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The Energy Future of Congregations


Interfaith Power & Light and its partners are hosting a Zoom webinar: Planning the Energy Future of your Congregation on February 21, 2023, at 10 a.m. PST.


"The webinar will address the importance of benchmarking or creating a snapshot of your facilities’ energy use to shape your congregation’s plan to cut energy costs and care for our Sacred Earth. This is the first step to making a plan to take advantage of federal funding for energy and resiliency improvements from the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that will be available later this year.


"Jerry Lawson, the National Manager of EPA’s Energy Star for Small Businesses and Congregations, will explain the EPA’s free energy tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, which is the gold standard in the field of energy tracking. The Islamic Center of Evansville in Indiana successfully utilized EPA's Portfolio Manager receiving the Energy STAR certification in 2021."


"For smaller congregations who prefer a simpler tool, Sarah Paulos, IPL’s Program Director, will explain IPL’s Cool Congregation carbon footprint calculator. Tom Hackley, from People’s Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, will share the congregation’s well-conceived plan for reaching zero carbon emissions by 2030, as an example of a congregation that has already made a plan. People’s Church is a Certified Cool Congregation that has already achieved a 20% reduction towards their 100% goal."


Find the recording of the December 2022 webinar, Federal Funding Resources for Nonprofits and Houses of Worship: An Overview, and other resources on IPL’s Resource page.

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