FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Energy Grants for Vermont Churches
Burlington, Vermont – October 6, 2021
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light wants to help Vermont churches with funding support to make energy improvements that will reduce their energy use, and Fall is an excellent time for churches to have an energy audit or to initiate energy efficiency projects. Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) has a matching grant program to help churches undertake these energy projects to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and to save money.
In 2021 Vermont Interfaith Power & Light’s (VTIPL) Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP)has already provided five churches with matching grants to help fund projects that will reduce their energy use:
• Rupert Congregational -air sealing and insulation
• LOVE802 Christian Church, Rutland -energy audit
• Ascension Lutheran, South Burlington -heating pipe insulation
• United Church of Northfield -air sealing and insulation
• Our Savior Lutheran, Hanover, NH -energy audit
Since 2014, the Katy Gerke Memorial Program (KGMP), has awarded over $125,000 in matching grants to Vermont churches to help them implement energy efficiency projects. These projects include: energy audits, air sealing, insulation, efficient lighting, energy efficient HVAC, including heat pumps, etc., that will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs for these churches.
The Katy Gerke Memorial Program was established by Dr. Paul Gerke in memory of his wife, the late Dr. Katy Gerke. The mission of the Program is to improve the energy efficiency of Christian churches and church-owned buildings in Vermont and the following twelve (12) Upper Connecticut River Valley towns in New Hampshire: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont and Plainfield. Churches seeking grant support from this program may obtain information on grant criteria and application forms from the VTIPL website – www.vtipl.org.
In addition to these matching grants, churches in Vermont may also be eligible for financial incentives from Efficiency Vermont for weatherization and the installation of energy efficient equipment, e.g., lighting, HVAC equipment and advanced wood heating systems. Contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990, http://www.efficiencyvermont.com. Churches that are Vermont Gas (VGS) customers should also contact VGS to take advantage of programs that can help them save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. Contact VGS at (802) 863-4511, https://www.vermontgas.com/commercial-energy-services.
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light is a Vermont 501c(3) whose mission is to inspire and to support people of faith and conscience to take bold and just actions on climate change.
Donna Roberts Ron McGarvey
VTIPL Coordinator President, VTIPL
PO Box 3095
Burlington, VT 05408