The Regeneration Project

A Religious Response to Global Warming

aka Interfaith Power & Light   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.interfaithpowerandlight.org

Mission

Interfaith Power and Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. IPL's goal is to help people of faith recognize and fulfill their responsibility for the stewardship of creation. We do this through education, advocacy, and action on climate change. IPL programs for clergy and congregations achieve tangible environmental results and impact public policy.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Rev. Susan B. Hendershot

Executive Director

Ms. Susan Stephenson

Main address

672 13th Street Suite 100

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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EIN

94-3335236

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Faith Climate Action Week

Faith Climate Action Week is ten days in April during Earth Month when IPL congregations focus on how we can all take action to protect our climate. This events-based program encourages all faith groups to discuss the spiritual side of climate change at services, while also pushing for greater support from local and national policymakers. At FaithClimateActionWeek.org, groups have access to downloadable sermons, postcards and other resources.

Population(s) Served

People of faith across the country are doing their part to prevent global warming in their own homes and places of worship through the Cool Congregations program, and saving hundreds of dollars in the process. Cool Congregations is a stewardship program designed to help congregations engage their members in caring for Creation by reducing their individual greenhouse gas emissions.

Population(s) Served

Cool Harvest is a food, faith, and climate program for congregations brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light. The "Enjoy a Cool Harvest" guide will help you plan and host a potluck gathering. As you will learn, the foods that are healthier for the planet are also healthier for our bodies. You will also be able to download the spring "Sow a Cool Harvest" guide for planning and creating sustainable vegetable gardens.

Population(s) Served

Carbon Covenant is Interfaith Power & Light’s program to support faith communities on the front lines of climate change. The number one source of carbon emissions in the developing world is deforestation, and faith communities from Cambodia to the slopes of Kilimanjaro are taking proactive steps to protect their forests and build sustainable communities. Buddhist monks patrol forests to ward off illegal logging and poaching, and African faith communities are teaching sustainable livelihoods and reforesting degraded lands. U.S. faith communities can become sister congregations and support these conservation efforts, building interfaith and international solidarity and promoting justice. Individuals can support them by making donations or “gifts of trees” in honor of a friend or loved one. See https://www.co2covenant.org.

Population(s) Served

The Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign is a nonpartisan Interfaith Power & Light-led campaign and includes several faith and climate partners. This campaign is focused on engaging and mobilizing faith voters to communicate their values of caring for Creation and loving our neighbors through voting. Together, we can express our values of ensuring a livable planet for our children and that everyone is cared for. See https://www.faithclimatejusticevoter.org.

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of advocacy messages, speakers at hearings, & meetings with policymakers.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of congregations engaged in reducing carbon emissions

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Maintain a vibrant grassroots network of state organizations that are working independently and collectively to build a religious response to global warming and achieve concrete results, such as lowering carbon emissions, impacting public policy, and educating congregants and clergy.
2. To increase the public's awareness of global warming and to help congregational leaders develop concrete solutions for how they and their congregants can address the issue
3. To ensure that the voice of the religious community is heard in policy-making and to leverage our grassroots base to support clean energy and climate protection policies
4.To increase the long-term sustainability of the state affiliates.

1. Maintain the excellence of the IPL Affiliated Network and strengthen existing state IPLs
2. Focus on building a 50-state presence, if not necessarily 50 state affiliates.
3. Increase national office staff dedicated to supporting the Affiliated IPL Network
4. Continue to carry out our work in coalition with strategic partners, recognizing that solving global warming will take all members of society
5. Strengthen the message of why a religious response to global warming is important and broaden the understanding of the role that the IPL campaign plays

1. IPL has a network of more than 22,000 congregations across the country.
2. With 40 state affiliates, IPL is able to tackle national issues as well as local issues.
3. With 22 years of experience, is the leading faith-based organization addressing climate change in the United States. With this experience, we have developed strong relationships with elected officials, other environmental organizations, and thousands of faith leaders.

A Snapshot of IPL’s Impact

IPL’s members are taking action in their communities…
• 900+ sermons during Faith Climate Action Week in 2021
• Supported 1,250+ solar congregations nationwide collectively preventing 104,000 tons of CO2 annually
• 9 new certified Cool Congregations preventing 770 tons of CO2 annually
• 54 certified Cool Congregations preventing 1,970 tons of CO2 annually
•10k+ viewers of Kiss the Ground film, with 530 webinar participants with the filmmaker and IPL community garden experts
• 33,000+ advocacy messages, speakers at hearings, & meetings with policymakers
• 150+ advocacy captains
• 9,100+ grassroots action takers




We have been successful in reaching a greater number of faith communities every year in all of our national programs. Since it began in 2010, the Preach-In on Climate Change has increased by 178% with 3200 congregations participating and reaching 1.3 million people nationally. Over 150,000 postcards have been delivered to the president and elected representatives. Through our Cool Harvest Program, we have distributed 1020 Cool Harvest Kits and 800 congregations participated in the Cool Potluck and Movie - fun way to learn about the food, faith, climate connection. Participation in our Cool Congregations Challenge has increased by 138% in the four years since the challenge started, with over 300 entries to date. In 2014, we announced our first 20 Certified Cool Congregations. These congregations averaged a 42% reduction in greenhouse gases and are jointly preventing 2.2 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere every year.

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The Regeneration Project

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley

The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham

The Regeneration Project

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley

Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Susan Hendershot

Interfaith Power & Light

Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

Melissa Gavin

RE-AMP Network

Sam Schuchat

California Coastal Conservancy

Gregory Lopez

Social and Environmental Impact Consultant

Linda Cutts

San Francisco Dharma Center

Rev. Melanine Mullen

The Episcopal Church

Rev. Vy Nguyen

Week of Compassion

Codi Norred

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

Gopal Patel

Bhumi Global

Sarah Spengeman

Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology, LLC

Nathan Willcox

Climate and Energy Advocacy Consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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