Mission: The mission of The Regeneration Project is to deepen the connection between ecology and faith. Our Interfaith Power and Light campaign is mobilizing a religious response to global warming in congregations through the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation.
Results: Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today. The very existence of life -- life that religious people are called to protect -- is jeopardized by our continued dependency on fossil fuels for energy. Every mainstream religion has a mandate to care for creation. We were given natural resources to sustain us, but we were also given the responsibility to act as good stewards and preserve life for future generations.
We focus on tangible results in congregations -- putting our faith into action. This work includes educating congregations and helping them buy energy efficient lights and appliances, providing energy audits and implementing the recommendations, encouraging people to buy more fuel efficient vehicles and to drive less, supporting renewable energy development through "greentags," working on large-scale renewable energy installation projects such as rooftop solar and advocating for sensible energy and global warming policy.
Target demographics: Religious congregations. We are working to establish Interfaith Power & Light campaigns in every state.
Geographic areas served: 28 states | visit our website to find an IPL campaign in your state
Programs: National program expenditures funded our national campaigns and programs, from organizational support for state affiliates, to policy advocacy, to national educational campaigns. A few highlights were the climate march in dc, where hundreds of ipl-affiliated people joined the faith block and carried banners and signs proclaiming faith support for climate action; policy advocacy in support of the blms and epas methane emissions standards, our paris: were still in campaign to have congregations commit to the carbon cutting goals of the paris accord, and a new u. S. Solar directory of over 400 congregations utilizing rooftop solar, along with resources and recommended solar companies. In 2017 ipl earned over 950 news media mentions and increased our social media presence and reach by about 7%. We regularly communicated with over 86,000 people on our email list and 20,000 congregations.
the next largest portion of our program expenses was distributed in support grants to state affiliates. State ipls educated their congregations about global warming, facilitated congregations going green, and advocated for clean energy alternatives to coal, state climate policy, and stronger vehicle emissions standards
california interfaith power & light (cipl) educated its 700 member congregations about global warming and advocated for equitable and effective climate policies at the state level. Highlights of the year included a "cool climate awards" event honoring congregations for greening their facilities and engaging their communities in climate solutions, and a green jobs fair oakland. The fair was attended by over 80 job seekers and held at a historically black west oakland church. We also successfully advocated for the renewal of our states climate policy and stronger air quality regulations.
I am the Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, and it is such a pleasure to work with IPL. They help state affiliate chapters stay focused and coordinated, provide great programing, and help us with everything from fundraising to messaging, to connecting with the larger interfaith community.