Mission & History

The mission of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light (Iowa IPL) is to inspire and equip people of faith to become leaders finding solutions to climate change.

Iowa IPL is a statewide organization mobilizing the religious community to become leaders in the movement for climate action through education, assistance with carbon footprints reductions, and advocacy for sustainable energy policies. We work with over 300 congregations and have over 2,000 individuals receiving our monthly e-newsletter.

Sarah Paulos with fellow IPL colleagues at the 2018 US Climate Action Network gathering.

Founded in 2006, Iowa IPL is a part of the national Interfaith Power & Light movement. We connect, empower and equip people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds to take action and join the growing movement to solve climate change.

Our most prominent program, Cool Congregations, was developed here in Iowa and now serves as a model for other state affiliates. Our Cool Congregations program has trained representatives of over 275 congregations statewide to activate their care for creation by helping members calculate and reduce their household energy use by roughly 10% per year.

Our second program, Food, Faith, and Climate, teaches participants how their food choices impact climate change and how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions.

We launched our newest program in 2016. The Good Life Redefined explores how materialism and over-consumption contributes to climate change and encourages participants to redefine what it means to live a good life by reducing our impact on the environment.

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