South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light (SCIPL) is the states' only organization addressing climate change and environmental justice by engaging houses of worship.
SCIPL connects communities of faith throughout SC to address and implement solutions to the environment crisis. It offers energy consultations, guidance and funding for energy upgrades, and resources for advocacy and action to communities of faith, while promoting interfaith harmony and cooperation. Major initiatives include our Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge (CEEC) and our Faith Leader's Civic Engagement Academy.
The CEEC launched in 2018 to engage communities of faith and facilitate energy efficiency upgrades such as weatherization, HVAC, and lighting to their houses of worship. We prioritize partnering with churches disproportionately affected by high energy costs. Upgrades reduce the house of worship’s energy expenses and carbon footprint.
Last month, the second cohort graduated from Civic Engagement Academy, held in partnership with SC Office of Minority Affairs and SC Audubon. The academy educates faith leaders about civic processes like how to identify and communicate with local representatives, how to engage in coalition building, and how to address community needs through civic engagement.
SCIPL also engages in year-round environmental justice education. This year, SCIPL is hosting a five-part Faith, Climate and Health series and a webinar, Energy and Your House of Worship.
Funding will allow SCIPL to build on our recent programming successes, reach more houses of worship across the state, and incite collective action for environmental justice.