Join us in supporting a Maryland bill that aims to strengthen forest conservation!
Sign the petition here. www.interfaithchesapeake.org/forestpetition. Help us reach 350 signatures!
Many congregations have already stopped using Styrofoam at their facilities because it is the right thing to do. Has yours?
Click HERE to add your congregation's name to this list and let's show Maryland Legislators that going a new thing -- like finding alternative materials instead of Styrofoam for our church events -- is possible.
Over 30 congregations in the Jones Falls watershed in Baltimore City/County have committed to taking action to improve the health of their community. Check out this article that appears in the Bay Journal featuring Chizuk Amuno's work and this Baltimore Sun article about Govan's Presbyterian Church's recent groundbreaking.
IPC is working with the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) to help reach young adults, ages 18-25, to apply to be Chesapeake Conservation Corps interns. These full-time paid internships will place applicants at host organizations that focus on improving the environment.Read more
Up to $5,000 Available for Congregations Education, Green Infrastructure & More
IPC is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) to help congregations learn about their Community Engagement Mini Grant program through webinars and a workshop.Read more
Free Consulting to help your Congregation Care for Creation AND Save Money
All property owners in Prince George’s County pay a Clean Water Act fee, but houses of worship can reduce their fee by up to 100%. If you're not sure if you're paying a fee, or you don't know how to reduce it, you need this one-on-one consulting support!Read more
The faith community has spoken! Nine (9) bishops, conference leaders and other denominational leaders signed this letter stating they demand a ban on fracking. Our faith reminds us that we are a Creation that grows and flourishes together as one interconnected web of life. No human, plant, or animal is less rightfully a part of that web of life than another. And yet the practice of fracking leaves a few burdened with environmental pollution and health risks – an imbalance in this web of life. Click HERE to read their letter.
Your Elected Officials Need to Hear from Faithful Voices
Check out our Advocacy Page HERE
Learn about Environmental Priorities
Where You Can Make a Difference
There is an immediate call to action on the Ban on Styrofoam:
- we need you and fellow congregants to call your representatives
- we have a template letter up on the website for you to use for your phone script or to send to your representative
- the Lobby Day for the foam ban is in February 8th and you can join us by RSVPing HERE -- we will help you set up meetings with your representative so that you can tell them you support this bill
Grant Funding Available for Congregations to Answer the Call for Healing Creation-Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake Can Help Your Congregation NOW! Attend A FREE Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Writing Workshop or Webinar. Click HERE for the promotional flyer you can share. Click HERE for more details and to register for one of 2 different dates. Click HERE to view a recorded session of the last webinar.
"Efforts to safeguard and cherish the environment need to be infused with a vision of the sacred." Carl Sagan. Read these three amazing articles just published in the newest issue of the Chesapeake Quarterly. Click HERE to learn IPC’s compelling story. Read HERE about Empowering Believers Church’s inspiring environmental journey out of the flood waters. Click HERE for a fascinating read and real eye opener for anyone wishing to have a greater understanding of the linkage between science and faith in “Crisis of Faith – The Case for Religious Environmentalism”.
Tips on Grant Writing. Click HERE to see the slide presentation from the Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Writing Workshop. This workshop was offered free of charge through Blue Water Congregations, a program of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, Blue Water Baltimore and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-609-6852 with questions.
Save Some "GREEN"
Baltimore congregations - have you applied for your stormwater utility fee reduction? If not, please visit our Blue Water Congregations page for instructions how to get this done.
Prince George's County congregations - you need to sign up for the Alternative Compliance Program by March 15th to put your fees on hold for the following year. Click here for more information!
-Penn State University has assembled several great videos that explain some of the most complicated urban runoff problems, and what different community groups are doing about them.
Congregations Needed to Plant Trees in Montgomery & Prince George's Counties Got Grass? Plant FREE trees instead. Through Trees for Sacred Places you can have a BIG impact on your environment, host a GREAT community building and beautifying event on any faith owned property in Montgomery & Prince George's counties and throughout Maryland that can accommodate 60+ trees. If there isn't enough space available you can team up with another congregation. Don't own your property or have no free space? We can put a team of your volunteers to work. Check out our full webpage HERE.