Be a Cool Congregation

From Interfaith Power and Light (

Today, people around the globe are celebrating World Environment Day, and this year’s focus is on building a green economy. IPL congregations are already participating in the green economy by retrofitting their facilities to save energy, putting solar panels on their rooftops, planting organic gardens, and conserving water. That’s why today is a great time to invite you to learn about our 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge.

Request your free instant guide about how to participate at Even if your congregation has already done a lot, I guarantee you’ll learn something new. And if you’re considering how to begin saving energy, it will provide simple ways to get started.

Every year, I am inspired by the stories of creative and innovative “cool congregations” that have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprints — from weatherization work parties to installing new solar panels.

The winner in each of the four entry categories will receive a cash prize and all congregations who successfully complete the Challenge will receive a beautiful certificate recognizing their achievement.

The categories are energy efficiency, renewable energy, grounds and water conservation, and inspiring congregants to lower their energy use at home.

The complimentary Cool Congregations Guide includes:

  • What is the Cool Congregation Challenge?
  • Project ideas & stories for inspiration
  • Entry guidelines
  • Printable “Green Team” flyer
  • 25 things to do under $25
  • 25 things to do over $25

I hope that in honor of World Environment Day you will join the global green movement and learn how to take the Cool Congregations Challenge today — for the sake of Creation, the climate, and future generations.

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