• Rev. Kip Banks, Sr., East Washington Heights Baptist Church
  • Rev. Scott Benhase. Above, Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson blesses rooftop solar panels, St. Alban's Episcopal Church
  • Nadia Janjua, DC Green Muslims. Above, Julie Bruns, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, testifies against a proposed coal plant.
  • Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Keiner. Above, Rev. Rob Hardies blesses bikes (and riders) at All Souls Church, Unitarian.
  • Members of Tikkun Leil Shabbat and DC Green Muslims discuss the film <em>Renewal</em>
  • Director Joelle Novey. Members of local congregations at a vigil on the National Mall.

Our Mission

is to help hundreds of congregations of all faiths across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change.

We Are

part of a network of Interfaith Power & Light groups across the country.


we are building a national religious response to the climate crisis.

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Join Our Clean Energy Buying Group for Homes!

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Join the program that is making a difference!

Caring folks who pay an electricity bill to Pepco, BGE, or Potomac Edison have the opportunity to choose where their electricity comes from, but navigating the many suppliers can be overwhelming. Our clean energy buying group in partnership with Groundswell Energy provides a vendor-neutral process that uses our collective buying power to negotiate the best prices for 100% clean energy.

Last spring, over 1,100 people in DC and Maryland bought 100% clean energy for their homes and apartments. This fall’s your chance to join them.

Interested in joining? Sign up now to receive information about this fall’s clean energy buying group!

Interested in spreading the word at your congregation?  Email karen@gwipl.org to request someone from Interfaith Power & Light to come give a presentation or table during fellowship hour!

Support Strong Safeguards on Climate Pollution!

EPA carbon standards moral-obligation-01Existing power plants are our country’s single greatest source of the climate pollution that is threatening our communities and hurting our neighbors, here in the mid-Atlantic and around the world.

On June 2, the EPA released the first-ever draft standards to limit this pollution. If implemented and carried out, these standards would cut carbon emissions from industrial power plants by a sizable 30% by 2030 from 2005 emission levels. However, big polluters are expected to fight hard to weaken these safeguards and evade any responsibility to care for the well-being of our world.

We need to let the EPA know that the faith community will stand strong in support of these safeguards. Can you volunteer to bring comment cards to your congregation and raise our collective voice to limit carbon pollution?

Ensuring these safeguards take place is one of the most important things we can do right now to protect the climate and honor all of Creation. Please fill out this form and let your congregation know about this crucial opportunity to show love for our neighbors and speak out for justice. We’ll send you everything you need to set up a postcard-signing table at your congregation.

Questions? Email Elizabeth at program@gwipl.org.

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Office Hours

Whether you’ve just started taking leadership at your congregation or you’re well into a decade of hard work, we want to help with whatever project you’re implementing or whatever problem you’re facing. Spend time 1-on-1 in person or by phone with our director, Joelle, who brings years of experience helping green leaders work with their congregation.

Upcoming office hours:
Wednesday, October 29th
Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Email Maria at program@gwipl.org to book a time with Joelle now!

Host a free Home Energy Workshop in your congregation

Through partnerships with Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore and LEAP-Virginia, we can bring our popular and practical home energy workshops to your congregation.

Learn how you can save energy, help create green jobs, and shrink your carbon footprint at the same time!

We’ll reflect on our own responsibility as people of faith to consider the impact of our electricity use.

Your community will have a chance to hear the story of how our electricity is made, to explore practical steps for saving energy in your home, and about Groundswell, Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore, or LEAP-Virginia, local organizations that are working to help homeowners save energy and create good green jobs at the same time.

To schedule a home energy workshop at your congregation:

In the Baltimore area, programassociate@gwipl.org
In Northern Virginia, program@gwipl.org