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

Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances

The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state’s annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from Saturday May 26 through Monday May 28, 2012
 
“As Texans focus on their household budgets, they can save twice on energy efficient appliances purchased during Memorial Day weekend,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Shoppers do not have to pay sales tax on the appliances, and those energy efficient products will also help them save on their utility bills.”
 
The sales tax break applies to ENERGY STAR® qualified air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less; refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less; ceiling fans; fluorescent light bulbs; clothes washers; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; and programmable thermostats.
 
Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are as follows.
 
ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional
Appliance Type Energy Savings Water Savings
Central Air Conditioners 14%  
Room/Window Air Conditioners 10%  
Refrigerators 20%  
Ceiling Fans 50%  
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs 75%  
Clothes Washers 30% 50%
Dish Washers 10% 12%
Dehumidifiers 15%  
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 
The federal government does not apply ENERGY STAR® certification to clothes dryers. There is more information on the sales tax holiday at www.texaspowerfulsmart.org/incentives/taxfree.php.

TXIPL in Houston - May 8, 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 Houston to start the conversation.

Amanda Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation on Tuesday, May 8th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in Houston. This program is co-sponsored by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Brith Shalom
4610 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire, TX 77401
713-667-9201

To RSVP or ask questions, e-mail Amanda.

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Want to invite friends and colleagues? Great! Check out the event page on facebook here.

Here's some language you can use for an e-mail:

Dear friend,

I am writing to invite you to participate in a conversation about how the faith community can work together to create a local, interfaith environmental network in Houston. Amanda Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation on Tuesday, May 8th, co-sponsored by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, about local networks--and facilitate a discussion about how Houston can faithfully organize around the environmental challenges we face.

Please join us, and invite others from your religious community!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Brith Shalom
4610 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire, TX 77401
713-667-9201

For more information, visit the TXIPL story about this opportunity: http://txipl.org/content/txipl-houston-may-8-2012

If you have questions, would like more information, or if you’re ready to RSVP, please e-mail Amanda: amanda@texasimpact.org. Thank you,

Your name here

Celebrate Earth Day with Faith, Food, and Friends

In conjunction with our national partner, Interfaith Power & Light, we are pleased to offer access to this year’s Cool Harvest kit, which includes tools and resources to help your religious community think about connections between the food we eat and our impacts on the environment.
Click here to order your free Cool Harvest kits!

Earth Day in Your Community

In Dallas and Fort Worth, people from different religious traditions will gather for a shared meal to build community and explore ways they might work together on local environmental concerns. If you’re in the area, you’re invited to one of these vegetarian potlucks! Here’s info about Fort Worth’s potluck on April 19th, and Dallas’s potluck on April 26th.

Earth Day in Your Congregation

There are all kinds of ways to celebrate Earth Day in your congregation! Consider these SWIMming ideas:

Stewardship – As a community, commit to increased recycling; switch from Styrofoam plates & cups to re-usable or compostable products; organize a weatherizing work party to seal around doors and windows; upgrade to more energy-efficient lighting…

Worship – Include a message about our religious responsibility to care for the environment in your worship service. Check out our religious resources on caring for creation. Or consider adding a “gratitude moment” to your service—a short space for reflecting on the beauty and gifts of the earth. This is a simple way we can be more attentive to the natural world and our place in it.

Instruction – Include teachings about caring for God’s creation in educational offerings for children, youth, and adults. Go on a nature hike—or, as a community, walk the neighborhood by your house of worship. Just being outside together can be a wonderful way to connect to nature and to each other.

Mission – As a community, commit to engaging in an action project. Maybe different education classes or committees can develop a rotating schedule of responsibility for a new, on-site vegetable garden. Or your house of worship could advocate for policies that would better care for people and the planet that we share.

There are so many ways to make a difference. Just jump in and start SWIMming, and let us know how we can help!

Faith, Food, and Friends: Building Interfaith Community in Dallas

Join us on Thursday evening, April 26th at for an interfaith, vegetarian, potluck meal as people from different religious traditions gather to build community and explore ways we might work together on local environmental concerns.

On March 6th, over thirty people from different congregations came together in Dallas to learn about creating a local, interfaith, environmental network. This April potluck is our next gathering, where we look forward to getting to know each other better and to making plans for continued collaboration. Please join us!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Rd (corner of Inwood Rd & Northwest Hwy)
Dallas, TX 75220

Amanda from Texas Interfaith Power & Light plans to join us. Please send her an email to RSVP, and bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Location details

We will meet in room:  CFC 103 - 105 (Christ Family Center)

Enter the church parking lot from Inwood Road and park in Green Parking area.
(You can enter from NW Hwy but you will need to drive around the buildings
to the green parking area on the Inwood Rd. access)

Enter the CFC (Christ Family Center) from the parking lot through the double
doors under the porte-cochere. The Gym will be on your left. Proceed
down the entry stairs and turn to your right at the bottom of the stairs, then proceed down the hall to the end, which ends at the entrance to room 103 - 105.

Faith, Food, and Friends: Building Interfaith Community in Fort Worth

Join us on Thursday evening, April 19th at for an interfaith, vegetarian, potluck meal as people from different religious traditions gather to build community and explore ways we might better work together on local environmental concerns.

On March 5th, forty people from different congregations came together in Fort Worth to learn about creating a local, interfaith, environmental network. This April potluck will be our next gathering, where we look forward to getting to know each other better and to making plans for continued collaboration. Please join us!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church
4201 Trail Lake Dr
Fort Worth TX 76109

Amanda from Texas Interfaith Power & Light plans to join us. Please send her an email to RSVP, and bring a vegetarian dish to share.

April Interfaith Conference Call: Working for a Just Farm Bill

Listen to the archived recording of this call here.

The Farm Bill broadly impacts how food is grown and distributed both here and around the world; it affects federal food assistance programs like SNAP (formerly known as “food stamps”); and since our food system has huge impacts on the environment, the Farm Bill has environmental ramifications as well.

For our April interfaith environmental conference call, we are excited to welcome three representatives from the Jewish Farm Bill Working Group to offer a range of perspectives on this important legislation. A coalition of national Jewish organizations, the Working Group recently issued a Jewish Platform for a Just Farm Bill.

Josh Protas, Vice President and Washington Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, will join us for the call--along with Sarah Levinson, Assistant Director of COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life); and Dahlia Rockowitz, Policy Associate on the Reverse Hunger campaign, from the American Jewish World Service. Together, they'll help us understand how the Farm Bill impacts hunger both at home and abroad, how it affects the environment and global warming, and how we as people of faith can work toward a just Farm Bill.

As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

April Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

     Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     Dial-in number: (712) 432-3066 

     Conference Code: 424548

To RSVP for the call or request notes from the call, please e-mail Amanda. Feel free to invite others to participate!

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.

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Photo by KevinLallier (Attribution via Flickr Creative Commons)

TXIPL Conference Call Archives

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.

If you missed a call, have no fear! We keep recordings of our monthly calls here.

Our next call is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th from noon-1:00 p.m. Please join us!

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November 2012 - "Sharing Our Light & Hope," a conversation about sources of hope in sustaining our work for creation care. Listen to this call.

September 2012 - "An Update on 'Fracking' in Texas," with guest presenter Virginia Palacios with the Environmental Defense Fund. Listen to this call.

August 2012 - "Managing Energy Use: ENERGY STAR and Portfolio Manager for Congregations" with guest presenters from the EPA. Download the slide presentation.

June 2012 - "The EPA, Global Warming, and You," with guest presenter Tyler Edgar, the Assistant Director of the Climate and Energy Campaign from the National Council of Churches’ Eco Justice Program. Listen to this call.

May 2012 - "Changes to the Open Beaches Act," with Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Endowed Chair for Marine Policy and Law of the Harte Research Institute, Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Listen to this call.

April 2012 - "Working for a Just Farm Bill," with representatives of the Jewish Farm Bill Working Group. Listen to this call.

March 2012 - "Water," with Andrew Sansom, Director of the River Systems Institute. Listen to this call.

January 2012 - "How to Create a Green Team in Your Congregation," with Robin Nelson, Environmental Stewardship Manager of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Listen to this call.

March Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: Water

Listen to the archived recording of this call.

For our March interfaith environmental conference call, we are excited to welcome Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University, as our guest presenter. Andrew will talk with us about the state of water in Texas, and we'll explore ways that Texans of faith can engage on this issue.

Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, executive director of the Texas Nature Conservancy, and founder of The Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas. We look forward to learning from him.

As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

March Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

     Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     Dial-in number: (712) 432-3066 

     Conference Code: 424548

To RSVP for the call or request notes from the call, please e-mail Amanda. Feel free to invite others to participate!

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.

February Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: GMOs and Building Local Networks

Our February interfaith environmental conference call will be Wednesday, February 22nd at 12:00 p.m. For this call, we are excited to welcome Judith McGeary, Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, as our guest presenter. Judith will give us some information about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - including what they are, some potential risks to the environment and human health, and ways Texans of faith can engage on this issue.

We will also talk about how starting a local, interfaith, environmental network in your area can build community, effectiveness, and hope. Sarah Macias will join us for this part of the call; she serves on the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Environmental Network, the Austin chapter of TXIPL. As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

February Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

     Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     Dial-in number: (712) 432-3066 

     Conference Code: 424548

To RSVP for the call, receive a copy of the call's agenda or request notes from the call, please e-mail Amanda. Feel free to invite others to participate!

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.

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