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Thank You Sarah for 12 Years of Faith-Based Climate Action

Thank You Sarah for 12 Years of Faith-Based Climate Action

It is with deep regret that Iowa IPL must end the position of program and outreach coordinator on December 31. (See related story of Iowa IPL’s need to reduce staff.) Sarah Paulos has served in this position and in other programming roles as an employee and volunteer...

Realigning Our Work for 2019

We live in a time of great contradictions. As Iowa IPL invests in finding and implementing faith-based solutions to climate change, we’re working hard to find a path forward among competing efforts, limited resources, deeply held political positions, and conflicting...

Sisters of Charity Win Energy Saver Award

Sisters of Charity Win Energy Saver Award

  Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque won the runner up award in the national Interfaith Power & Light Cool Congregations contest last year in the Energy Saver category. Over the years they have improved the energy efficiency of their campus...

Iowa Success Stories

Urbandale UCC voted to take the first step of the Paris Pledge, committing to reduce the carbon pollution from its church building by 50 percent by 2030. It is the first congregation in central Iowa, and the first UCC church in Iowa to take this action. “Our church wants to make a public witness that the earth is God’s and the fullness thereof,” said church moderator Tom Rendon, echoing lines from Psalm 24. “We, as Christians, have a moral responsibility to those affected by rising sea levels and by the extremes of climate change – such as floods and forest fires. This is a religious act.”

Urbandale United Church of Christ

Urbandale, Iowa

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church has their fingers in the soil of two amazing garden projects to benefit the food insecure. Their church garden is located on Mary Purdy’s rural acreage. Mary is a member of St. Luke’s and helps tend the 5,000 square foot plot that has produced between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every year since 2010. St. Luke’s also a sponsors a wading pool garden project where they provide members of their community with a plastic wading pool, soil, seeds, plants, a trowels, and education on how to maintain the garden.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Dubuque, Iowa

Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year! Metro Community Church made the sustainable switch to reusable coffee mugs in order to better care for creation.  “God expects us to be good stewards of all of our resources,” says Pastor Rich Hendricks. When the congregation moved into their new building they decided they wanted to make their facility as environmentally responsible as possible within their budget. Along with making the switch to reusable coffee cups, they upgraded to a new, more efficient heating system and improved their lighting.

Metro Community Church

Davenport, Iowa

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