New York Interfaith Power and Light was founded March 29, 2004. The following leaders served on the Advisory Board in the beginning years of the organization:

  • The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Reverend Campbell is an ordained minister with standing in two Christian denominations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Baptist Church and a former General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
  • Bill McKibben, United Methodist layperson and author of many books including The End of Nature (1989), one of the first books for the layperson concerning the true cost of global warming, the destruction of the ozone layer and other man-made ills. His 2013 book Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist recounts his work at, the organization that he co-founded out of his work with students at Middlebury College in Vermont.
  • Bishop Susan W. Hassinger and Bishop Susan Morrison are retired bishops of the Troy Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Monshin Paul Naamon, Abbot, Karuna Tendai Dharma Center and Tendai-shu New York Betsuin, a Buddist temple located in Canaan, New York.
  • The Rev. John Paarlberg, Minister for Social Witness and Worship of the Reformed Church of America from 1989 to 2003. He serves as minister of First Church of Albany.
  • Pete and Toshi Seeger, singer and songwriter, Pete, who died in 2014, was given the nation’s highest artistic honors at the Kennedy Center in December 1994. He also built the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to highlight the plight of our waterways. His wife Toshi, a filmmaker who died in 2013, was his partner in environmental activities.
  • Peter Lindabury, former two-term chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Upstate New York Chapter. The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. Mr. Lindabury is an HVAC engineer GHD, Syracuse and has designed and managed the construction of many LEED registered buildings.