Go Green

Save Energy in Your Congregation

Light Switch Reminders

Order a set of light switch reminders for your congregation or home. (Set of 15 for $10, which includes postage)  We currently offer:

“We care for Creation.”
Nos preacupamos por la Creacion.”
“We care for the Earth.”
Lo tashchit/Don’t waste.” (Jewish)
“Be mindful of the Light.” (Quaker)
“Practice Earth Ethics.” (Ethical Culture)
Bismillah-hir-rahman-arrahim/In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful” (Islamic)
“So powerful is the light of unity…” (Baha’i)
“Honor the seventh principle.” (Unitarian Universalist)
“Be a lamp unto yourself.” (Buddhist)

Suggestions welcome for adapting these sacred reminders to additional religious traditions! To order or make suggestions, email program[at]gwipl[dot]org.


The Interfaith Coalition on Energy

The Interfaith Coalition on Energy guides congregations to use measurably less energy, to purchase energy at lower cost, and to anticipate and prevent problems with mechanical and electrical systems within their buildings. Members’ mutual goal is to create money for community service while practicing environmental stewardship.

Check out these articles for great resources for congregations regarding heating and cooling, energy bills, energy audits, building management, and more!


New Generation Energy

Interfaith Power and Light (MD•DC•NoVA) is partnering with an organization, New Generation Energy, that has recently expanded its work from Boston to include the DC area. New Generation enables congregations to publicize, and collect donations for specific energy-saving projects on their buildings. New Generation Energy also provides generous matching funds that multiply the impact of donors’ contributions.

You could be a good match for this opportunity if…

— Your congregational building has had a professional energy audit.

— Your congregational building has specific recommendations from the audit, and a sense of what those improvements would cost and how much energy they would save.

— Your congregation’s energy-efficient project would cost $5,000 – $20,000 after any national, state, or county incentives.

Please contact Joelle Novey at joelle@gwipl.org if you are interested in participating.


Energy Star for Congregations

The “Energy Star for Congregations Guide: Putting Energy into Stewardship” [pdf] is a free download with energy-saving advice tailored to congregations. In addition, Energy Star’s free “Portfolio Manager” software can be used to track energy use in congregational buildings, and to qualify your congregation for the Energy Star for Congregations certification.



Find Energy-Saving Products at Our Online Store

Your source for discounted energy efficiency, water conservation, and weatherization products for use at your congregation or at home: ShopIPL.org





Energy Conservation Resources for Congregations from GreenFaith

Read or download Twelve Priority Measures to save energy in religious institutions.

Watch a three-part webinar series on energy conservation in religious institutions from GreenFaith, with EPA’s Energy Star for Congregations Office.