale gas extraction via fracking. She takes a personal and scientific look at these issues and offers insights into how we can protect our environment and our communities. Steingraber brings a clear, lyrical voice to the complex evidence of biology.

Workshop tracks will be led by leaders confronting our current energy system, harnessing critical opportunities, creating new models, and thinking big about possibilities for access for all to clean energy.

  • How can we protect our families from the health impacts of carbon-intensive energy?
  • How can we make energy efficiency upgrades accessible for those who need it most?
  • What are the economic models for financing locally-owned community energy projects?
  • How can we rethink ownership of energy and envision an inclusive new energy system?

If these questions resonate with you, then you don't want to miss this conference!

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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.

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