Sustaining Way would like to announce that we have assumed responsibility for South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light (SCIPL) as of January 1, 2017. We are excited about this new opportunity to have a positive impact on our state. While Sustaining Way will continue to serve the Nicholtown community and other communities through Annie’s House in Greenville, the SCIPL will work to educate and engage the faith community throughout the state of South Carolina to address climate change and bring about a sustainable and equitable future.
"Solar energy is a potential win/win for churches everywhere,” Elizabeth Scribner noted at a Diocesan Convention workshop. “Christians can help heal God’s creation while saving their churches money that would be better spent on ministries than utilities.”
As a member of the Diocesan Task Force for the Stewardship of Creation, I had the pleasure of introducing Elizabeth—who is also my wife—at the Task Force’s workshop on solar energy for churches. Elizabeth’s father, Sam Yates, our fellow parishioner at Cathedral Church of the Advent, founded Eagle Solar & Light in 2016 to provide solar energy and LED lighting to residences, businesses, nonprofits, and churches. While pursuing herPhD in Mathematics at UAB, Elizabeth serves as Eagle Solar & Light’s Technical Adviser.
Each year Interfaith Power & Light selects congregations from across the country for achieving sustainability goals. Here are the 2016 winners.
Community United Church of Christ (CUCC) took to heart the mission of making the world a better place. They did this in two ways:
- Installing solar panels to reduce the church’s own carbon footprint and
- Helping those in their community most impacted by climate change to weatherize their homes.
U.S. Jesuits, Red Cloud Indian School and St. Francis Mission Call Dakota Access Pipeline Decision “Morally Unacceptable”
The Jesuits of the U.S., together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision to issue an easement allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a direct response to President Trump’s January 24 Presidential Memorandum urging the Army Corps to expedite the review and approval process.
GIPL is excited to announce the 16 congregational recipients of our Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grants. This grant cycle was one of our most competitive, with 21 applications received and over $140,000 in requests! The $55,000 in matching grants will go towards projects across Georgia aimed at reducing energy bills and carbon emissions. More than 50% will fund LED lighting upgrades, and almost 25% will fund installing attic insulation. Look for future blog posts highlighting each faith community!