Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana is one of  Six National Runners Up in Interfaith Power and Light Cool Congregations Annual Award for Leadership and Sustainability.

OAKLAND, Calif., February, 2020 — Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods is one of the six national Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) 2020 Cool Congregations Challenge runners up. The annual contest accepts applications from religious congregations around the United States who are doing work to address global warming by reducing their carbon footprint as they create models of sustainability within their communities. 

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods earned their award for Community Inspiration. They collected pledges from the community at large to the Providence Climate Agreement of those taking action to reduce emissions totaling 1275 tons annually.

Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods and the other national winning 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,” said Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light. 

The Cool Congregations Challenge shows that people of faith are united by concerns about climate change and are taking action – with or without support of government policies. The winners provide strong moral role models for their communities, and their activities have a ripple effect with people in their own homes.  

Interfaith Power & Light is mobilizing a religious response to global warming in congregations through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Twitter: #CoolCongregations @interfaithpower