Vermont churches awarded energy project grants

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Vermont churches awarded energy project grants

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL), through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP),  has recently awarded matching grants for energy efficiency projects to three churches. The Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP) is administered by VTIPL and was established by Dr Paul Gerke in memory of his wife, the late Dr Katy Gerke of Thetford.  The purpose of the program is to improve the energy efficiency of Christian churches in Vermont and twelve (12) Upper Connecticut River Valley Towns in New Hampshire:  Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont and Plainfield.

KGMP matching grant funds are available for professional energy audits and the installation of efficiency measures identified through an energy audit.  In the near future, VTIPL will announce the availability of KGMP matching funds for renewable energy projects.

The following three Vermont churches received grants:

·        First Baptist Church of South Londonderry: building an energy efficient church to replace its original building which was destroyed by fire;  Award:  $9,000

·        Waitsfield United Church of Christ:  air sealing, additional insulation and building a small energy efficient addition;        Award:  $9,000

·        Federated Church of East Arlington:  air sealing, adding insulation and installing energy efficient lighting;  Award:  $2,000

Vermont Interfaith Power and Light,, is a Vermont non-profit, 501c(3), whose mission is to raise awareness and to encourage action among Vermont faith and spiritual communities to address our climate crisis.  As part of its mission, VTIPL has an annual conference, open to the public, to raise awareness and to share information.  This year’s conference will focus on building local resilience and inspiring climate action in our local communities, where it can be most effective.  The Conference will be held Saturday, October 21, 10AM-4PM, at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street, Manchester, VT. 

VTIPL’s Conference, “Building Local Resilience-Inspiring Climate Action”, feature:

Keynote Speaker:  Deb Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


Workshops Topics:

  • ·       Building Resilient Communities

  • ·       Climate Legislation Advocacy

  • ·       Climate Science Update

  • ·       Resources for Energy Projects

  • ·       Effective Community Organizing

  • ·      Watershed Stewardship

Plus:  Roundtable discussion on fossil fuel divestment, catered lunch, sponsors’ exhibits and book table, as well as music and spiritual sharing.


Fee $45, Students $15  Go to for Conference info; to register; or, for information to register by mail.

Source: VTIPL Richmond, Vermont,  October 2, 2017