2019 Priorities


2019 Priorities for Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light

Your donations support our neighbors in need.

2019 Priorities

1)      Energy Efficiency

  • Distribution of energy efficiency gift bags in low-income neighborhoods
  • Collaboration with Ark. Girl Scouts on badges/patches related to earth-friendly topics: Eco-Friend, Eco-Learner, hiking, Make the World a Better Place, MLK service day

2)      Local Food & Plant-Rich Diets

  • Small Bite Advocacy campaign, connecting food choices, food transportation, and climate footprints of food choices. The #4 recommendation of Drawdown is plant-rich diets: https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/ - In comparison, solar is #8 and #10.
  • Book study on “Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body, and Ultimately Save Our World”
  • Lenten Challenge – friendly competition between houses of worship for encouraging plant-based meals, working with Dr. Tionna Jenkins; invite Oklahoma and Missouri to participate
  • Promotion of IPL’s Green Thanksgiving kits in November 2019

3)      Renewable Energy

  • Incentive money for a solar installation at one additional house of worship or an EV charging station at a house of worship
  • Defend net metering rules at Arkansas at State Capitol and Public Service Commission hearings, through collaboration with Citizens First Congress, Audubon Arkansas, Sierra Club, Ark. Citizens Climate Lobby (The director of Ark. IPL was elected to serve as co-chair of Arkansas Citizens First Congress for a two-year term and will be active during the 2019 session of the Arkansas Legislature.)
  • Continue collaborative efforts with Ark. Sierra Club, Audubon Arkansas, Ark. Citizens Climate Lobby, Ark. Citizens First Congress, Indivisible  to close more coal-fired power plants; specifically work on persuading rural electricity cooperatives to follow Entergy’s lead and the Ozark Cooperative’s  lead in transitioning to solar energy

4)      Organizational Growth, Outreach & Advocacy

  • Presentations with a focus on The Fourth Climate Assessment, renewable energy options in Arkansas, emissions from the transportation sector, transportation choices in Arkansas, emissions from the meat production industry, plant-based diets, refrigerant emissions
  • Presentations to at least 12 houses of worship (Mark, Donnal, Scharmel); collaboration with Citizens Climate Lobby
  • Presentations of documentaries at houses of worship and in communities, including “Love Thy Nature”
  • Collaboration with Environmental Health Class at UCA on student service projects
  • Support and Promotion of a Drawdown conference in Northwest Arkansas with outreach to Missouri and Oklahoma; conference will include breakout sessions on The Fourth Climate Assessment, renewable energy options in Arkansas, emissions from the transportation sector, transportation choices in Arkansas, emissions from the meat production industry, plant-based diets, refrigerant emissions, recommendations from www.Drawdown.org .
  • Support A Plastic-Free Little Rock campaign, working with the Plastic Free Little Rock organization
  • Promote The Last Straw campaign throughout Arkansas, working with Evangelical Environmental Network https://www.creationcare.org/the_last_straw
  • Support of a bottle return deposit bill in the Ark. Legislature in winter of 2019
  • Support of Green Team at Stephens Elementary School, including a student project on the ABCs of Living Green
  • Earth Day / Faith in Action Week observation, events, activities (April 5-14), including presentations of “Love Thy Nature”
  • Promote use of carbon calculator at IPL website
  • Promote use of fee & dividend calculator at CCL website
  • Hire and work in collaboration with YAV (Young Adult Volunteer) to make presentations and coordinate energy efficiency gift bag projects
  • Speak up to support the Clean Power Plan,  clean car rules, and other issues, coordinating with IPL positions and campaigns; discuss these issues with our D.C. representatives and express our support from a faith-based perspective
  • Promotion of Interfaith Ecology Leadership Institute at Ferncliff Camp in summer 2019
  • Serve on Planning Committee for a possible Green Faith Conference in summer 2019
  • Letter and card campaign to stop the rollback of mercury and toxin rules, focusing on health of babies and children, collaborating with Dr. Tiona Jenkins at the Clinton Foundation and Joy Rochenbach, faith-based coordinator with the Ark. Dept. of Health
  • Support bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in messaging at presentations
  • Track New Green Deal Initiative

Donations will be matched by IPL at the national level.

The November 2018 publication of the Fourth National Climate Assessment will be referenced with urgency to address several issues in Arkansas, as well as surrounding states in the Southeast: 1) asthma, allergies, mosquito diseases, tick diseases, and other health hazards; 2) dangers to agriculture and threats to farmers; 3) loss of labor hours from extreme heat in the Southeast.

In 2019, Arkansas IPL will address the warnings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment from a unique faith-based perspective on personal and collective actions as part of four initiatives: 1) Energy Efficiency; 2) Local Food and Plant-Rich Diets; 3) Renewable Energy; 4) Organizational Growth, Outreach & Advocacy. Building the capacity of Ark. IPL will be part of each initiative, as we engage more Arkansans and also reach out to Missouri and Oklahoma on collaborative efforts. Ark. IPL will distinguish itself from other organizations with messages of moral responsibilities, hope for the future, commitment to personal actions, calls for collective congregational actions.

Local plant-based diets will be a focus in 2019.  Drawdown lists plant-based diets as #4 out of 100 solutions to avoid emissions. https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/

Our Shelves Are Bare! We need garden gloves, garden tools, chicken feed, LED bulbs, power strips, socket sealers, faucet aerators to share with our neighbors in need.

Our community garden centers help neighbors grow their own food, reduce their energy consumption, learn self-sufficiency, and live in sustainable ways. Low-income households pay an average of 10% of household income on energy bills, compared to a national average of 2.9%.