News from PA-Interfaith Power & Light – March 2012

Jon Brockopp

(From Jon Brockopp): News from PA-Interfaith Power & Light

Please give today to PA Interfaith Power and Light

PA IPL is raising money: for reduced-cost energy audits for member congregations, for our zero-interest loan fund, and for staff support. All our fundraising is done by volunteers, so 100% of your donation goes to programs (read on for one great example).

It gets better: due to a generous grant from national IPL, we can match your donation, dollar for dollar. Giving to PA IPL is fully tax deductible and it’s easy – just click on the DONATE button on our website, or send a check to 205 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16802.

“Positively Green” day of service a great success

On February 25, Penn State IPL trained over 30 students, staff and community members on simple weatherization techniques. Then we headed off to several homes of disadvantaged community members to help them save money and reduce greenhouse gases at the same time. See the press coverage here.

This year, we coordinated with Centre County Interfaith Human Services – a wonderful organization – and discovered that government support for emergency fuel is disappearing. By weatherizing, we also reduce the strain on these limited funds. Thanks to Kris, Barbara, Neill, John, Ruth and the many others who helped coordinate these efforts.

Want to start a similar project in your area? We’d love to help. Contact Cricket, either by email or at the PA IPL office (814-876-2597) to get started.

Cluster event in Johnstown this Saturday

The Johnstown Creation Care group is sponsoring a public event on Saturday, March 24, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Grove Avenue United Methodist Church in Moxham. The keynote speaker is Mike Kane from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. Come learn about PA IPL at this event, which is free and open to all.

More cluster news:

The State College cluster, aka the Creation Care Coalition, has its next gathering for dinner on April 18 at 5:15 at Grace Lutheran Church; Ruth Donahue of Interfaith Human Services will be the guest speaker. This follows a wonderful meeting at St. Andrew’s on March 1, where John Roe presented on his fellowship with GreenFaith.

In Harrisburg, members of the Interfaith Coalition on the Environment helped design a conference on “Growing Stronger Churches: Going Green” on March 10 at Colonial Park UCC; about 35 attended. PA IPL board member Rev. Bill Thwing gave a presentation on ”Taking Steps to make your Property Green.”

PA IPL Board member Bill Sharp was invited by Allegheny College in Meadville to give a series of talks about Transition Towns, IPL and the Bahá’í Faith. Bill is a founder of Transition Town (State College). Allegheny College has a major commitment to sustainability – check out this inspiring video.

Bill Sharp will also be presenting at an Interfaith Creation Care Symposium, Thursday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Pius X Church, 112 Fairview Dr. in Selinsgrove.

Send us your cluster events and we’ll publish them here and on our website – don’t belong to a cluster? Check out our facebook page or contact us to connect with other PA IPL folks in your area.

News from the Executive Committee

PSU IPL president Barbara Donnini won the Stand Up Award from the Rock Ethics Institute for ethical leadership – congratulations, Barb!

Three PA IPL members are planning to ride bicycles to Washington, DC at the end of April. Check out our website and donate to our cause.

Earth Hour parties are happening all over the state on March 31. Contact the PA IPL office (814-876-2597) to find one near you.

PA IPL is a co-convener of Good Jobs, Green Jobs East in Philadelphia, April 3-4 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Rev. Rob McClellan of PA IPL member Tabernacle United Church in Philadelphia will give the opening invocation. You can register here.

PA IPL Executive Director Cricket Hunter was invited to join a meeting of activists addressing Marcellus Shale drilling in State College on February 25. This was an invitation-only event at which Cricket was able to connect with a number of people related in various ways to PA IPL.

Save the date for our Annual Meeting and Conference: October 14 in Harrisburg. We are planning for a green fair, informative speakers, workshops and more.

There are always new things on our website, our blog, and our facebook page. is the place to go with questions or comments.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (paipl.orgis a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy. 

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