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placeholder April 27, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA
Local parishes join coalition to promote
energy efficiency and sustainability

Several parishes in the Oakland Diocese as well as religious congregations and schools of theology have joined the California Interfaith Power and Light coalition to respond to global warming through promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy in their churches and among their members.

CIPL, established in 2001, has a goal of activating all 50,000 of California’s congregations to become involved in environmental stewardship. Numerous Catholic parishes across the state have already joined the coalition.

Members are asked to sign a congregational covenant that pledges them to the following:

• Educate their congregations on energy productions and usage in relation to global warming.

• Conduct an energy audit to identify sources of energy waste and the potential financial savings of energy-related improvements.

• Make energy-efficient improvements to their congregation’s buildings.

• Utilize renewable energy by purchasing green power, installing solar panels or contributing to a wind turbine fund.

• Analyze, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions with the goal of becoming a non-polluting congregation.

• Support public policies that contribute to the covenant’s goals.

Parishes involved in CIPL’s covenant include the Cathedral of Christ the Light, St. Augustine, Oakland; St. Francis of Assisi, Concord; St. John the Baptist, El Cerrito; St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo; St. Joan of Arc, San Ramon. Also participating are the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, the Justice and Peace in Creation office of the Franciscan Friars, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, the Sisters of the Holy Names, Sisters of the Presentation, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

 
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