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Faith Climate Action Week

With Earth Day coming rapidly on April 22, NYIPL joins with other IPL chapters to celebrate the entire week of April 15-24 as Faith Climate Action Week. You can start right away by downloading resources here and here. Despite the greed and short-sightedness that is widespread, we can be still be good stewards of God’s creation.

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Hudson River Presbytery

The Hudson River Presbytery is a judicatory of 82 Presbyterian churches spread across eight counties in the Hudson River Valley. Included in this presbytery are NYIPL member congregations White Plains Presbyterian (above), Holmes Presbyterian Camp, and Huguenot Memorial. The Hudson River Presbytery is very active on earth care issues. They have a group called the Food Justice Corps which is five young people who come together regularly who explore food justice issues. The group is not just educational but also a leadership development program: The corps members will develop their own projects to bring back to their congregations next spring.

Welcome, Hudson River Presbytery and White Plains Presbyterian!

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We’re Looking for a New Executive Director

Executive Director Job Description

Fall 2015 New York Interfaith Power & Light is a faith-­?based nonprofit organization working to fight climate change. We believe climate change is the moral issue of our time. We are the New York state chapter of the Interfaith Power & Light movement, with chapters in 40 states. We have 110 member congregations throughout New York.

We help congregations reduce their carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, explore opportunities to use renewable energy, and educate their members on climate change. We also encourage people of faith to speak to politicians and others in positions of power about global warming, and to collaborate with other faith communities in these efforts.

We are seeking a part-­time (20 hours/week) Executive Director. This is a work-­? from-­?home position, and can be located anywhere in the state of New York.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading, growing, and managing NYIPL, under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is expected to help NYIPL deliver on its mission while achieving financial stability. Major responsibilities include fundraising, board development, public relations, assurance of legal and fiduciary compliance, growing our membership and increasing active participation by current members in the organization.

Responsibilities

  • Fundraising – work with the board to ensure the financial health of the organization. Develop and implement fundraising strategies, including major donors, direct mail, and grant writing.
  • Board development – coordinate board and committee meetings.
  • Program – ensure congregations have access to information about energy audits, energy efficiency in general, and renewable energy options. Within the constraints of our 501(c)(3) status, let politicians and others in power know that people of faith care about climate change.
  • Outreach – recruit new member congregations, new donors, and new board members.
  • Communications – update website and social media with current news and upcoming events; publish a weekly electronic newsletter.
  • Speaking and/or representing the organization at public/private events.
  • Administration – process donations, manage membership information and budget.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to our interfaith mission, and passionate about climate change
  • Proven track record at the executive level of a non-­profit organization or a similar entity
  • Three or more years of fundraising experience
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Able to articulate one’s faith commitment in relationship to care for the earth
  • Public speaking experience
  • Experience with social media
  • Four year college degree, graduate degree a plus
  • Solid computer skills and accounting experience a plus
  • Must have access to high-­?speed internet, printer, and telephone Salary and Benefits

 

Salary: $18,000 -­? $25,000, based on experience, plus business expense reimbursements as budgeted. This is a salaried, executive position, not considered to be hourly.

Travel: Moderate, including visits to congregations across New York State, attendance at the annual IPL meeting in Washington DC, and attendance at the annual NYIPL meeting. (Travel expenses are reimbursed.)

Benefits: NYIPL is unable to offer benefits (health insurance, paid time off, etc.) at this time. With proper commitment, fundraising and growth, the Board will make available additional salary and benefits for this to become a full-­?time position.

Termination: On two weeks written notice from the Board of Directors or the Executive Director. There is no minimum length of contract implied in this position.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to nyipljob@gmail.com.

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Big Events Are Planned for This Fall

In November, global leaders will convene in Paris at the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change. And next week, on September 23rd and 24th, Pope Francis will be in the United States to speak to President Obama and address Congress. He is the first pope in history to do so and this visit comes on the heels of his encyclical urging action on climate change.

On September 25th, Pope Francis will open the UN General Assembly, followed by a Heads of State meeting which will focus on climate in New York.

In preparation for the Pope’?s visit please join NYIPL members at one or more of the following events:

IN BUFFALO

Rise Up for Climate Justice
Thursday, September 24th, 4:00 p.m. pre-rally, 5:00 p.m. rally
Niagara Square, Buffalo
(at the intersection of Delaware, Niagara, Genesee and Court Streets)

IN ITHACA

Vigil for Earth
Thursday Sept. 24, 7 pm
Dewitt Park, Ithaca
(Intersection of Buffalo and N. Cayuga Streets)

Stand with Pope Francis on the eve of his address to the United Nations
Peaceful vigil with songs, prayers, and readings.
Bring a flashlight or other light source.
People of all faiths {or no faith} are welcome.
Sponsored by the Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN)
For more information contact John Finn, 607-592-8541

IN ROCHESTER

Prayer Vigil ? ?Care for our Common Home?
Wednesday, September 23rd, 4:00 p.m.
St. Marianne Cope Parish at Good Shepherd Chapel, 3318 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester

Rochester Moral March for Climate Justice
Thursday, September 24th, 4:30 p.m.
Liberty Pole, at East Main and East Avenue, Rochester

Your Faith and Climate Change:
A talk with Catholic Climate Ambassador Dr. Gerry Gacioch
Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 p.m.
Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 150 French Road, Rochester

IN NEW YORK CITY

Light the Way Festival of Prayer and Music
Thursday, September 24th, 4:30 ? 5:30 p.m.
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th St. and 1st Ave.), New York City

Under One Sky Rally
Thursday, September 24th, 6:00 ? 7:45
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th St. and 1st Ave.), New York City

Overnight Vigil
Thursday, September 24th, 8:00 ? morning
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th St. and 1st Ave.), New York City

IN WASHINGTON, DC

Procession to Multi-Faith Vigil
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:30 p.m.
Departing from All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard, Washington, DC

Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil
Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. until Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 a.m.
John Marshall Place Park (Pennsylvania Ave. & 4th Street NW), Washington, DC

Rally
Thursday, September 24th, 7:30 a.m.
The National Mall, between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW, Washington, DC
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What We Do

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Green Up helps congregation and their members make the individual changes needed to tackle climate change.  Whether this is installing energy efficient lighting in their houses of worship or putting solar up on their roofs, every action that reduces climate pollution is an important step in the right direction!

There are simple, low-barrier, low-cost actions any building or house can take, from different light bulbs, new fixtures and new light switches to sealing the weak points and painting a flat roof with reflective aluminum paint. Every effort to seal a building reduces the use of watts.

Once the building is working at peak efficiency, the major sources of power usage can be examined. The kitchen appliances, heating and cooling, and general lighting are usually the biggest energy draws. There are a lot of solutions available that will pay for themselves quickly and then continue to help the budget with reduced energy bills.

Solar panels and installation prices have fallen throughout 2015 and 2016. Many business providers offer leases of solar panels that include installation. Look up the Sungevity page on this website for an example.