Join Mass. Interfaith Power & Light
at the People's Climate March
in NYC on September 21st

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

Mass. Interfaith Power & Light will be joining folks from around the country at the People's Climate March, on Sunday, September 21st to demand a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. If you're wondering whether you should go? Check out this video.

The march is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM, and leave from just north of Columbus Circle near 59th Street and Central Park West. This will be a family-friendly event. The tone will be dignified, fun, and empowering, and the organizers are committed to making sure that it is peaceful and safe. For more details and updates, sign up here.

Bus transportation from four locations in Massachusetts is being organized by Better Future Project. For details and to buy a bus ticket, go here.

 

SHOW

In baseball making it to the major leagues is called getting to the SHOW. MIP&L's Sustainable House of Worship workshops (SHOW) are the big leagues of energy efficiency education for houses of worship. This half-day workshop provides practical information and useful tools to enable you to lower energy use, save money, and reduce carbon pollution from your house of worship.

Members of all faiths are welcome to come to this fall's workshop on September 27 at St. Peter's Church, Buzzard's Bay. Register here.

We are especially grateful that in addition to our longstanding partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts have joined us as sponsors. The season may be ending early for the Red Sox this year but you can make it to the SHOW!

 

 

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.