• 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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Recent News

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.

2014 is our…

Green leaders in congregations are the heart and hands of the work we do, and we’re committed to supporting and celebrating that good work this year. So we’re calling 2014 — our tenth anniversary year — the Year of the Green Sheep! Here’s what’s coming up:

Monthly Webinars

We’re gathering the local green leader community each month online for a training on a community organizing skill or a green initiative. Expect a a unique time to “meet”, hear from, ask questions of, and connect with green leaders.

Upcoming webinar:
Introduction to Transformational Resilience
Living in a warming world is hard and trying to address the climate crisis in our congregations can sometimes be a dispiriting business.

Interfaith Power & Light-DMV is proud to offer our community a special webinar on transformational resilience so that together, we can continue to respond and act from a compassionate, hopeful, and spiritually-rooted place.

This webinar will be guided by Bob Doppelt, well-known thinker and writer on sustainability and Executive Director of the Resource Innovation Group.

In this webinar, you will:
practice simple mindfulness techniques to help you respond to stress
learn the neurobiology behind climate-induced trauma
leave refreshed and inspired to turn climate adversity into a catalyst for our individual and collective well-being
Please join us as we build resilience that will lead to transformation in our congregations, our communities, and our world.

Register for the “Introduction to Transformational Resilience” webinar here: https://trig-cli.webex.com

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:
Thursday, July 24 at Northside Social Coffee & Wine, 3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22201

Email Elizabeth 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