Using Energy Prudently in Church Buildings
NEW DATE: April 6, 1-4 p.m.
First Friends Meeting
3030 Kessler Blvd., E. Drive, Indianapolis
Save 25 – 40 Percent on Your Congregation’s Utility Bills
Learn how your congregation can put less money into utility bills and more money into its mission by attending this workshop on Sunday, March 2. Find out how one Indiana congregation cut its energy use by 40 percent, and is saving $9,000 per year. Start planning to achieve similar results in your congregation's buildings.
Individuals from congregations are welcome. To maximize your congregation's success, you may wish to send a team of at least two and ideally four people including a leader from your building committee, a trustee and a member of your finance committee.
This workshop is one of a series of Using Energy Prudently workshops being conducted by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light across the state as part of its Seventh Day Initiative. Learn more and register at https://churchenergysavings.eventbrite.com
Questions? Contact Madi Hirschland, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, (317) 654-1524 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light “calling together Hoosiers of faith as stewards of creation in order to promote renewable energy and energy conservation and efficiency, as a faith response to climate change.
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.
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.
Oppose Senate Bill 340:
It Attacks Energy Efficiency, Harms Creation
Contact Your Senator and Gov. Pence
We must all do our part if all Hoosiers are to enjoy the cost savings of energy efficiency. The Indiana House of Representatives has amended Senate Bill 340 to obliterate a statewide energy efficiency program, known as Energizing Indiana. Still in its infancy, this successful program has already created hundreds of jobs and saved energy.
Contact your Senator and Governor Pence by Monday, March 10, when Senate Bill 340 may come up for a vote. Tell them you oppose SB 340 in any form.
Find your Senator to send an email: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/legislators/
Senate Switchboard will be open during business hours Monday-Friday:
Call Governor Pence and ask him to veto SB 340 if it comes to his desk because it will harm God's creation and waste the Earth's resources: 317-232-4567. Send the Governor an email via this site: http://www.in.gov/gov/2333.htm
You might be interested in the following link: http://aceee.org/blog/2014/02/fast-tracked-opt-out-legislation-woul from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
You may also download a letter that shows growing business opposition to SB 340. It is directed to Governor Pence, but encourages his office to recommend that the bill’s sponsors consult with these job creators/sustainers before moving forward on the bill. These companies represent 10,000-plus manufacturing and efficiency jobs in Indiana. The bipartisan program was established by Governor Daniel’s administration. In the government sector (all levels of government), it has cut waste and saved money for taxpayers. Ending it will eliminate many direct and even more indirect jobs and substantial investment in Indiana (look at the detail within the letter). Finally, the following points are made:
• Energize Indiana’s benefits far outweigh its costs 2:1
• Energy Efficiency is the lowest-cost kilowatt-hour investment
• Role of industrial customers is crucial
It doesn’t make sense to decide to cut a successful, growing program while a required study takes place. This places (negative) action before study is completed, a reversal of common sense. Moving from Indiana’s regulatory requirement that all segments of energy user populations do their part in energy efficiency to the previous situation which depended on voluntary energy efficiency efforts would bring us back to a time when very little energy efficiency was taking place. Then, assuming decision-makers are convinced down the road that energy efficiency should be brought back would mean several years of lost benefits, and a lot of catching up to do with neighboring states.
Finally, it is ironic that, a couple of days ago, the highly divided U.S. House of Representatives found a way to agree on something: they passed, by a 375-36 margin, an energy efficiency package. What a world we live in!
Jack Hill, OSF, Chair, IGC Advocacy Team
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.