In the News

The following press reports, media stories, Letters to the Editor and articles highlight Ohio’s faith community’s response to climate change.

Eye on Planet: Local clergy unite to promote cleaner environment
Bowling Green church will holding 2nd annual Creation Care Celebration, Toledo Blade, April 2017

An Energy Plan: Taking action today results in a better tomorrow, Connections, April 2017

Rally urges end to clean energy freeze, Columbus Dispatch, April, 2016

Religious Leaders stump for green energy policies, Ohio Public Radio, April, 2016

New attempts to keep Ohio Clean Energy Standards on ice, Ohio Public News Service, April, 2016

Climate Change is a real threat, Letter to the Editor (Plain Dealer, December, 2015)

Clean Power Plan must move forward, Letter to the Editor, (Toledo Blade, August, 2015)

We are all Stewards, Letter to the Editor (Toledo Blade, August, 2015)

Reverend inspired to conserve by call to stewardship (Columbus Dispatch, July 3, 2015), featuring ways central Ohio congregations and persons of faith are responding to the call to be stewards of creation.

Pope’s message on environment praised by central Ohio religious leaders (Columbus Dispatch, June 19, 2015)

Do you believe in Climate Change? (Episcopal Cafe, The Magazine, April 30, 2015) Written by OhIPL’s Technical Consultant, Craig Foster.

Church confronts climate change, calls it a moral issue (Newark Advocate, February 28, 2015) United Church of Granville’s fossil fuel divestment and participation in Ohio Interfaith Power and Light’s National Preach-In on Global Warming.

Going Green a Matter of Faith for Ohio Churches (Public News Service, Nov. 2014) As some churches around Ohio implement “green” initiatives, one is being recognized nationally for its energy-efficiency efforts. First Presbyterian Church of Athens received an award in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition, “Battle of the Buildings.”

Faith, greens, and green buildings topics at Earthkeeping Summit (National Catholic Reporter, Nov. 11, 2014. Written by Sharon Abercrombe). A wonderful article reviewing the Earthkeeping Summit, 2014.

Climate Change as a Matter of Faith in Ohio (Public News Service, January 17, 2014) A Public News Service broadcast about the Teach-In and the importance of scientists and faith leaders to work together.

Poor especially vulnerable to climate change (Columbus Dispatch Letter to the Editor submitted by The Rev. Craig Foster, November 13, 2013). On November 18, on a national call to all Interfaith Power and Light affiliates, Administrator Gina McCarthy referenced this Letter to the Editor and commended it!

Panel calls for climate change action (Columbus Dispatch, August 6, 2013)

Panel Addressing Ohio’s Response to Climate Change (Hannah Report, August 9, 2013)

Ohio Senators have rare opportunity-Energy Efficiency (Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 2, 2013)

Environmentalists tout church’s energy efficiency (Columbus Dispatch, March 21, 2013)

Ohio churches reflect on moral implications of climate change (Public News Service, Feb 7, 2013) Listen to this radio announcement about Ohio’s 2013 Preach-In which also gives a good overview of the work of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. Estimates are that the circulation of this radio spot reached 2,622,476 people!

Faith Communities pay close attention to climate change (Plain Dealer, October 13, 2012)

Singing Praises of Energy Savings (Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 2, 2012)

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland installs high-tech solar array (Plain Dealer, April 27, 2012)

Archdiocese Invests In Green Movement (Cincinnati Enquirer, July 20, 2010)

A Religious Response to Energy Efficiency: Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (Tony Bidinger, Green Energy Ohio News Magazine, Vol. 3, Iss. 2, June 2010)

Columbus Dispatch: Synagogue to hand out 4,000 low-energy bulbs (December 11, 2009, Meredith Heagney)

Columbus Dispatch: Churches Follow Bible of Green: Stewardship, meager finances made them early energy savers (August 7, 2009)

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio launches green initiatives (May 2009, Interchange)

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio: April 2009 Special Going Green Edition of Interchange – multiple articles

GEO News Magazine: Ohio Interfaith Power and Light at Southwest CEN Meeting (March 2009, p.12)

Episcopal Life Online: Diocese of Ohio launches successful campaign: “How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change an Episcopalian?” (August 15, 2008)

Family Perspectives Journal (National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers) article by Sr. Leanne Jablonski of the Marianist Environmental Education Center, Dayton: Environmental Stewardship: First the Facts (Fall 2008)

Catholic Times (Diocese of Columbus) Special Issue: The Church Answers the Call to Protect the Earth (July 2008) – multiple articles

Builders Exchange Magazine: Wooster Unitarian Universalist Church becomes nation’s first LEED Gold certified religious building (2007) Wooster UU Church Report Card