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Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light
1773 Beacon Street

Site Description

Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a faith based response to climate change. Our mission is to:•Assist faith communities to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs by increasing conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy use;•Educate people on why climate change is a matter of morality and justice; •Provide training in green job skills to lower-income communities; and•Increase public understanding of policies that will lead to a sustainable future.MIPandL is one of 29 state affiliates that work nationally to promote public policies that will lead to a just and sustainable future. We have advocated for climate change legislation on the state and federal levels.In covenant with over 160 Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Unitarian Universalist communities, MIPandL has transformed sacred spaces into sustainable spaces for 7 years. St. James Cambridge reduced its carbon footprint by 50% and saved $20,000 a year in energy costs. All Saints Parish lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by 104 tons per year and its energy bills by 40%. This year we will begin our "Building Sustainable Communities with Green Jobs" initiative in Lawrence to help people in lower income communities learn the skills needed to enter the green economy. We plan to expand this initiative to Lowell and another Massachusetts city.The site supervisor is Vince Maraventano who led MIP&L’s community outreach efforts before becoming Executive Director. Vince earned an MDiv from Andover Newton and worked on energy efficiency issues as Senior Counsel to the MA Department of Environmental Protection. Teaching Parish Committee chair Tom Nutt-Powell is co-founder and President of MIP&L. Tom has 25 years of experience integrating energy efficiency into the renovation and construction of low-income housing, plus working directly with houses of worship to do the same. Tom holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and was formerly an MIT professor of urban studies and planning.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

A student may choose one or more of the following projects or propose an experiential project that is designed to provide a faith based response to climate change.•Educate faith communities and mobilize support for local, national or international policies that address climate change. This project may involve cooperation with other non-profit groups or the national IP&L movement;•Evaluate or design worship services or adult or youth education programs on the relationship between faith and the care of creation;•Assist in the design of a curriculum for and implementation of a new “Green Jobs” initiative, in lower-income communities; •Assist with the design of a model MIPandL program to empower congregations to lower their greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs; or•Create and implement a presentation on ecological justice and communities of faith for the fall “Justice Matters” class led by Dean Nienhuis.Andover Newton students may have the opportunity to participate in institutional efforts to lower the school’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

The teaching parish committee contains members whose faith motivates them to respond to the climate change crisis as a moral and justice issue. They have many years of service to their faith communities and believe that the church needs to be engaged in the world. They are highly committed to educating ministers.The teaching parish committee will provide guidance and support to a student and engage them in an open and respectful dialogue.

Special Considerations

Access to an automobile is preferred. We welcome students from all faith traditions.

Contact Information

Executive Director
12 Chellman St.,
West Roxbury

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