People of faith across the country are making changes in their places of worship and their homes to prevent Global Warming with the Cool Congregations program! 
Cool Congregations is a unique stewardship program that helps congregations like yours to take seriously our call to care for the earth through practices of reducing your climate change emissions from your facilities and home. 
You can become an environmental leader in your community and save hundreds of dollars each year!


Cool Congregations Challenge

Cool Congregations offers everything you and your congregation needs to become a Cool Congregation; including start up kits, calculators, a certification process and a challenge with 5 categories in which you can win $1000!

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2023 with awards announced in February 2024.  


Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light
Earth Care and Cool Congregations Grant

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light is offering grants of up to $400 to support faith communities that apply to participate in the Interfaith Power & Light Cool Congregations Challenge. These grants support faith communities that develop proposals to care for our Sacred Earth and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.  

>CLICK HERE for grant details and the application<


Cool Congregations Luncheon

On September 15, 2022, Nebraska IPL held a luncheon at Aldersgate UMC (Lincoln) where we explored the Cool Congregations Challenge, churches that have already taken steps to lower their carbon footprint, and how our Nebraska public power districts--particularly the Lincoln Electric System--can support our efforts to meet the Cool Congregations Challenge.  We are grateful  for Steve Schafer (Aldersgate UMC), Curt Donaldson (Unitarian Church of Lincoln), and Marc Shkolnick (Manager of Energy Services, Lincoln Electric System) for presenting at the luncheon.  

Watch the recording of the luncheon below and share it with your friends!


For further details on the
Cool Congregations Program and Competition, and
resources for everything from Start Up to Certification,
go to the Cool Congregations website
or contact: 

Ken Winston
[email protected]


Rev. Zac Wolfe
[email protected]


For a printable and shareable NE IPL Cool Congregations brochure, click on either of the preview icons below!