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

Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light Launch - from Rev. Paul John Roach

This guest blog post is written by Rev. Paul John Roach. Rev. Paul John Roach is Senior Minister of Unity Church of Fort Worth, and is a founding member of Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light.

Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light made its official launch on October 15, 2012 by co-sponsoring a seminar entitled “Water Matters:  An Interfaith Conversation about the Environment in North Texas.” Co-sponsor Brite Divinity School provided the space and Brite professor and Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light founding member Tim Hessel-Robinson was the evening’s host and moderator.

Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Austin Houses of Worship

As part of Austin Energy's new rate plan, effective this month (October, 2012), Austin houses of worship will see some changes in their bills. On Wednesday, October 17th, Austin Energy officials held an informational meeting to inform the faith community about these changes. Learn more about the new rates here.

Along with new rates come new programs--including some energy-efficiency programs for houses of worship. New or updated programs include:

Water Matters: An Interfaith Conversation about the Environment in North Texas - October 15, 2012

Water is an increasing concern for Texas. As the climate warms, we expect to have less water. Meanwhile, our population is growing. How can we work together to ensure that all Texans have access to adequate supplies of fresh, clean water--and what religious principles and practices might offer guidance along the way?

On Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Brite Divinity School, Harrison Building, we will explore some of these issues from a religious perspective in "Water Matters: An Interfaith Conversation About the Environment in North Texas." This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light--the local affiliate of Texas Interfaith Power & Light--and Brite Divinity School.

Greening America's Congregations: TXIPL Goes to the White House

Texas Interfaith Center and Texas Interfaith Power & Light staff joined faith leaders from across the nation for the “Greening America’s Congregations” event at the White House on September 13, 2012. The program was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR program and the White House’s Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and highlighted the work of the faith community on improving energy efficiency in houses of worship.

Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Local, Interfaith Environmental Events in Fort Worth, Dallas, & Austin

Energized teams of local, interfaith, environmental leaders are getting together, building relationships, and taking action all over Texas! We have upcoming events in Houston and in San Antonio. We also have ongoing meetings and public events in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin. For information about those, read on!

Dallas

Dallas Interfaith Power & Light is meeting on Monday, September 24th for a viewing and round table discussion of a Nova documentary, Power Surge. They are also working together to craft a vision and mission statement.

The Dallas group will meet again on Monday, October 22nd, when Glen Suhran will present on "The Science Behind Global Warming."

You're Invited! Houston Interfaith Power & Light Meeting - October 6, 2012

Join leaders of different religious traditions who share a concern about the environment on Saturday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. to plan next steps for the emerging Houston Interfaith Power & Light group--Houston's local, interfaith, environmental network.

We last met on May 6th--with much enthusiasm, but summer break before us. Now that the summer is over, it's time to come back together to do some visioning, as well as some concrete planning. Light refreshments will be provided. Please join us and help spread the word!

September Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: An Update on "Fracking" in Texas

Click here to listen to the archived recording of this call.

Click here to download additional resources about fracking, courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," for oil and natural gas, is highly contentious in other parts of the country--but it's been going on in Texas for years. North and South Texas are both hot spots for drilling, and local communities have approached the practice in different ways. The state has weighed in, too--during the 2011 legislative session, Texas Impact helped pass legislation requiring companies to disclose the types of chemicals and amount of water used in the drilling process.

For our September interfaith environmental conference call, we'll take a look at "fracking." We are excited to welcome Virginia Palacios of the Environmental Defense Fund, who will give us an overview of hydraulic fracturing in Texas--where it's happening, environmental effects, updates on regulation, and a look ahead to possible related legislation during the 2013 session. 

Take the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's time to enter the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge, a national contest to recognize “Cool Congregations” that are becoming energy efficient and sustainable role models within their communities.

All qualifying entries will receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing. In addition, cash prizes of $1,000 will go to winning contestants in each category:

Fort Worth Religious Leaders Testify at Cement Kiln Hearing, Call on EPA to Protect Our Health, Without Delay

Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light Leaders Testify at Nation’s Only Public Hearing to Consider the Delay and Weakening of Toxic Air Pollution Emission Standards for Cement Kiln Plants

August 16, 2012

Fort Worth, TX – Members of Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light (FWIPL) testify today in Arlington, TX at the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for cement manufacturing.

The new proposed EPA rules would weaken regulations on particulate matter, or soot, from cement kilns and would delay implementation of new emissions standards by two years. Particulate matter emissions cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes and may cause lung cancer. A two year delay of this standard endangers the lives of as many as 5,000 people.

Creating a Local, Interfaith Environmental Network in San Antonio - TXIPL Presentation October 11, 2012

Texas is a big state! In order to provide an effective religious response to our shared environmental challenges, we need local teams on the ground in cities and regions across the state. Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) supports the development of local, interfaith environmental networks—and is coming to San Antonio to start the conversation.

Amanda Yaira Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation on Thursday, October 11th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in San Antonio. Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.

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