Every year the Cool Congregations Challenge celebrates the hard work being done by congregations across the county who are addressing global warming by reducing their carbon footprint and by becoming inspirations to their members and communities.
The Cool Congregations Challenge shows that people of faith are united by concerns about climate change and are taking action – with or without the support of government policies. The winners provide strong moral role models for their communities, and their activities have a ripple effect with people in their own homes.
Interfaith Power & Light is pleased to announce the inspiring five winners of the 2017 Cool Congregations Challenge in the following categories: Community Inspiration, Energy Saver, Renewable Role Model, Sacred Grounds Steward, Cool Congregation Planner.
The winners are:
- Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Maryland
- Congregational Church in Cumberland, Maine
- Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood, New York
- Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, Missouri
“The Cool Congregations Challenge winners inspire and show us what is possible. We awarded Catholic Sisters for creating sustainable farms in New York, a church in North Carolina that rallied 15 other churches to work together to weatherize low-income homes, and a synagogue in Maryland that swapped out 477 light fixtures. These winners are creating jobs, saving money, and saving creation. There were dozens of excellent applications, but the five winners really stand out for the creativity and impact of their projects.” – Reverend Sally Bingham, founder and president of Interfaith Power & Light
You can read their stories here.
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