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

Global Warming and Democracy

Submitted by Bee on Thu, 2007-09-27 10:26

I posted this same article on the Texas Impact website but wanted to make sure eveyone sees it so I'm posting it here, too.

Our friend the Reverend Steve Brown of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light forwarded me an op-ed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ross Gelbspan, who is the retired editor of the Boston Globe and an international expert and voice for change on global warming and energy. Ross is a great friend to Texas and Texas Impact who has travelled down here several times to speak to religious and secular audiences on global warming challenges and solutions. His website is http://www.heatisonline.org/

Ross's op-ed is absolutely required reading for faith communities for a number of reasons, the most important of which is the context for hope Ross continues to operate in. As language about global warming from the scientific community gets scarier, we will need different ways of thinking about the future to keep us from shutting down and giving up. Ross Gelbspan's perspective is one that helps me stay grounded in hope for the long term as opposed to grasping for optimism in the short term.

Climate change may destabilize democracies

By Ross Gelbspan

This op-ed first appeared in the Lowell, Massachusett, Sun.


While senators and representatives diddle over the beginnings of authentic climate change legislation, it is depressingly clear that even our best-intentioned leaders don’t really get it.

Prestonwood Baptist Church Wins EPA Energy Star Award for Energy Savings

Small Businesses and Congregations Honored by EPA for Energy Savings

News for Release: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Contact: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - Sept. 12, 2007) Today EPA announced the winners of the 2007 Energy Star Award for Small Businesses and Congregations. Together, the winners saved more than $1.2 million in annual energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 1,600 vehicles annually. This year's diverse group of eight small businesses and three congregations includes an auto dealership, a winery and a mega-church.

"Whether they are running a place of business or a place of worship, more and more Americans are realizing that getting the most out of their energy dollars just makes sense," said U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Through Energy Star, President Bush and EPA are brightening our nation's future, and I applaud these award winners for demonstrating the environmental and financial rewards of going green."

Small businesses and congregations that strategically manage the energy performance of their facilities can cut utility costs by 25 percent or more by making efficiency improvements and, at the same time, make significant contributions to a healthier environment. The energy saving efforts of the winners included upgrading existing facilities as well as the construction of new energy efficient facilities. Efficiency improvements include lighting upgrades, improved insulation, installation of door and window seals, purchase of Energy Star qualified appliances and equipment and the use of energy management systems.

In addition to the winners of the 2007 Energy Star Award for Small Businesses and Congregations, EPA also announced three special awards for notable achievements in energy efficiency.

The 2007 Energy Star Small Business winners are:

Central PA Settlement LLC of Bedford, Pa.
Duncaster Inc. of Bloomfield, Conn.
G&S Produce Distributing of Sacramento, Calif.
Ocean Breeze Awnings and More of Surfside Beach, S.C.
Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney, Texas
Planet Subaru of Hanover, Mass.
Sendell Motors Inc. of Greensburg, Pa.
Sonoma Wine Company of Graton, Calif.

The 2007 Energy Star Congregation winners are:

Jonesville United Methodist Church of Clifton Park, N.Y.
Prestonwood Baptist Church of Plano, Texas
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Mich.

The recipients of the three special awards are:

Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Western Appliance

Launched in 1992, Energy Star is a government program that helps businesses and consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. In 2006, Americans with the help of Energy Star saved $14 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to those of 25 million vehicles annually.


More information about the 2007 Small Business Award Winners

 

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Energy Star: http://energystar.gov

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov

U.S. Department of Energy: http://www.energy.gov

 

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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.

Bee Moorhead, director of TXIPL said, “Faith communities throughout Texas are concerned about global warming and air pollution, and they want to take action…but in many cases they aren’t sure what action to take. Energy efficiency is a great place to start because for a small investment, a family or congregation can clear the air and save money at the same time.” Founder and director of national Interfaith Power & Light, Reverend Sally G. Bingham, said “Everyone has a stake and a role in reducing global warming emissions. Working together people of faith can lead the way and we can change history.”

On ShopIPL, congregations can buy proven energy efficiency products for their house of worship including an array of compact fluorescent light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, water heater timers, and weatherization products and more at substantially discounted prices. Members can order products for their own homes and businesses through the congregation, and youth groups or other congregational ministries can use the site to conduct fundraisers. ShopIPL.org is a useful resource for consumers who are new to the idea of energy efficiency because the site includes detailed descriptions of products and explains how they save energy.

Deer Park United Methodist Church recently made a purchase at ShopIPL.org. “Energy efficiency is an important part of becoming a ‘green congregation’, which is a commitment our church has made. ShopIPL is easy to use for churches because it functions a lot like the fair trade coffee programs many congregations participate in already”, said The Reverend T. Randall Smith, Senior Pastor at Deer Park.

Nancy Benthien is a geologist and environmental advocate as well as a parishioner at Covenant Lutheran Church in Houston. She ordered a lamp and compact fluorescent light bulbs at ShopIPL.org to save energy in her home. “The experience was great. The site is easy to navigate and the items arrived at my door in a few short days. I am recommending this website to individuals and congregations alike for ‘green’ appliances and equipment.”

A portion of sales at ShopIPL.org are passed on to the state IPL organizations. Nathan Melson of Sloans Creek Farm in Dodd City has a small farm business raising grass-fed beef, goat, sheep, and pastured pork. He says he made the choice to use ShopIPL instead of a chain store for his energy efficiency needs because it met his personal and business goals. “I support the creation care work Texas IPL is doing and believe God wants us to be good stewards of what we’re given. ShopIPL makes good business sense and serves the creation,” said Melson.

ShopIPL.org is a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light and Energy Federation, Inc., one of the leading residential distributors of energy efficiency-related products in the United States.

For more information on the national IPL movement, visit http://www.theregenerationproject.org

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!

Check out the full list here :

http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2007/07/24/religious/

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!

To see if you qualify, have a copy of your electric bill handy and call 1-866-472-9376 or visit www.for-pickup.com.

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.

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