IGC Passes Resolution to Move Indy Beyond Coal
At its January 2014 meeting, the Indianapolis Green Congregations steering committee passed a resolution calling on Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) to move beyond coal to clean energy.
IPL is preparing a 20-year energy plan that must be submitted to state regulators in November. The resolution describes the health and environmental impacts of burning coal, and notes that increasingly affordable clean energy from wind and solar is out-competing coal and reducing electricity bills in other states. It calls on IPL to improve Indianapolis' energy efficiency programs and increase options for customers who want to generate their own electricity.
You can read a copy of the resolution here. IGC's steering committee called on congregations in Indianapolis to support similar resolutions calling for a clean energy economy for Indianapolis.
What is a Green Congregation?
Green Congregations are part of a growing movement among faith communities of many denominations to recognize the importance of environmental stewardship in all aspects of life--at home, at church and at work.
A Green Congregation is one that addresses issues of environmental stewardship and social justice. Green ministries take many forms and have many names, but all share a commitment to care for God's creation and to live more sustainably on the Earth.
A Green Congregation may work on programs to reduce pollution, environmental degradation and depletion of resources. Caring for creation includes moderation in lifestyle, living sustainably with the land, and living out the universal ethics of justice, mercy and truth.
If you're interested in starting a green ministry at your congregation, contact us for assistance and ideas or check out our links to on-line resources or past presentations on getting started.
An Affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light
Indianapolis Green Congregations is a Central Indiana affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL). H-IPL's mission is “To bring Hoosiers of faith together as stewards of creation in order to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sustainable practices.”
We partner with H-IPL to present programs in Central Indiana. Individuals and congregations can join H-IPL to support its work. For more information, see www.hoosieripl.org or contact Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light board member Rev. Lyle McKee at lmckee(at)stlconline.org.