If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

You're Invited! Austin's Second-Annual Preach-Off on Climate Change

In February 2015, religious communities across the U.S. will participate in the national Interfaith Power & Light Preach-In on Climate Change. Clergy and lay leaders from many different traditions will highlight the importance of religious leadership on one of the most pressing challenges of our time. It’s one of Interfaith Power & Light’s most-beloved annual programs.

In Austin, we’re taking it up a notch.

MLK Day in Dallas - Religion and Climate: Multifaith Perspectives

Dallas Interfaith Power and Light invites you to a discussion about Religion and Climate on Monday evening, January 19th! Leaders from Buddhist, Muslim, and Jain traditions will offer their perspectives on climate change, and we'll have time for questions and conversation. Together, we'll explore how action on climate is as an act of faith--and here, on Martin Luther King Day, we'll focus on how climate change impacts people and is connected to other forms of justice work, including racial justice.

Lutherans Restoring Creation Team Invites You to Participate in the 2014 Eco Challenge

This October, the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod is participating in the EcoChallenge, and they invite you and your congregation to join them! For two weeks (October 15-29) you and your congregation will choose one action to reduce your environmental impact. The EcoChallenge website can help you choose a challenge (or create your own challenge) and log your progress over the two-week period. Here’s more from EcoChallenge:

“Congregations can form teams, but each individual, family, or other group can chose their own challenge after joining the team.  You can also sign up as an individual or a family or a group of friends without joining a team.  The Eco-Challenge is a competition, with points tallied and prizes at the national level to incentivize your active participation.”

San Antonio IPL | Teaming With Wildlife: The State of Nature in Texas | October 16, 2014

What: San Antonio Power and Light Teaming With Wildlife event
Where: Unity Church of San Antonio, 1711 W Lawndale Dr, San Antonio, TX 78209
When: October 16, 2014, 7-8:30PM

Austin Interfaith Environmental Network | Your Congregation CAN Go Solar! | October 7, 2014

Many of Austin's houses of worship would LOVE to protect Creation by installing solar panels, helping to meet their energy needs in a green, renewable way! Yet many of these same congregations have yet to take the plunge. If you belong to one of these "on the fence" communities, then you know that the best intentions can get bogged down in all kinds of confusing questions:

Texas Lutheran University Environmental Justice Symposium: Sept-Oct, 2014

The theme of Texas Lutheran University's annual Krost Symposium is "Environmental Justice: Texan Responses to Global Crises," and examines how people are impacted by their environment. All events will take place at Texas Lutheran University, 1000 West Court Street, Seguin, Texas 78155.

The symposium will take place in four segments:

  • September 3-4, 6
  • September 17-8, 29
  • October 8-9
  • October 27-28

Check out www.tlu.edu/krost for a full list of speakers and events for each segment.

Creation and Spirituality Event, September 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

From: San Antonio Interfaith Power & Light and Compassionate San Antonio

Primary Contact: Diane Duesterhoeft | dduesterhoeft@gmail.com | 210-254-0245

CREATION AND SPIRITUALITY: Awakening a Passion for the Environment in People of Faith

What do the major faiths teach us about our relationship with the earth?

On Tuesday, September 9, Dr. William Greenway, Associate Professor of philosophical theology at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will address this question from an open Christian perspective that focuses on values shared by Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and other great faith traditions of the world. A warm and engaging speaker, Dr. Greenway will allow ample time for questions and discussion on how people of faith can engage in meaningful care for the gift of creation.

The evening is presented by San Antonio Interfaith Power & Light and Compassionate San Antonio. It is being hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 DeZavala Road, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in anticipation of the upcoming Encyclical by Pope Francis on caring for creation. The evening is free and open to the public.

For more information on the sponsoring organizations, go to http://sacompassionnet.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/SanAntonioIPL.

The Clean Power Plan and Texas

The Clean Power Plan is a new EPA proposal for reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of carbon pollution these plants can pump into the air. The electric power sector is responsible for nearly 40 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in the United States.

The Clean Power Plan proposed rule would:

  • Reduce CO2 pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030;
  • Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and
  • Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

Watch the Energy Star Webinar Featuring Jerry Lawson Now!

Archived Energy Star Webinar Featuring Jerry Lawson Now Available.

Click "Read More" to watch the video stream now!

Original webinar post here.

2014 Memorial Day Tax-Free Weekend on Energy Efficient Products

Announcing 2014 Memorial Day Tax-Free Weekend on Energy Efficient Products

This Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to invest in reducing your energy use. ENERGY STAR announces Memorial Day sales tax exemption for select energy efficient items. Eligible products meet the energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The tax-free weekend begins Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. 

All qualifying products will be labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo. They include:

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