SHOW

Saturday April 18, 2015
from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
First Churches of Northampton
129 Main Street, Northampton, MA
(413) 584-9392

Would your congregation like to lower its utility bills? Decrease its use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy? MIP&L's Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshop covers all this and more.

Attend this informative, hands-on workshop to evaluate the essential areas of energy use and costs in your House of Worship:

  • Electricity — How to recognize the major energy hogs — and what to do about them.
  • Solar Power — Is solar an option for you?
  • Heat & Air Conditioning — Is it time for an upgrade?
  • Building Envelope — How to make your congregation more comfortable and save money.
  • Behavior — How simple actions can reduce your energy bill — and carbon footprint — by 10% or more.

Thanks to the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Western MA and TABCOM the fee to attend is only $10 per attendee. Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation committee members of all faiths welcome. Light refreshments are included.

TO REGISTER, please click here.

 For more information, contact Vince Maraventano at vince@MIPandL.org
or 617-244-0755

 

JCAN

JCAN CONFERENCE
"From Uncertainty to Action:
What You Can Do About Climate Change"

Co-sponsored by Hebrew College

Sunday, May 17, 3-7 PM
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Rd. Newton

• A Jewish response to climate change
• Diverse workshops led by climate activists
• Climate change as a social justice issue
• Special workshop for youth
• Deep networking
• Environmental organizations and businesses

Register Now!

www.jewishclimate.org

Contact David to sponsor: dschr@ureach.com

 

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.