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February 2015

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

It's Time to Think Solar

South Church Solar

With the short days and snow on the roof, it may not seem like a time to investigate putting solar panels on your house of worship, but this is a great time to start so you can get proposals from solar installers, educate your congregation on the benefits, and get the panels installed by the time the long, sun-filled days return!

Here's how you can join the growing number of houses of worship with solar power:

  1. Email MIP&L solar program manager Jim Nail at jimnail@mipandl.org with the name and address of your house of worship. He can take a look on Google and provide a quick evaluation of the solar potential for your site.
  2. Check out MIP&L's Everyday Environmental Stewardship brief on Financing Solar Panels to understand how solar panels can be the most affordable for your house of worship. The piece compares the merits of purchasing the panels with the advantages of a power purchase agreement (PPA).
  3. Contact our primary solar partner, Sun Bug Solar, for a free on-site evaluation and proposal. Contact Pam Harty at pam.harty@sunbugsolar.com or 617-440-3069.
  4. Post your interest in solar at Energy Sage by visiting this page, a site where other solar installers can take a look and contact you to offer their proposals.
  5. Stay in touch with Jim Nail for help comparing proposals, answering questions and understanding the steps from evaluation, through installation and activation.

Prices for solar panels have come down in the past couple of years, so even if you considered it a couple of years ago, it makes a lot of sense to take a fresh look now.

Solar is one of the best ways to put your faith in action to protect creation and show your members and community that you're doing your part to fight climate change.

 

LEARN HOW TO REDUCE THE ENERGY COSTS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT AT YOUR HOUSE OF WORSHIP

SHOWCatch a Live SHOW for Only $10

Are the energy bills at your house of worship draining your resources? Would you like a concrete way to lead by example and show how you're caring for creation?

Come to MIP&L's popular half-day Sustainable House of Worship, or SHOW Workshop:

February 28, 2015
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA
Register at: http://bit.ly/SHOWFeb28

Fee is $10 per person thanks to the sponsorship of the Episcopal Diocese of MA.
All faiths are welcome!

By attending you'll learn:

Humphrey Mutindwa of the First Baptist Church of Fitchburg thought SHOW was "Very educational and thoughtful. Good value." According to Kevin Jones of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown it was "Inspiring to see/hear others dealing with what sometimes seems overwhelming. [You] don't have to 'go it alone!' "

Register for the February 28th SHOW at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA by going to: http://bit.ly/SHOWFeb28

 

WHY A CARBON TAX IS NEEDED

Carbon tax

Jeffrey Ball, scholar in residence at Stanford University argues that a carbon tax is needed in a persuasive article, "Facing the Truth About Climate Change; Here's a political solution to a looming environmental crisis" in The New Republic.

Ball points out that even after the recent US-China agreement on emissions reductions, the world is unlikely to avoid global temperatures increasing by more than 2 degrees Celsius. Economists have long argued that putting a price on carbon would be effective public policy.

 

UCC Conference Minister & President Speaks at Global Divestment Day Rally

Jim Antal

Massachusetts Conference Minister and President Jim Antal spoke at a Global Divestment Day Rally at the State House on Feb. 12, calling on state leaders to "lead the nation by becoming the first state to declare that it is immoral to allow fossil fuel companies to carry out their business plan, because if they do, they will wreck the earth." Read more. The National Synod of the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Episcopal Diocese of MA and the Boston Presbytery have passed resolutions regarding divesting from fossil fuels.

 

BuildingEnergy 15 Conference and Tradeshow, March 3rd-5th

BuildingEnergy 15

The BuildingEnergy 15 Conference & Tradeshow from March 3rd- 5th, in Boston, is the Northeast's premier gathering for sustainable design, high performance building, and renewable energy professionals. Produced by volunteer members of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), 3,500+ gather to discuss sustainability in the built environment. Attendees span all sectors of the building & energy industries so you can ask tough questions, get honest answers, and strengthen your practice. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. Click here for more information.

 

MEDITATION OF THE MONTH

We are trustees of the earth and fellow creatures with its inhabitants.
Spirit calls us to ecological consciousness;
We are dependent on nature and belong to the natural order.
It is not simply an object for domination and exploitation,
but the Spirit's project, to be redeemed along with us.
Nature is our home, blessed by God ... and it is destined for renewal.

Clark Pinnock

If not us who? If not now, when?

Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L

 

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