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Deciding on Divestment from Fossil Fuels 

From Congregations to Kitchen Tables

May 14 from 7-9 PM at Hancock Church
1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA
(Opposite the Lexington Green)

Sponsored by Mass. Interfaith Power & Light

From religious congregations to kitchen tables nationwide, people are debating divestment. The driving question: Should we divest from the fossil fuel industry?

Forum participants:

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Mass. Conference of the U.C.C.
Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies
Cindy Davidson, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth Board Member
Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Funds

The panel will address these questions:

  • What are the moral and financial reasons to divest from coal, oil and natural gas investments?  
  • Is fossil fuel divestment an effective strategy to address climate change?
  • What are the financial implications of divestment?  
  • What should institutions and individuals consider when considering divestment?   
  • How can investment in renewables be a wise choice that will lead to a clean energy future? 

For more information, please email: mipandl@mipandl.org.


Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) Workshop

May 17 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
at South Church in Andover
41 Central Street, Andover, MA 01810

Attend this informative, hands-on workshop conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light to gain the tools and knowledge to evaluate essential areas of the energy use and save money on the energy costs in your House Of Worship.

This workshop will cover:

  • Electricity – How to recognize the major energy hogs – and what to do about them.
  • Heat & Air Conditioning – Is it time for an upgrade?
  • Building Envelope – What tasks can make your congregation more comfortable and save you money?
  • Behavior – How simple actions can reduce your energy bill and carbon footprint by 10% or more.
  • Budgeting and finance – Means & methods to get the $s to take action on key systems, now and in the future.

Cost: $10 per person. For more information, please email Bill Schroeder at bill@mipandl.org. To register, please click here.


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?



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.