01 Aug '11, 5pm

The newest front in green energy: Churches

Sure, some religious folks see climate change as anathema to their worldview, but plenty -- probably most -- do not! And with the help of their religious leaders, they're banding together into blocks of citizens who can negotiate for cheaper, cleaner energy, as well as discounts on energy-efficiency retrofits. Many congregations already treat the environment as a fundamental part of their mission. Officials with Interfaith Power & Light, a network of religious institutions with affiliates in 38 states, said members are installing solar panels, undertaking energy-saving retrofits, buying green power, instilling a love for the earth in sermons and lobbying elected officials for clean energy alternatives. Some pastors are even using the energy-buying clubs as a way to one-up the old "join our bank, get a toaster" pitch. Though cautious in his enthusiasm, [Rev. Thomas J. Knoll...

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