Oregon Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL), a project of EMO, engages the faith community to strive for accountability in our individual and collective energy decisions in an interdependent world.
Our vision is a rich, abundant life for all creation rooted in renewable resources for a society moving into a post-fossil fuel era. The principles guiding our vision include justice, equality, compassion and respect for the sacredness of Earth.
Oregon Interfaith Power & Light realizes its vision through grassroots advocacy for climate change solutions, policies and initiatives, and by providing opportunities for theological and spiritual reflection.
Energy-Saving Resources for Congregations
The Cool Congregations Carbon Checklist and Action Menu provides a checklist of items that contribute to your carbon—and overall environmental—footprint with concrete actions to reduce your footprint. It is intended to be used after your congregation determines its carbon footprint using the online calculator.
Energy Trust Offers Audits and Incentives to Congregations: If your congregation is in the territory of PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas, your energy efficiency upgrades may qualify for incentives on heating, lighting and kitchen equipment. They also provide energy audits. View more information.
“ShopIPL” for Energy Efficient Products: Looking for great prices on high-quality, energy efficient products like light bulbs and thermostats for your home or house of worship? Visit www.energyfederation.org, the online energy-efficiency store for congregations and their members. Your congregation can buy products like compact fluorescent light bulbs in bulk, members can order products for their own homes and businesses through the congregation, and youth groups or other groups can sell energy efficient products for fundraisers.
What Congregations Are Doing
Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation
"Central Lutheran Cools Sanctuary and the Planet"
"Synagogue Enlightens Members and Community on Energy Efficient Lighting and Light Bulb Recycling"
"A Natural Sanctuary: St. Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, Manzanita"
"Green Building Case Study: First Unitarian Church of Portland"
"Friends remodel includes green practices," Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
"Holy Redeemer Goes Green: New Science and Media Center"
"First Congregational UCC, Ashland"
"Congregation Neveh Shalom"