Sarah Paulos with Betty C. Andrews, President, Iowa-Nebraska NAACP at the Faith for Energy Equity workshop in Waterloo in August. Sarah has developed and led Iowa IPL’s programming for 12 years.

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 for the past 12 years. Her dedication to Iowa IPL is unparalleled. Her expertise, passion, creativity, and commitment have been a vital part of the success of Iowa IPL.

Sarah has touched so many lives across our state in helping Iowans find and implement faith-based solutions to climate change. For more than 12 years, she has been organizing people of faith to gather in church halls and basements with our three signature workshops: Cool Congregations; Food Faith and Climate; and The Good Life Redefined. The National Interfaith Power & Light took up Cool Congregations and has offered it across the country. In addition to developing these three, she invested her passion for equity and inclusion in a fourth program delivered in August: Faith for Energy Equity.

Anyone who attended one of Sarah’s workshops knows how talented she is at engaging participants throughout the workshop experience and sending them home with commitments to implement in their every-day lives. She combines education and action in ways that have transformed families, congregations, and communities. In her last month at Iowa IPL, she is working on packaging this programming in a way that people of faith can continue to use her work by downloading it from our website.

Others know Sarah through her work building up local chapters of Iowa IPL in Pella, Dubuque, and Iowa City in the past two years. Her passion for expanding the work of Iowa IPL is infectious.

In the past 12 years, Sarah has been a fundamental part of Iowa IPL’s success helping to grow our network to over 3000 supporters and participants.

I’ve only known Sarah since working with her during my transition into the position of executive director last Spring. She managed the four-month transition between Susan Hendershot’s departure to be president of national IPL and my arrival. She has been a tremendous support helping me get to know the Iowa IPL network. Her insights and contributions improved everything she looked at or worked on at Iowa IPL. My work is going to be much more difficult without being able to bounce ideas off of her. It has been a joy working with Sarah and learning from her.

Please reach out to Sarah and share your appreciation for the work she has done for Iowa IPL. You can email her directly at She continues to be fully committed to finishing up work this month and preparing the workshop resources she developed to be more self-directed from our website. We encourage you to help Sarah as she looks for a new leadership position as a community builder leveraging her sustainability, education, and managing skills. Networking is one of the best ways to find new opportunities. We trust the Iowa IPL network will be incredibly helpful to Sarah.

I speak for myself and the entire board in saying Sarah has our endorsement, as she looks for a new leadership position.