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

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.

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 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."

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. 

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.

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.

TXIPL Webinar: ENERGY STAR and Portfolio Manager for Congregations

Click here to download the slide presentation.

Join us on Wednesday, August 29th from noon-1pm central time for a special webinar to learn how houses of worship can use the free, online Portfolio Manager tool to measure and track energy use. Register for this free webinar here.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tools and resources that can help your congregation take serious steps toward reducing its carbon footprint. According to the EPA's ENERGY STAR for Congregations program, most congregations can cut energy costs by up to 30% by investing strategically in efficient equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance.

On August 29th, we will learn more about the ENERGY STAR for Congregations program and how Texas congregations can access its tools and resources.