If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

Texas Lutheran University Environmental Justice Symposium: Sept-Oct, 2014

The theme of Texas Lutheran University's annual Krost Symposium is "Environmental Justice: Texan Responses to Global Crises," and examines how people are impacted by their environment. All events will take place at Texas Lutheran University, 1000 West Court Street, Seguin, Texas 78155.

The symposium will take place in four segments:

  • September 3-4, 6
  • September 17-8, 29
  • October 8-9
  • October 27-28

Check out www.tlu.edu/krost for a full list of speakers and events for each segment.

Creation and Spirituality Event, September 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

From: San Antonio Interfaith Power & Light and Compassionate San Antonio

Primary Contact: Diane Duesterhoeft | dduesterhoeft@gmail.com | 210-254-0245

CREATION AND SPIRITUALITY: Awakening a Passion for the Environment in People of Faith

What do the major faiths teach us about our relationship with the earth?

On Tuesday, September 9, Dr. William Greenway, Associate Professor of philosophical theology at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will address this question from an open Christian perspective that focuses on values shared by Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and other great faith traditions of the world. A warm and engaging speaker, Dr. Greenway will allow ample time for questions and discussion on how people of faith can engage in meaningful care for the gift of creation.

The evening is presented by San Antonio Interfaith Power & Light and Compassionate San Antonio. It is being hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 DeZavala Road, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in anticipation of the upcoming Encyclical by Pope Francis on caring for creation. The evening is free and open to the public.

For more information on the sponsoring organizations, go to http://sacompassionnet.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/SanAntonioIPL.

The Clean Power Plan and Texas

The Clean Power Plan is a new EPA proposal for reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of carbon pollution these plants can pump into the air. The electric power sector is responsible for nearly 40 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in the United States.

The Clean Power Plan proposed rule would:

  • Reduce CO2 pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030;
  • Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and
  • Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

Watch the Energy Star Webinar Featuring Jerry Lawson Now!

Archived Energy Star Webinar Featuring Jerry Lawson Now Available.

Click "Read More" to watch the video stream now!

Original webinar post here.

2014 Memorial Day Tax-Free Weekend on Energy Efficient Products

Announcing 2014 Memorial Day Tax-Free Weekend on Energy Efficient Products

This Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to invest in reducing your energy use. ENERGY STAR announces Memorial Day sales tax exemption for select energy efficient items. Eligible products meet the energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The tax-free weekend begins Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. 

All qualifying products will be labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo. They include:

Interfaith Environmental Network's Letter To Austin-Area Congregations

The city of Austin is beginning a conversation about its energy future, and TXIPL's Austin affiliate—the Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN)—wants to ensure that the faith community has the information it needs to participate in this important conversation.

On Monday, March 3, 2014, IEN mailed the following letter to over 300 Austin-area congregations:

Houston IPL Presents an Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event, March 30, 2014

People of all faiths, or no faith at all, are invited to join with Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims to care for our shared environment on Sunday afternoon, March 30th, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by working to create a garden in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Houston. The garden is a program of Almighty Ministries, an organization that empowers at-risk youth from impoverished communities through free after-school programs and summer camps.

The after-school program, Youth Going Green Community Garden, educates youth on developing gardening, leadership and social skills, while providing nourishing food. The garden is located at 4706 Idaho in Houston.

Webinar: Introducing ENERGY STAR's New Action Workbook for Congregations

The webinar is over, but you can watch the recording here.

Want to help your congregation be a faithful steward of God's creation and save money at the same time? The ENERGY STAR program helps congregations save money and prevent pollution. Join us for a special webinar to introduce the new ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations from noon-1pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

TXIPL Goes to the White House to #ActOnClimate

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, TXIPL staff Bee Moorhead and Yaira Robinson will attend a special White House "Faith-based and Community Leaders Addressing Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change" meeting. The event will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. central time.

In addition, you can follow the conversation on Twitter and post questions during the event by using the hashtag #ActOnClimate. Find Bee's twitter feed at @BeeMoorhead and Yaira's at @YairaRobinson. Feel free to send them your questions and comments throughout the program, too! 

A Plea for Climate Action from a Church on the Southern Leg of the Keystone XL

On Friday, January 31, 2014, the U.S. State Department released its final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline. As we wait now for President Obama to decide whether or not to approve the northern leg of the pipeline, oil is already flowing in the southern leg that cuts through East Texas.

We've raised voices of religious concern about construction of the Keystone XL for several years. Read about that here, here, and here. Now, one church on the front lines of the question—Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas—is sending a plea to people of faith across the country to stand with them in concern about climate change and in opposition to this pipeline. Here is their urgent message:

"Most religions of the world insist that one of humanity's responsibilities is to be the steward or caretaker of the earth that was created to nourish us all. With that moral imperative in mind, our East Texas church wishes to encourage faith communities throughout our land to join us in being witnesses that this good earth is the Lord's and is not to be abused, exploited nor destroyed. We hope you’ll join us, too, in making an unmistakable plea to work for an earth capable of sustaining future generations.

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