Oregon Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL) engages the faith community to strive for accountability in our individual and collective energy decisions in an interdependent world. Our vision is a rich, abundant life for all creation rooted in renewable resources for a society moving into a post-fossil fuel era. The principles guiding our vision include justice, equality, compassion and respect for the sacredness of Earth.
OIPL realizes its vision through:
• Compelling models of low-carbon facilities and lifestyles.
• Workshops on energy efficiency and conservation for congregations.
• Grassroots advocacy for global warming solutions, policies and initiatives.
• A cool congregation program to reduce carbon footprints.
• Opportunities for theological and spiritual reflection.
For more information about OIPL, call (503) 221-1054.
This year we have been blessed with the challenge of raising $6,000 entirely from individuals, congregations and businesses, thanks to a match grant from The Regeneration Project. Your support is needed now as we build a strong foundation of grassroots support key to the mission of engaging Oregon's faith community in climate solutions and providing leadership on the ethical dimensions of energy and climate change. The match deadline is January 2017.
There are a number of ways that you can show your support.
- Give a one time gift to support our work (donate securely online now)
- Consider becoming a Partner for Climate Care (OIPL Partners) by providing monthly support for this important work. Sign up now.
- Put OIPL in the Outreach, Mission or Social Justice budget of your congregation.
- Host a Cool Harvest, low-carbon meal at your house or congregations with a free-will offering to OIPL.
Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation
"Central Lutheran Cools Sanctuary and the Planet"
"Synagogue Enlightens Members and Community on Energy Efficient Lighting and Light Bulb Recycling"
"A Natural Sanctuary: St. Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, Manzanita"
"Green Building Case Study: First Unitarian Church of Portland"
"Friends remodel includes green practices," Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
"Holy Redeemer Goes Green: New Science and Media Center"
"First Congregational UCC, Ashland"
"Congregation Neveh Shalom"
"Dharma Rain Zen Center, Portland, Goes Solar"
"Solar Energy Powers Temple's Eternal Light"
"Peace Lutheran Church: Pioneers in Oregon grid-tied solar!"
Oregon Interfaith Power & Lights' "Faith and Fossil Fuels Initiative" aims to educate and mobilize Oregon's faith community around environmental justice, health and climate threats posed by fossil fuel transportation and fossil fuels export terminals planned for the Pacific Northwest. Turning our beautiful region in to a "carbon corridor" is out of alignment with our vision of "Shalom for All Creation." Joining with other groups and organizations, we will engage the faith community in policy and civic engagement opportunities around fossil fuel transportation and terminals. We are sharing stories of how people are affected on the frontlines, developing faith resources for action and reflection, and providing a faith voice on the issues.
For more information or to get involved, call (503) 221-1054.
Fossil Fuel Export Infrastructure: A Call to a Higher Road for the Pacific Northwest
Fossil fuel export is an issue that will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest and on climate change. On Dec. 9, 2015, the Board of Directors of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon voted to issue a letter calling for a halt to the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest (read letter). The letter comes just as many public input processes for start for permitting of several of the proposed projects. The letter calls upon all cities, state governments and port authorities of the Pacific Northwest to follow the lead of Portland City Council in calling for a halt to building new fossil fuel export facilities.
EMO Board Resolution on Coal Exports
On Sept. 19, 2013, the EMO Board produced a resolution calling for a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement on coal exports in the Northwest. Read the resolution.
Oregon Interfaith Power & Light is offering resources and information on fossil fuel divestment and updates on what Oregon congregations and denominations are doing. View Resources.
Carbon Calculator: How Cool Is Your Congregation? Find out at CoolCongregtions
Calculate your congregation’s carbon footprint at www.CoolCongregations.com, an online calculator designed especially for houses of worship. It goes beyond energy to consider the impact of land use, recycling and more. (OIPL is pleased to have contributed to the development of this tool.) In addition, the Cool Congregations Carbon Checklist and Action Menu provides a checklist of items that contribute to your carbon—and overall environmental—footprint with concrete actions to reduce your footprint. It is intended to be used after your congregation determines its carbon footprint using the online calculator.
Energy Trust Offers Audits and Incentives to Congregations: If your congregation is in the territory of PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas, your energy efficiency upgrades may qualify for incentives on heating, lighting and kitchen equipment. They also provide energy audits. View more information.
Weatherize for Good: Help members of your congregation care for God's creation by improving home energy efficiency. Download Weatherize for Good flyers to hand out at your congregation and encourage members to save energy and money. Energy efficiency in your congregation facility is important, but if all the members in your congregation improved the energy efficiency of their homes by 15 percent or more, the collective impact would be even greater. weatherizeforgood.org
“ShopIPL” for Energy Efficient Products:
Looking for great prices on high-quality, energy efficient products like light bulbs and thermostats for your home or house of worship? Visit ShopIPL.org, the online energy-efficiency store for congregations and their members. Your congregation can buy products like compact fluorescent light bulbs in bulk, members can order products for their own homes and businesses through the congregation, and youth groups or other groups can sell energy efficient products for fundraisers. Individuals also can purchase directly from the website.
Northwest Climate Connections - climatesolutions.org/nw-states.
A Liturgy of Repentance in a World with Changing Climate
Sequential Biofuels - www.sqbiofuels.com
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy - aceee.org
Bonneville Power Administration - www.bpa.gov/Energy/N/
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network - www.eere.energy.gov
Energy Star Program of U.S. EPA (Energy Star Congregations) - www.energystar.gov
Oregon Department of Energy - Oregon.gov/ENERGY, (800) 221-8035. Information about renewable energy, energy efficiency and Oregon's energy tax credit program.
Energy Trust of Oregon – www.energytrust.org. 1-866-368-7878. Provides energy efficiency programs and renewable energy programs to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Cascade Natural Gas, Avista and NW Natural. It is an independent, public purpose organization dedicated to sustainable energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. The organization provides energy audits to homes, businesses and congregations.
Faith Based Organizations
Coalition on Environment and Jewish Life - www.coejl.org/climatechange/index.php
Interfaith Power and Light - interfaithpowerandlight.org
Environmental Building News - www.buildinggreen.com
Portland Office of Sustainable Development - www.portlandonline.com/osd/
The Rebuilding Center - www.rebuildingcenter.org
U.S. Green Building Council - www.usgbc.org
NW Energy Coalition - www.nwenergy.org. An alliance of more than 100 Northwest organizations who promote development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer protection, low-income energy assistance and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
American Solar Energy Association - www.ases.org
American Wind Energy Association - www.awea.org
Bonneville Environmental Foundation - www.b-e-f.org
National Wind Coordinating Committee - www.nationalwind.org
Renewable Northwest Project - www.rnp.org
Solar Oregon - www.solaroregon.org
Solar Access -
Better World Club - www.betterworldclub.com An Environmentally Friendly Auto club! There are now many choices you can make about a variety of products and services that benefit the environment. Better World Travel is an example of an Oregon company that is providing a positive alternative to AAA. It is a socially responsible auto club providing 24-hour nationwide roadside assistance, travel and insurance services.
Drive Less/Save More Campaign - www.drivelesssavemore.com Beat high gas prices and save time on the road with Oregon's and southwest Washington's only one-stop-shop for driving tips and resources. DriveLessSaveMore.com offers great resources on travel savvy practices like trip chaining, or combining your personal errands, and using travel options like public transit, carpooling, biking, walking and more.
Windows to the Universe (NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research)
General site. View the climate section of the site.
IPCC assessment -
Especially recommend for the lay person is the summary section for policy makers in the scientific basis report.
In the Pacific Northwest, the impact of global warming on snowmelt is very important. Here are some sites specific to snow, ice and climate change in the Pacific Northwest and globally:
Global Outlook for Snow and Ice (UNEP - United Nations Environmental Program)
National Snow and Ice Data Center - There is a lot of technical information, but they do have an education section aimed more at the general public.
Mt. Rainier and Climate Change
Glacier Change in the Upper Skagit River Basin