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Congratulations to our 2018 Energy Efficiency Grant Recipients! |

This year, the GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grants Committee awarded 23 grants, totaling $50,000, to congregations and schools across the state of Georgia.

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Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday |

GIPL Board member and frequent guest blogger, Susan Varlamoff offers her favorite eco-friendly tricks for the holiday season: Make Natural Decorations: Rather than buying plastic ornaments, wreaths, and decorations shipped from overseas, make your own from pine cones, holly, seashells, river stones, and evergreen branches. Christmas tree lots often will give away branches they’ve trimmed …

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St. Matthew Catholic Church Receives GIPL Grant |

St. Matthew Catholic Church in Tyrone is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. This project, whose full name is the “Laudato Si’ Action Plan Pilot Project,” came to life when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta decided to run a pilot project to support this group of parishes and schools in making environmental …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: I Mourn for the Children |

Let’s start out with a basic fact.  Global temperatures are 1-degree C over pre-industrial levels.  With that increase we are seeing: Melting of the Arctic and Antarctic, Accelerating sea level rise, Ocean acidification, Global ecosystem disruption, Spread of vectors and diseases, Extreme storm intensification, Increased drought and flooding Expansion of wildfires

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St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Receives GIPL Grant |

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland, Georgia is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. This project, whose full name is the “Laudato Si’ Action Plan Pilot Project,” came to life when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta decided to run a pilot project to support this group of parishes and schools …

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Why I Went Solar |

Solarize Newton-Morgan is a community-based solar photovoltaic group purchasing program that helps homeowners, businesses and nonprofits save on the cost of solar by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing — the more that participate, the greater the savings! Sara Vinson is one of our Solarize Newton-Morgan Ambassadors. She reflects…

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Coastal Green Team Summit: Profoundly Located |

On October 20, the GIPL team gathered with forty Creation care champions for the first ever Coastal Green Team Summit. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres from Candler School of Theology kicked off the gathering reminding us that we are “profoundly located.” And indeed, we were profoundly located at First Baptist Church Saint Simon’s Island. For …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: Wish Upon a Star |

Recent discoveries and research suggest life is not an earth-only experiment.  The building blocks of life could be widespread throughout the universe.  Carbon and water are two vital ingredients for life along with a temperate climate.  During Thomas Berry’s life (1914-2009), he saw many discoveries in astrophysics which fed into his thinking for the new …

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Install Solar. Plant Trees. Eat Your Veggies! |

Last week was a real doozy. I was just beginning to digest the intense news that came from the United Nations’ IPPC latest report on rising global temperatures and the fact that we have far less time to turn this ship around. Then came Hurricane Michael, delivering a catastrophic blow to people and places I love along the Gulf Coast & …

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Meet our Contextual Education II Intern: Tina Spencer-Smith |

With a passion for the intersection of spirituality and sustainability, Tina is excited about serving as a Ministry Consultant with GIPL and carrying out the sacred work of God through environmental activism in the local community. She also serves on GIPL’s Advisory Council and holds USGBC’s LEED Green Associate accreditation. She is a member of …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Go To A Garba Raas Dance During The Hindu Holiday Of Navratri |

GIPL is preparing for our first ever Community Garba Celebration, in honor of the Hindu holiday Navratri. Navratri is a nine-night, autumn festival which celebrates the triumph of good over evil and honors the different forms of Goddess Durga (Source: https://ndtv.com).  This year, Navratri begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 9 and ends Thursday, October …

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Four Directions Fund Grant Recipient: Emerson UUC Nesting Box Project Creates Healthy Habitats |

In 2017, GIPL was pleased to provide a seed grant through our Four Directions Fund to Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. One of ten grant recipients, Emerson UUC has a vibrant Green ministry that engages people of all ages. This past year, the congregation took on a nesting project, creating nesting houses for a variety of animals.

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