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About Interfaith Power & Light

Since the year 2000, IPL has partnered with thousands of congregations to address climate change by stewarding Creation

Our Mission

IPL inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

Our Vision

Interfaith Power & Light envisions a stable climate where humans live in right and just relationship, interconnected with a healthy, thriving, natural world.

Our History

The origins of Interfaith Power & Light began in the 1990’s, when Reverend Sally Bingham and Steve MacAusland founded Episcopal Power and Light (EPL) in California under the larger umbrella of the Regeneration Project, an interfaith organization dedicated to deepening the connections between ecology and faith. Rev. Bingham believed that if we are called on to love God and love our neighbor, then we don’t pollute our neighbor’s air.

EPL’s success with Episcopal churches in California led the Regeneration Project to take the campaign national and broaden it to all faith traditions. Rev. Sally Bingham and Steve MacAusland began to reach out to other states, helping them to start “Interfaith Power and Lights.” In 2000, California and Massachusetts interfaith formed as the first two state affiliates.

In 2006, IPL secured rights to screen the film An Inconvenient Truth in faith communities around the country which led to a huge increase in the organization’s national outreach. IPL expanded its federal advocacy work and many more affiliates began working on state policy, as the IPL network grew to have a presence in all 50 states. IPL has become a leading organization working in the faith community on climate solutions. Rev. Canon Bingham led the organization until 2018 when she retired. Rev. Susan Hendershot, who had led the Iowa Interfaith Power & Light affiliate for seven years, became the new President leading Interfaith Power & Light into its next stage of climate justice work with people of faith and conscience. The national IPL headquarters moved to Washington D.C. in 2023.

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, Founder and President Emeritus

Our Values

What we hold most sacred

Because we embrace faith and spirituality, we are grounded in the interconnectedness of the sacred, the natural world, and one another.

Because we embrace justice, we act with inclusion and respect, working in solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Because we embrace hope, we are empowered to live into our vision for the world for present and future generations.

Because we embrace courage, we speak with a prophetic voice to create equity and restore wholeness to all.

Because love is central to who we are, we are committed to ending the suffering caused by climate change.

We live this out by…

Inspiring and engaging...

individuals, families, and faith and local communities to embody spiritual and societal transformation by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions while building a new relationship with Earth.

Mobilizing...

people of faith and conscience to advocate for just and equitable climate solutions at the local, state, and national levels.

Working collaboratively...

with the IPL national network, diverse partner organizations, and marginalized communities.

Modeling shared leadership...

and decision-making within our organization and our partnerships.

Focusing on our common values...

broadly communicating the moral obligation to address the urgency of global warming.

IPL’s JEDI Statement

Interfaith Power & Light Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

Interfaith Power & Light is actively working to become an anti-racist organization. We believe that relationships must be centered in justice and equity within the human family, as well as with all of the natural world. We must strive together toward this sacred goal.

We bear this responsibility with integrity, insisting across our network that we do what is right, even when the path is not obvious or easy. As advocates for climate justice, we commit to working against systemic racism and anti-Blackness; ending both the historic disenfranchisement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and racially-rooted economic and health disparities; and dismantling structures of racial and economic marginalization and colonialism.

Our diverse religious and spiritual traditions call us to work for systemic change and a more just society that embraces differences based on religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and physical ability. The IPL network will address this with specific, often-updated commitments regarding internal processes, policy positions, diversity efforts, training, funding mechanisms, and more.

Together we will work to reverse paradigms of oppression of humans and the natural world as we build a thriving, inclusive, and equitable future on behalf of all who inhabit this good Earth.

-Adopted by Board of Directors on October 15, 2020

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