Spring


COMING UP

FOR THE LOVE OF TREES

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 statewide competition among houses of worship and people in the pews. The competition will run through the end of June, and prizes will be awarded.

Houses of worship and community gardens may earn $150 gift certificates to Tractor Supply in the following categories:

1) Small Houses of Worship or Community Gardens (less than 100 in regular worship attendance or community garden day participation)

2) Medium Houses of Worship or Community Gardens (100 to 200 in regular worship attendance or community garden day participation)

3) Large Houses of Worship or Community Gardens (more than 200 in regular worship attendance or community garden participation)

Deadline: June 30. Submit a one-page narrative to Ark. IPL indicating your name, address, the size of your house of worship or community garden, the number of trees planted, the type of trees, photographs, and any information you would like to add about your tree planting project. Submit your narrative to Ark. IPL at arkansasipl@gmail.com no later than June 30.

Plan a Tree Planting Ceremony at your house of worship; we can provide suggested “Tree Planting Ceremony” worship materials for your consideration. Email Ark. IPL at arkansasipl@gmail.com tp receive worship materials for your “Tree Planting Ceremony.”

Our Arkansas IPL 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).

OPTIONAL PARTICIPATION AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL too. 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.

 

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.