Testing air pollution in a gas-burning kitchen, St. Mark’s Capitol Hill

Educational Programs

We look to our congregations for guidance and community in living the good life. Our educational programs can help your community engage folks directly in discerning and doing their part in working for climate justice and sustainability.

Lent, Ramadan, Omer Calendars

We work with partners each year to produce calendars that offer climate teachings for each day of Lent, Ramadan, and the counting of the Omer for our Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities. All three calendars are designed to be downloaded and photocopied double-sided for distribution in congregations.

* The Lent calendar is available in both English and Spanish.

Climate in the Pulpits
                 on the Bimah
                 in the Minbar

    in the Pulpits
    on the Bimah
    in the Minbar

Each fall we invite pastors, rabbis, imams, and other clergy in congregations across the region to raise up creation care and climate justice as part of their addresses at weekly services and through other learning programs.

Join our list to be notified when it’s time to sign-up your congregation to to arrange a speaker and receive ready-to-use resources, bulletin inserts, and sermon helpers — or contact us any time for help planning special climate programs or guest preachers year round.

Measuring Gas Pollution

Together with our partners in WIN, AIM, and the Sierra Club, we’ve been helping communities across our region measure methane leaks in our neighborhoods and nitrogen oxide from gas-burning in our kitchens.

Read more about our findings, and our work to begin turning away from burning, here.

Home Energy Workshops

Save Energy at Home

Are you a homeowner? Chances are that professional weatherization could save you 15-35% in home heating costs!

Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) can partner with Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore or LEAP-VA to bring energy education workshops to the homeowners in 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.

In particular, you’ll 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 LEAP-VA or Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore, two local organizations that are working to help homeowners save energy and create good green jobs at the same time.

IPL has brought such Home Energy Workshops to groups of hosting congregations in several neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Shepherd Park, Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Chinatown, Columbia, Columbia Heights, Alexandria, Arlington, Germantown, Silver Spring, and Baltimore.

To host a home energy workshop, contact: operations @ ipldmv.org