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Meet the Cool Congregations Challenge winners

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The spring season is upon us and themes of regeneration and restoring the Earth are fresh in our minds. What better time to celebrate the winners of Interfaith Power & Light’s (IPL) Cool Congregations Challenge? Earlier this year, USGBC's partner organization invited people of faith across the country to share what they’re doing in response to climate change by entering the Cool Congregations Challenge. There were so many great entries that the decision was tough! 

Get inspired by the Challenge winners' Facebook photo album.

From an urban garden oasis in a neighborhood that struggles with poverty and vandalism, to one of the nation’s largest solar installations on a congregation, this year’s work was truly wonderful. Winners represent congregations of many different faith traditions that have come together around one common ideal – to respond to climate change through the reduction of their carbon footprint. Challenge winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions have been awarded in five categories that include planning, energy efficiency, renewable energy, grounds, and community inspiration. USGBC is proud to support IPL’s work in reviewing the entries along with partners from EPA’s Energy Star and the National Wildlife Federation.

Want to get involved with IPL or other community sustainability efforts? Let us know

Read more about USGBC's faith-based campaign partners and learn about the work already in progress.

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    Ryan P. Snow made 10 contributions in the last 6 months

Ryan P. Snow

U.S. Green Building Council

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U.S. Green Building Council
We agree, Amy! Representing over 260 million Americans who meet in over 400,000 buildings across the country they are a critical part of the solution.
Organizational Dev, Marketing & Sustainability Consultant, Nested Strategies, Nested Strategies
This is so exciting. Churches are pillars of so many communities and they also often have real estate, so engaging them in the USGBC community will truly help us get closer to our goal of green communities for ALL within a generation!

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