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Mass. Interfaith Power & Light
14 Collins Road
Waban, MA 02468

Phone: 617-244-0755



MIP&L's Staff and Key Volunteers

Protect the earth


James Nail, President & Director of Solar Programs
Jim's work focuses on the implementation and financing of renewable energy technologies. He has been the key person responsible for the Solar Power for Faith Communities Program, through which more than 30 houses of worship have installed solar rooftop systems avoiding more than 900 metric tons of carbon dioxide. He is a presenter at solar and Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshops and speaks about sustainability at business and faith community events. During his 30-year career he has specialized in helping people derive maximum benefit from new technologies. Jim works as a Principal Analyst for Forrester Research and holds a BA from Williams College. Read about the solar installation at Jim's house of worship here.

Vince Maraventano, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Vince has primary responsibility for fund raising, staff work, administration and oversight of a dedicated corps of volunteers. He is the lead on public policy education and advocacy and has been the key person in developing and presenting MAIP&L's leadership and organizing training. He has given testimony to the Massachusetts legislature, the New England EPA and the MA Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. Vince worked on and managed the 2-year $110,000 CARES (Congregations Acting to Renew Earth's Sustainability) project funded by the Barr Foundation. More than 6,600 metric tons of carbon pollution are being avoided by the energy upgrades done under CARES at houses of worship and homes. Before joining MA IP&L as a community organizer in 2008 Vince was Senior Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for 12 years, working on air pollution, energy efficiency and enforcement matters. Vince holds an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School and a law degree from Boston College Law School. Read about the energy upgrades at his house of worship here.

Susan Evans
Susan's commitment to saving energy is akin to a force of nature. She has been a key advocate for efficiency and solar energy at her church and helps MAIP&L to organize Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) and solar energy workshops. She is also a presenter at our SHOW workshops. See how much carbon pollution Susan's house of worship has eliminated here.

Thomas Nutt-Powell, Lead Energy Assessor
Tom is a co-founder and served as President of MAIP&L from 2002-2009. He has completed Environmental Stewardship Assessments (assessments of facility energy systems and energy use) for more than 340 congregations and is lead presenter at MAIP&L's Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshops that show faith communities how to lower their carbon footprints and energy bills. Tom is the founder and President of Capital Needs Unlimited, a firm involved in the planning and development of affordable housing, where the control of utility use and cost is a key consideration. He served on the faculty of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning and directed its MCP program. Tom holds degrees from Harvard (MTS and MCP) and MIT (PhD). Tom is a driving force behind energy use and cost reductions at his house of worship.

Mary Anne Schoonover
Mary Anne handles our bookkeeping responsibilities. The depth of her faith is evidenced by the extraordinary range of volunteer responsibilities she has performed at her church for many years. She is also a real animal lover. Mary Anne has worked for Blue Cross-Blue Shield and Staples. Mary Anne has been a key player reducing carbon pollution and energy use at her house of worship.

Bill Schroeder, Executive Committee
Bill is a presenter at solar and Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshops. He advises individual faith groups about solar PV system projects and other energy efficiency recommendations. Bill gives talks on the urgency of the climate crisis to civic groups. He is a leader of the green team at South Church in Andover. During his 30-year career at Bell Laboratories, he managed engineering teams developing new telecommunications products. He received BS, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. Read about how Bill's house of worship is caring for creation here.


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Mass. Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a religious response to climate change. Our mission is to: Assist faith communities, their members and the public to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions & energy costs; educate people on why climate change is a matter of morality and justice; and advocate for policies that will lead to a sustainable future.