December 5 – Coming Together for Clean Energy: CIPL staff and faith advocates came together at Providence Baptist Church in Bayview-Hunters Point to hear the about ways that congregations and households could lower their energy use. Representatives from PG&E, San Francisco Department of the Environment, SunPower Corp and RE-volv gave valuable information on rebates, incentives and solar energy and financing. Providence Baptist Church was the winner for Energy Efficiency at November’s 2013 energy Oscars. If you’re in the Bay Area and wan to follow-up on energy savings in your household or congregation, , contact Greg Bedard (415) 391-4214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 19 – Community in Action: Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church, a CIPL member, was the site of a community event focused on improving air quality and decreasing the effects of climate change. Rather than merely informative, this event emphasized practical action and community organizing on issues that are having, and will continue to have, an all-too-real impact on people’s lives.
Organizations committed to a healthier future were present, including Coalition for Clean Air, Environmental Defense, and Moms Clean Air Force. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power was also present, updating folks on the latest incentives and rebates for energy-efficiency measures in the home.
Speakers included Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director of Climate Resolve, who gave an overview of climate change science, particular regional effects in the Los Angeles County area, and ways that folks can take action to make their voice heard to legislators. Three seniors from (school) talked about their school’s environmental initiative and their hope that they may serve as an example to other schools. Kelley Chatman, daughter of Pastor Rev. Chatman at Community Missionary, and an activist in her own right, gave an inspirational talk about the importance for everyone, especially young people to be involved in reducing waste and saving energy.