Meet the 2013 Cool Congregations Challenge Winners

Congregations Model Climate Solutions April 17, 2014 – As the world prepares to celebrate Earth Day, religious institutions in the U.S. have kicked their activism into high gear, modeling climate solutions and stewardship of Creation in dozens of inspiring projects. The Cool Congregations Challenge, an annual contest by Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) to recognize […]

Cool Planner Winner

2013 Cool Congregation Challenge Cool Planner Winner St. Andrew’s School Student-led Energy Audit Middletown, DE The students and staff of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Middletown, Delaware, guided an impressive energy audit on half of its school buildings in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint by 18%. The school is presently implementing 4 […]

Energy Saver Winner

2013 Cool Congregation Challenge Energy Saver Winner Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Adopt-a-Light Overland Park, KS “Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the […]

Community Inspiration Winner

Community Inspiration Winner Red River Unitarian Universalist Church Texoma Earth Day Festival Denison, TX Red River Unitarian Universalist Church (RRUU) Green Team hosts an annual educational environmental festival called the Texoma Earth Day Festival that is helping to inspire the surrounding community on the border of Texas and Oklahoma to save energy and live more […]

Renewable Role Model Winner

2013 Cool Congregation Challenge Renewable Role Model Winner Temple Beth El Largest Solar Installation on a Congregation Stamford, CT “One generation goes and another generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” – Ecclesiastes 1:4 Temple Beth El in Stamford, Connecticut now has one of the largest installations of its kind on a house of worship […]

Sacred Grounds Steward Winner

2013 Cool Congregation Challenge Sacred Grounds Steward Winner All Peoples Lutheran Church Urban Greenhouse Project Milwaukee, WI “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce…. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it […]