2024 Cool Congregations Challenge Winners Announced!

Feb 21, 2024 | Blog

Celebrate the good news with Interfaith Power & Light as we honor some of the greenest congregations in the nation. The Cool Congregations Challenge winners once again prove that America’s faith communities lead the way as changemakers! We hope you are as inspired by these religious communities transforming their faith into healthy and sustainable actions as we are.

Every year we invite people of faith across the country to tell us what they’re doing in response to climate change by entering the Cool Congregations Challenge. Together the 125 congregations who applied this year are reducing emissions by 540 tons annually!

IPL acknowledges the excellent work of all applicants with a listing on our “Be the Change” webpage. Click “Be the Change” on our winners’ page to see the complete list of congregations that applied.

Thanks to a generous donor, we awarded the top winners in each of the 6 categories with $1,000 and 16 runner-ups with $500 each! 

There were so many inspiring stories that made the decision difficult for our expert panel of judges. We’re excited to announce our winners!

COMMUNITY INSPIRATION: All Saints Catholic Church, Syracuse, NY

COOL PLANNER: Cumming First United Methodist Church, Cumming, GA

ELECTRIC VEHICLE LEADER: Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, MN

ENERGY SAVER: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA

RENEWABLE ROLE MODEL: Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, MD

SACRED GROUNDS: Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN

And 16 awesome Runners Up!

Click here to read about the winners.

Our winners represent congregations of many different faith traditions that have come together around one common goal—to respond to climate change by reducing their carbon footprint. 

Challenge winners and runners-up have been awarded in six categories –  planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy, grounds, electric vehicles, and community inspiration. If your congregation has a project in this area completed in the last few years, consider applying for next year!

These six congregations are casting a vision for the kind of world in which they want to live and then carrying out that vision with practical actions that make a real difference in creating lasting solutions to climate change. Whether a small or large congregation, rural or urban, these projects demonstrate that when we work together, we can create positive change, save energy and money, and live out our calling to care for Creation.

Congratulations! to these congregations for their work and their inspiration to others in their communities.

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