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Take the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge!

It's time to enter the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge, a national contest to recognize “Cool Congregations” that are becoming energy efficient and sustainable role models within their communities.

All qualifying entries will receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing. In addition, cash prizes of $1,000 will go to winning contestants in each category:

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Grounds and Water Conservation
  • Engaging Congregants and Communities

Projects of any size completed between October 21, 2011 and October 18, 2012 qualify, and there's no fee to enter. Entries are due by October 18, 2011. The contest is brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light (IPL), a nonprofit organization working to inspire and support a religious response to global warming.

When you enter the Challenge, be sure to tell the story of why your project is special and the impact that it has had on your faith community, the community-at-large (if applicable), and on climate change. An estimate of carbon reduced, or projected to be reduced by the project, is strongly encouraged. Please include details of any obstacles that your team successfully negotiated, and/or positive outcomes that are being enjoyed as result of the project. And don't forget to include a picture!

For more information and to enter the Challenge, please visit: