Your congregation is invited!
The Thriving Faith Communities Initiative invites Indiana congregations to join together in support of the Thrive Indianapolis Plan by committing to reduce energy consumption by at least 25 percent over the next three years, and to encourage their congregants to do the same.
About the Thrive Indianapolis Plan
With the input and help of many people and organizations, the city of Indianapolis has developed a plan to ensure the future success of the city. It is called the Thrive Indianapolis Plan. Thrive Indianapolis is the first actionable plan of its kind in our city’s history, bringing together city agencies, community partners and residents to chart a course for an Indianapolis that is equitable, healthier and prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. The Thrive Indianapolis Plan has two primary goals related to climate change:
- Achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
- Increase community resilience by prioritizing equity in policy, planning and project implementation.
The Thrive Indianapolis Plan says that 2/3 of the CO2 come from buildings and 1/3 from transportation. The goal is to be carbon neutral by 2050 and to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings by 20 percent of the 2016 base year consumption by 2025. You can learn more about the Thrive Indianapolis Plan at: www.thriveindianapolis.com
Thriving Faith Communities
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to sign up for Thriving Faith Communities?
There is no requirement other than being a group of people that cares for the community and wants to help the environment and save money at the same time. ALL congregations and ALL faiths across the State are invited to join!
What are the steps involved in the process?
The first step is to sign the covenant of commitment form, provided below, and then enroll in Energy Stewards, linked HERE.
How does this program benefit my congregation?
- This program will allow you to develop and live into faith-based values around care for creation.
- It will help you significantly reduce your congregations utility bills, freeing funds for mission and ministry.
- Engage people in your congregation with a passion for the environment in new and exciting ways
- Allow you to participate in a community-wide effort to be a resilient and sustainable community,
- Reduce carbon emissions in the city of Indianapolis and around the state, improving public health and the health of the planet.
- It will help you develop relationships with other people and congregations engaged in similar work.
Do I have to pay to join this program?
There is a fee to enroll in Energy Stewards which is the support program that Thriving Faith Communities uses to collect and keep track of your utility usage. The fee is $200 per year. If you are unable to pay, there is a grant that the Center for Congregations has which pays half the costs. Here is the link to their site https://centerforcongregations.org/FAQs. Their phone number is (317) 237-7799. They walk you through the application process and H-IPL can assist you as well.
How does Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light provide support?
- We will provide various education events for your team and congregants
- We will arrange an expert coach to assist your team in placing energy reduction strategies
- We will be available to answer questions and provide encouragement
- We will assist with periodic communications and publicity about the efforts of your cohort group
- Celebrate and honor your achievements.
What is the time commitment involved?
Initially the Thriving Faith Community teams will want to participate in the Using Energy Prudently webinar (4 hours) and the Energy Stewards webinar (1+ hours). After that, it will be up to your team how much time you want to invest. It would not be unreasonable to expect your team to spend 2 – 3 hours a week during the first year of your conservation journey. It may depend how many people are on your team and what energy conservation has already occurred.
What happens if my congregation can’t reduce a certain amount of energy consumption in the time allotted?
The goal of this program is to reduce energy consumption by 25% in three years, but there are no consequences if it is not reached. Any reduction in energy usage is so important to helping us reach our goals! Some congregations that have joined Thriving Faith Communities have already reduced their energy consumption by 30 – 40%. In addition to continuing to search for energy conservation they may work on ways to reduce their carbon emissions to zero.
Do the congregations have to give anything back to Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light at the end of this program?
By the end of this program, the congregation should have saved money in the process.
Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light asks congregations, if able, to give back 10% of their savings to help pay it forward.
Ideally we will look at this on an annual basis. However, because of the Covid 19 influence on “normal” operations we will have to do all of this in good faith to all parties involved.
If your congregation does not save any money, it pays nothing except for the fee for the Energy Stewards.
Have any more questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about how this program came about from our board chair in this blog post.
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