2nd Annual Green Team Summit A Success

GIPL held our second annual Green Team Summit on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  We are grateful to The Temple for hosting us again this year!  To celebrate the end of our 15th Anniversary year, John Anderson Lanier, Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation offered a keynote address during dinner.He offered the following inspiration, …

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Our Beautiful Earth by GIPL Board Member Gary Garrett

Gary Garrett is a GIPL Board member and attends Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta. In honor of Earth Day, the GIPL blog features Gary’s reflection on the impact of his own church’s commitments to stewardship and sustainability. Kirkwood UCC won the GIPPY Light award in 2014 for excellence in worship and education for …

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Dennis Creech to Keynote 10th Annual GIPPYs

Make plans to kick off Earth Week with GIPL by attending the 10th Annual GIPPY Awards featuring keynote speaker Dennis Creech of Southface.  Creech has been a leader in sustainability initiatives for the past four decades. As co-founder and director of Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, he is part business manager, energy advocate, and community organizer. Most …

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GIPL's Light Award—St. Philip A.M.E. Church

This year’s Light Award was given to Saint Philip AME Church at the Ninth Annual GIPPY Awards in March. Accepting the award for St. Philip was Voncile Hodges, Executive Director of the Saint Philip Community Development Corporation. GIPL’s Light Award is presented to Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta for its excellence in education and outreach to the community with …

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GIPL's Power Award — Central Presbyterian Church

This year’s Power Award was given to Central Presbyterian Church at the Ninth Annual GIPPY Awards in March. Accepting the award for Central was member Kathy Harben. GIPL’s Power Award is given annually to the congregation who exhibits excellence in energy efficiency while embracing new sustainable practices. Central Presbyterian is no stranger to environmental action. They have incorporated …

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GIPL Looks Towards Future at Ninth Annual GIPPY Awards

This year’s GIPPYs were joyful and compelling—we were gratified to honor those doing good, green work for Creation!

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Eighth Annual GIPPYs Celebrated!

The Eighth Annual GIPPY Awards were celebrated in true fashion last week as folks gathered, desserts were enjoyed, thoughtful words shared, and trophies were awarded. Most importantly, everyone was inspired to return to their respective congregation and continue this important work. Many thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta for hosting us. Fifield Hall was …

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Trailblazer Award – St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Tucker

The 2012 Trailblazer GIPPY Winner was St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Tucker (and also First Christian Church of Decatur). St. Andrews Presbyterian church was innovative in its sustainability efforts this past year. What struck a chord with us was their effort of making their annual foot race, called Race 4 Grace , a Green Event through …

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Trailblazer Award – First Christian Church of Decatur

This years Trailblazer Award was given to First Christian Church of Decatur (and to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Tucker). This past year FCCD launched Chalice Thrift, a church-run thrift store that creatively recycles and resells gently used goods including housewares, clothing, children toys and such. As a frequent shopper there, I can attest to the impressive …

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Congregation of the Year – St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Monroe

This year’s congregation of the year award was given to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Monroe. In 2005, someone asked at the St. Alban’s church’s annual meeting, “How much do we spend on utilities?” That simple question started a quest that continues today at St. Alban’s. They have cut their utility bills in half, earned …

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GIPL's Light Award Winner – Oakhurst Presbyterian Church

The winner of GIPL’s Light award was presented to Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur at the Seventh Annual GIPPYs in February. Oakhurst Presbyterian Church was the first  congregation in Georgia to be certified as Creation Wise through GIPL’s new congregational green certification program. They earned this certification for their varied efforts to care for Creation.

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GIPL's Power Award Winner – St. Gregory the Great

The 2012 GIPL Power Award was given to St Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia at this month’s Seventh Annual GIPPYs.  You may remember this winner from last year, as they received one of our Trailblazer awards for 2011 because of all of the amazing things they did to incorporate new and interesting …

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