The Cool Congregations Challenge
is an annual national contest to recognize “Cool Congregations” that are becoming energy-efficient and sustainable role models within their communities. The contest is brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit organization inspiring and mobilizing people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate. There are no fees to enter. The deadline for entries is December 15. Get ready to enter the Challenge!
Due to Covid, the project eligibility window has been expanded again for 2023. Projects completed in 2020, 2021, and 2022 will be eligible to apply. Deadline Dec 15, 2022, awards announced in February 2023.
Read more about the Challenge here.
NEW! Electric Vehicle Leader category for congregations that have encouraged EV adoption. This category includes: EVs (Congregants and Staff) • Congregational EV Charging Stations • Outreach • Educating and Advocating for EVs. (Includes all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and electric bikes. If your congregation is working on reducing transportation emissions through public transportation or carpooling, apply to the Community Inspiration category.)
Six entry categories:
COOL CONGREGATIONS PLANNER
Audits • Planning Reports • Fundraising
Lighting • Insulation
• Windows & Doors • Heating & Cooling Systems
RENEWABLE ROLE MODEL
Solar • Wind
• Solar Water Heating
SACRED GROUNDS STEWARD
Native Landscaping • Organic Gardening • Water Conservation • Bike Racks • Wildlife Habitats • Recycling & Composting
This includes congregations that inspire congregants to save energy at home. It also includes congregations helping their communities transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and to become more resilient and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE LEADER
EVs (Congregants and Staff) • Congregational EV Charging Stations • Outreach • Educating and Advocating for EVs
(Includes all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and electric bikes. If your congregation is working on reducing transportation emission through public transportation or carpooling, apply to the Community Inspiration category. If your congregation has made concrete plans including fundraising plans, but have not yet implemented your project, apply to the Cool Planner category.)