February


COMING UP

FOR THE LOVE OF TREESHEART_TREE

Plant a Tree This Spring!

Planting trees makes our love for creation visible and helps curb pollution. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and put it back into the ground, where it contributes to soil health.

Any day is a good day to plant a tree. Arkansas IPL is hosting a friendly competition among houses of worship and people in the pews. The competition will run through June 20, and prizes will be awarded.

Under our EPA Environmental Justice Grant, Ark. IPL is planting fig trees in our community gardens. We have hundreds of fig trees in the “start” stage in warm greenhouses now.

Spring planting is right around the corner. Plan a Tree Planting Ceremony at your house of worship; we can provide suggested “Tree Planting Ceremony” worship materials for your consideration.

Join our efforts and report the number of trees planted. Email us at arkansasipl@gmail.com no later than June 20. List trees planted at your house of worship, your community garden, your neighborhood, or your home.

Our competition will run through the First Day of Spring (March 19), Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 24), Endangered Species Day (May 15), World Oceans Day (June 8), and the First Day of Summer (June 20).

You also may join the national tree-planting effort HERE: https://www.faithclimateactionweek.org/for-love-of-trees/

 

Faith Climate Action Week: April 16-26

Faith Climate Action Week is April 16-26. Order your kit today at https://www.faithclimateactionweek.org/ Make plans for your congregation’s involvement. Click on Arkansas on the map and list your congregation’s activities.  Ark. IPL will be hosting a friendly tree-planting competition. Watch here for details.

If you live in Conway, sign up for the free Smart Recycling class on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center (BHCC), Suite 102, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The class will include a trip to Conway’s Material Recovery Center. Register here for the Smart Recycling class: https://uca.edu/outreach/types/community-ed/

EPA Grant Awarded

Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light has been awarded a $30,000 Environmental Justice grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for November 1, 2019 to October 2020 for a Sustainable Self-Sufficiency Development for Veterans & Community project.

Ark. IPL will be working with North Little Rock military veterans and their families plus community volunteers on energy efficiency projects and community garden demonstrations at Amboy United Methodist Church and the Arkansas State Veterans Home.

Partners include the Amboy Community Food Pantry, Common Roots Cooperative, Network of Growers, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and AmeriCorps.

 

RECENTLY

Ark. IPL will provide dessert at Hero Home 2 at the Ark. State Veterans Home in North Little Rock. Residents will view “Nourish: Food + Community” and receive a raised herb bed.

January 11: 20 Girl Scouts from around Arkansas will meet at Amboy United Methodist Church in North Little Rock to assemble energy efficiency gift bags for distribution through the Amboy Community Food Pantry. Girls will earn Martin Luther King service badges.

Ark. IPL donated a raised bed with kale for the porch at Hero Home 8 at the Arkansas State Veterans Home on Nov. 19. The group enjoyed organic pies and watched “Nourish: Food + Community.”

ARKANSAS GIRL SCOUTS “Make a World of Difference” Day Activity

Saturday, October 19

Amboy United Methodist Church

 

BLESSING OF THE SOLAR PANELSIMG_1743

Sunday, October 6, 12 noon

Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock

81 solar panels

2 EV charging stations

See two of the five newscasts from October 6.

Interview with Rev. Steve Hancock: Watch Here

Blessing of the Solar Panels: Watch Here

Over the past 4 years, Ark. IPL has provided incentive money for 5 houses of worship in Arkansas to install solar.

If interested, email us at arkansasipl@gmail.com

CLIMATE TOWN HALL Watch Party!earth_hands Wednesday, September 4

 King’s, 1020 Front St. – Conway, Arkansas

All Are Welcome!

Hosts: UCA Environmental Health Class, UCA Sustainability Student Club

Conway Ecofest, King’s, Ark. Interfaith Power & Light

Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m.

FREE Appetizers and Ice Tea at 5:30 p.m.

Afterward, order your dinner and drinks.

LEARN THE FACTS. FEEL GOOD.

Join Like-Minded Friends Focused on Sustainability.

Join the Trivia Game! Test Your Knowledge of Scientific Facts.

Town Hall Participants: Biden, Warren, Yang, Booker, Sanders, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Klobachar, Harris.

Speak Up for the Natural World. Sign Green New Deal Cards for Senators (optional).

Prizes and Door Prizes

 

PREVIOUSLY

July 21: Presentation at St. Mark’s Parish Hall, Little Rock, 9:15. Learn more about Ark. IPL and CCL’s Energy Innovation & Dividend Act. Bags3

July 27: Girl Scout Expo Activity, Little Rock. Participants filled gift bags with energy efficiency items, which will be distributed through a food pantry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Little Rock.

Join the Arkansas Nature Lovers Team!

July 1-31 EcoChallenge

The team is hosted by Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light. Anyone can join. Challenges start July 1 and benefit all of Arkansas.PromiseGJuly2019

Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle. Eat less meat. Eat local. Refuse plastic straws & plastic bags. Walk more! Drive less.

So many challenges to choose… create your own challenges. Invite others to join our Arkansas Nature Lovers team.

Join Here: https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/dashboards/teams/arkansas-nature-lovers

 

July 11: Promise Garden

12 participants in the Sister To Sister summer program picked beans, picked squash, and refreshed the chicken coop at a community garden.

 

Coming in October – Solar Tour: https://www.nationalsolartour.org/

Two Open Houses in Arkansas so far – October 5 & 6. Stay tuned!

 

We Have Good News…

NEW ENERGY STAR RESOURCE GUIDEBOOK

Ark. IPL has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to offer a guidebook to help houses of worship reduce energy consumption.

Information includes gaining clergy support, motivating the congregation, and forming an environmental stewardship ministry (green team).

For a copy of the pdf file of the buidebook, email us at arkansasipl@gmail.com.