California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL) is honored to present this opportunity through sponsorship from the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE). We are seeking 10 congregations or faith-based community centers from San Francisco that are interested and prepared to work with us to minimize contributions to climate change. Over 18 months together, we’ll measure carbon footprints, set reduction goals and implement at least one targeted project such as appliance upgrades, insulating walls and windows or solar installations.
To apply, simply fill out this application to tell us about your community and your congregation’s interest in going green.
What you get:
– A start-up grant of $1,000 towards a project
– CIPL and SFE staff to provide technical assistance in measuring emissions and identifying free or low-cost measures to reduce your carbon footprint
– Priority access to the City’s programs and incentives
To become an inaugural Low Carbon Congregation you must:
– Demonstrate commitment to take actions that will result in significant emissions reductions by 2020
– Be excited to share the process within your community- Be willing to have your story shared and publicized, allowing us to inspire others to action
– Complete this brief application (estimate 7-10 min) by June 8, 2018.
Candidates will be selected on a rolling basis. (please note that you cannot save an unfinished form)
Selected congregations/organizations will be contacted by June 18 or before if additional information is needed.
Questions? Contact Liore Milgrom-Gartner at CIPL at 415.391.4214 or Liore@interfaithpower.org
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Direct Install Program: For congregations in LADWP territory, this utility offers a FREE assessment of your house of worship, and free energy- and water-efficiency measures. For more information, click here. This is an easy resource that can save you money!
**Check out Interfaith Power & Light’s Cool Congregations page for excellent resources that your congregation will benefit from. Read through this whole website. You will find especially nifty resources like:
**Congregational Carbon Calculator to measure your baseline energy use. Measure your energy usage before and after you implement energy-efficiency and conservation techniques to get a good idea of how much energy you have save. There’s even a carbon calculator for residences!
Go Styrofoam-free! After one cup of coffee at your congregation’s fellowship time, how many years will it take for a Styrofoam cup to degrade in a landfill? 500 years or more! Styrofoam comprises 25% of material in America’s landfills and 25 billion Styrofoam cups are used and disposed of in the U.S. annually! CIPL’s friends at the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese Creation Sustainability Ministry (CSM) say “NO!” to this practice. Require folks to bring a mug from home or, at least, use paper cups for coffee and let us know how many Styrofoam cups your congregation got rid of! Let Barb Barn of the CSM know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beautiful Earth will thank you!
Climate Change Lessons for Middle School Students
Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is California’s groundbreaking, first-in-the nation K-12 environmental education curriculum. It’s California State Board of Education-approved, teaches select California science and history/social science standards and helps support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Search for climate lessons across a wide range of environmental topics and grade levels.
Thinking about doing an audit on your congregation in preparation for energy efficiency retrofits and/or solar energy? You have several options: check with your local utility company to see if they provide audits (just call the number listed on your utility bill;) hire a professional auditor; or conduct a do-it-yourself audit. The latter is especially effective if you have an energy professional in your congregation. Please note that, depending on where you are located in the country, energy usage can vary depending on the time of season and weather patterns in your locale.
Free Energy- and Water-Efficiency Program for Households!
The Low-Income Weatherization Program assists regionally- and income-qualified households to obtain free energy- and water-upgrades. If your household is eligible, you will receive a call from a contractor to set up a home assessment, and be informed of the energy/water upgrades that can be installed. These upgrades will most likely lower your monthly bills, save energy, and make your home more comfortable. To see if you qualify, fill out this short form here. For more information, click here for a handy information sheet.
For more information, contact Allis Druffel at (310) 752-3436 or