Extra, Extra! Read all about it! The following are media hits for California Interfaith Power and Light or one of the 38-state affiliate IPL’s.
Light of the World: SJ Churches Embrace Solar Power – 4. 20.2017 Stockton Record
At least 130 congregations statewide have embraced solar power, according to the California branch of Interfaith Power & Light. But there may be many more that the nonprofit organization, which promotes environmental sustainability as a tenet of faith and assists churches with making the transition, doesn’t even know about. “We have many congregations doing it and even more looking into it,” said Susan Stephenson, the group’s California director. “We get calls, probably weekly, from congregations wanting us to help them figure out financing, which is probably the biggest barrier.”
Green Jobs Fair is response to poverty, climate change – 3.29. 2017 – East Bay Times
“While the green tech sector is growing throughout California, it is not sufficiently inclusive,” writes Susan Stephenson, executive director of Interfaith Power and Light (IPL). “We still have far too many low-income people, young men and women of color, left behind. The fair presents opportunities for every skill level. Employers, contractors, entrepreneurs, and educators in the green economy will connect job seekers with prospects in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management, public transit, recycling, urban agriculture, slow food and clean tech.”
Oakland City Council Votes to Block Coal Shipments Through Port – KQED
Susan Stephenson, executive director of California Interfaith Power and Light, a group organized to address climate change, told the council that its 40 or so congregations in the city “are united in opposition to bringing coal into Oakland for export.”
ClimateMusic Project performs 6.7.16 – Pacific Church News
The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California, welcomed concert-goers by informing them that The Episcopal Church has a “deep and abiding commitment to climate change” and that “the arts are not separate from advocacy; rather, the two bond together to bring to reality the hopes and dreams of humanity. Additional welcomes were offered by Susan Stephenson, executive director of Interfaith Power and Light, and Shawn Rosenmoss, senior environmental specialist, San Francisco Environment.
California needs solar power – The Desert Sun 5.21.16
We must take on global warming today or our children will pay a heavy price tomorrow. Investing in cleaner, greener power is a much-needed down payment that will help secure California’s safety and prosperity.
Clergy Warn of Dangers of Coal 2.19.16 – Oakland Post
Dozens of Bay Area faith leaders, including representatives of Baptist, Jewish, Roman Catholic and Episcopal communities, gathered at the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, rallying against the prospect of transporting millions of tons of coal through Oakland to be shipped out of the former Army Base.
Berkeley: Forum to explore the role of faith in environmental activism 2.22.16 – Daily Democrat/Santa Cruz Sentinel
More than 130,000 petitions to preserve net metering delivered in California 1.28.16 – PV Magazine
A coalition of environmental, faith, business, consumer and labor organizations have joined solar advocates to deliver a record number of petitions to California regulators in support of the policy.
California’s Interfaith Community Unites for the Climate – 11.11.15 – Eden Keeper, nice overview of CIPL Cool Climate Interfaith Service and Awards on November 10 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Nice pix!
Obama, the Pope, and the President of China Are Teaming Up to Save the World – 09.23.15 – Mothers Jones, highlights efforts from world leaders to take challenge of climate change seriously and increase efforts at mitigation; includes quote by The Rev. Sally Bingham.
Democrats hopeful pope’s visit will end climate change denial in Congress – 09.22.15 – The Guardian, highlighting The Rev. Sally Bingham, renewed hope for action forward from climate change-resistant federal legislators.
Interfaith group holding workshop series on Laudato Si, the historic Encyclical of Pope Francis – 7.9.15 – Contra Costa Times, “The Alameda Interfaith Climate Action Network (a regional working group of the California Interfaith Power and Light) is sponsoring the study group series, which is open to people of all faiths.”
Pope’s encyclical on caring for Earth, the poor resonates: Rabbi Zoë Klein – 7.2.15 – LA Daily News, “As a member of California Interfaith Power & Light, we are also working with hundreds of other faith communities to address global warming as a moral issue. Recently several of our congregation’s Green Team members joined dozens of faith leaders from across the state in Sacramento to urge our elected representatives to cut carbon pollution and make clean energy more accessible to lower income California families.”
How the Pope Is Revving up Climate Action in LA’s Most Polluted Neighborhood – 7.1.15 – Yes Magazine, “When I started working on the issue of environmental protection at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, it did not stir the emotions as it does now,” says Allis Druffel, who spoke at the rally. “It is the hope of my colleagues and myself that Los Angeles Catholic churches and households will become real leaders in what Pope Francis is calling for in ‘Laudato Si’—to tackle the injustices of poverty, poor health, and poor economic situations while caring for all of creation, both of which go hand in hand.”
EPA urged to tighten ozone standards – 2.2.15 – LA Times, “Ann Rothschild, a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento, said she was appalled that some children in her region can’t play outside because of air pollution. ‘If a standard does not protect the most vulnerable among us — the children, the elderly and those with asthma — then it’s not protective enough,’ she said.”
Climate Action Unites California’s Faith Communities – 11.13.2014 – Eden Keeper’s Robyn Purchia shares stories from CIPL’s 2014 Cool Climate Awards
Prayers with Feet: Faith & Hope at the People’s Climate March – 10.27.14 Coverage of Interfaith Power & Light at September 2014 march
Clean the Air – 08.15.2014 – San Francisco Chronicle, CIPL Program Director, the Rev. Will Scott responds to threats to AB 32
Time for L.A. to embrace energy blessings of the sun: Opinion – 01.16.14 – Los Angeles Daily News, co-signed by Allis Druffel, CIPL staff member, makes faith case for Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to have 20 percent of its energy from solar power by 2020.
Health, environmental regulations needed in hydraulic fracturing – 09.11.13 – Capitol Weekly on-line, opinion piece by Rev. Sally Bingham in support of SB 4, Senator Fran Pavley’s fracking bill.
Climate change: What’s faith got to do with it? – 01.03.13 – Whittier Daily News, opinion piece by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel on intersection of climate change and action by the faith community. Monthly contribution for the “God’s Green Earth” series.
Climate Wishlist: What an Evangelical Climate Scientist and an Interfaith Renewable Energy Organizer Want for 2013 – 12.19.12 – Center for American Progress, interview with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and Rev. Sally Bingham, President of CIPL.
California weighs innovative community solar bill – 08.03.12 – SiliconValley.com, with a quote from Rev. Sally Bingham on SB 843
New Washington Boulevard School Holding Neighborhood Fair – 05.14.12 – Altadena Patch, gives an overview of neighborhood fair hosted by the Peace & Justice Academy, a CIPL member
San Diego Moving Planet 350 Rally – 09.24.11 – San Diego KUSI – short overview of climate rally, featuring interview with Allis Druffel, CIPL staff. CIPL was one of the organizers of this event, which included an Interfaith Panel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, San Diego.
Moving Planet 2011 Video – 09.24.11 – 350.0rg short video of a successful day of international climate action with over 2,000 events in 175 countries. San Diego’s Rally got a highlight at seconds 45 and 46
**God’s Original Energy Source – June 2011 – Photon USA article on houses of worship employing solar energy; features CIPL members Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland
**Working on it: Four California Groups that are Fighting for Good, Green Jobs – 04.15.11 – San Francisco Bay Guardian Online
**Religions Cooperate in Fighting Climate Change – 02.16.11 – Gilroy Dispatch
**Interfaith Power and Light – 02.01.11 – written by CIPL Steering Committee member Fr. John Coleman, S.J., on the blog for America magazine
**Will Los Angeles Leaders Stand Up for a Coal-Free City by 2020? – 12.07.10 – Greenpeace Blog, featuring action by many organizations, including CIPL, to urge LADWP to be coal-free by 2020
**”Can Faith Slow Climate Change?” – 11.30.10 – Scientific American. Featuring Rev. Sally Bingham
**”Second Baptist Wins Green Energy Award” – 11.16.10 – Santa Barbara Independent. Featuring Second Baptist Church, Santa Barbara recognition for Education.
**”Prop. 23 battle marks new era in environmental politics” – 11.04.10 – L.A. Times. Unprecedented coalition formed to defeat Prop 23
**”Faith leaders, industry leaders, Al Gore and Barack Obama: NO on Prop 23” – 10.22.10 – Climate Progress. Includes quote from Rev. Sally Bingham
**”California interfaith leaders: Vote no on Prop 23” – 10.21.10 – L.A. Jewish Journal. Includes quotes from Rev. Sally Bingham and Rev. Albert Cohen
**”Religious Leaders Urge Defeat of Proposition 23” – 10.21.10 – PR Newswire. Featuring CIPL’s Clergy Advisory Committee to Defeat Prop 23.
**O Magazine Article – California Interfaith Power and Light Founder and President, the Rev. Sally Bingham is featured in Oprah Winfrey’s Magazine, “O.”
**Top 10 Religious Environmental Saints: 09.02.10
**07.28.10: Rev. Sally Bingham on “Nature Deficit Disorder” in the Aspen Times
**07.23.10: CIPL highlighted as one of many organizations focused on defeating Prop 23
**07.07.10: Visiting Clergy to the Gulf Call Pollution a “Sin” – Times-Picayune
**05.01.10: “Renewal L.A.” event covered in Los Angeles Times
**01.27.10: Rev. Sally Bingham Profiled in Wall Street Journal
**12.01.09: YES! Magazine article featuring climate hero CIPL President Rev. Sally Bingham