Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate the faith community’s response to our changing climate through community programs, education, and advocacy.

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light is one of 40 state affiliates of the national?Interfaith Power & Light coalition. The first state organization was formed in 2000 by Rev. Sally Bingham, an Episcopal priest. Nebraska IPL was formed in 2009 by an interfaith group of leaders. We are a non-partisan and non-sectarian organization. We are not funded by any one religious organization, but do our own grass-roots fundraising. Our goal is to encourage dialogue across the usual political and religious divides, so that we can make real progress in addressing climate change for the people of Nebraska.

The faith communities represented by Nebraska IPL include Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, United Methodists, Roman Catholics, United Church of Christ, Buddhists, Seventh-Day-Adventists, Disciples of Christ, Reformed Jews, Quakers, Unitarians, Evangelicals, members of independent churches and the spiritual-but-not-religious. We are currently seeking to build relationships with the Muslim and Hindu communities.

Our Recent Accomplishments

2017 Nebraska IPL Activities

Faith Advocacy on public policy issues

  • Support establishing a state climate action plan.
  • Support state legislation to divest from fossil fuels.
  • Support protecting land and water from impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Support for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation, a new financing mechanism for efficiency and renewable energy investments.
  • Support using VW settlement funds for electric vehicles and EV infrastructure.
  • Support study of climate change in Nebraska public education curriculum
  • Support for Congressional representatives to take action on climate change.
  • Oppose cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and climate research.

Community events

  • Community conversation with Matthew Anderson, climate director for the Audubon Society.
  • Sponsor of the Nebraska Youth Climate Summit.
  • Sponsor of the Nebraska Climate March.
  • Sponsor of Elders for the Earth
  • Hosted electric vehicle education events

Helping congregations reduce their carbon footprint

  • Hosted Cool Congregations event with Iowa IPL in Omaha

2018 Nebraska IPL Activities

Faith Advocacy on Public Policy Issues

  • Support for LB 808, which would expand community gardens and support urban agriculture
  • Support for the Husker Power Plan, an advocacy strategy with our public power districts to reduce energy use, increase renewable energy and retire coal plants with a five year goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 58 %.
  • Begin process of advocating 100 % renewable energy for Lincoln Electric System.
  • Presentation to Nebraska Ecumenical Legislative Network about faith and public policy responses to climate change

Community Events

  • Ken presented to Wachiska Audubon Society about solar energy
  • Ken presented to Nebraskans for Solar about Nebraska IPL, faith advocacy and public policies
  • Penny presented to Missouri Valley Presbytery about climate change
  • Anica and Penny presented to Shepherd of the Hills church in Hickman about climate change and faith responses
  • Anica, Penny, Ken and John presented to Vine Congregational in Lincoln about climate change impacts and faith responses
  • Planning the 2018 Nebraska Youth Climate Summit