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

New Online Store Offers Affordable Energy Efficiency Solutions for Congregations and Their Members

Coverage of ShopIPL.org in Grist

ShopIPLlogoEPA Grant Funds Collaborative Approach to Online Store Aimed at Faith Communities

Austin, TX -- Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) today announced the launch of “ShopIPL.org,” an online store designed to help faith communities and their members reduce global warming and air pollution through energy efficiency. TXIPL is one of 23 “Interfaith Power & Light” organizations throughout the country that are collaborating to bring energy efficiency and climate stewardship to local faith communities.

There are more than 300,000 houses of worship in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that if those congregations reduced their energy consumption by 10 percent it would prevent the release of more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of removing 400,000 cars from the road. EPA supports the development and maintenance if ShopIPL.org through a multi-year grant to Interfaith Power & Light.

IPL Founder Named in Green Religious Leader List

National Interfaith Power and Light President and founder, the Reverend Sally G. Bingham, was recently named one of the 15 Greenest Religious Leaders by Grist Online Magazine. Others honored in the listing are the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Dalai Lama, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Pope Benedict XVI.

Congratulations, Sally!

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Cool Opportunity for Williamson County!

The Oncor appliance recycling pilot program in Williamson County will pay you to recycle your old, working refrigerator or freezer.

Refrigerators built before 2002 can use twice the energy as newer models, driving up your electric bill each month. This Williamson County pilot program will come and pick up your old, functional units for free and recycle them in order to keep them off the electric grid and out of landfills. They will also send you a check for $35!

Cool Cities Training A Success!

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 2007-08-06 12:01

The Cool Cities Information and Training Session last Saturday, August 4th was a wonderful success. The group of fifteen or so attendees was energetic and diverse. Many faiths and backgrounds were represented including Methodists, Catholics, Presbyterians, residents of Killeen, Cedar Park, Westlake, Georgetown, college students from Southwestern and the leader of a local Sierra Club group in a Georgetown highschool.

Dr. Andy Fowler, Texas Impact board representative from the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church; Sue Sidney, President of the Southwest Texas Conference United Methodist Women; and Cynthia Crawford of the Catholic Diocese of Austin discuss the religious community's response to the Cool Cities Campaign.