In case you missed it, our February Learning Lab was all about going solar! We were delighted to host insightful discussions with our esteemed panelists from Interfaith Power and Light, Solar Landscape, and The Climate Access Fund; shedding light on the various solar options available. Listen to the recording HERE and learn about exclusive offers with our special invite-only code if you're considering solar!

Solar panels present an opportunity for congregations to embrace sustainability and stewardship of the Earth. By harnessing sunlight to generate electricity, solar panels offer a clean and renewable alternative to traditional fossil fuels, aligning with the values of environmental stewardship and Creation Care of many religious organizations. This technology, which converts sunlight into direct current electricity through photovoltaic cells, allows faith-based institutions to reduce their carbon footprint and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices.

But what if you can't install solar panels on your property? Fear not! Community solar, on the other hand, allows individuals or organizations to subscribe to a shared solar energy system located off-site. This approach enables those who may not have suitable rooftops or property for solar panel installation to still benefit from solar energy. Subscribers receive credits on their utility bills for the electricity generated by their share of the community solar project. By participating in community solar, individuals can support renewable energy initiatives and reduce their carbon footprint while contributing to a more sustainable future for their community and the planet as a whole.

Thanks to Solar Landscape, anyone paying an energy bill to BGE or Pepco MD can subscribe to a community solar project nearby. By joining Solar Landscape, you not only lock in a discount for your electricity every month but also become part of a vibrant local solar community dedicated to preserving our beloved Chesapeake region. Plus, for each person who signs up for this program using the invite code IPC2024, a donation will be made to support Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake's vital work.

Have questions or ready to join? Email [email protected] to learn more!

Looking ahead, let's embrace the coming spring by transforming our gardens into pollinator paradises! Join us for next month's webinar, where experts will share valuable insights on creating an oasis for native pollinators. Learn how your garden can benefit the environment and register HERE today!

In the Chesapeake region, native plants play a crucial role in supporting local ecosystems and promoting biodiversity. Unlike non-native species, native plants have evolved alongside native pollinators and wildlife over thousands of years, forming intricate relationships that are essential for ecosystem health. By incorporating native plants into our gardens, we can provide essential habitat and food sources for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds. Additionally, native plants are well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, requiring less water and maintenance compared to exotic species. They also help prevent soil erosion, filter pollutants from water runoff, and support a wide range of other native wildlife species. By embracing native plants in our gardens, we not only create beautiful and resilient landscapes but also contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the preservation of the unique natural heritage of the Chesapeake region.

Sign up for our March Learning Lab on turning your garden into a pollinator paradise and stay tuned for updates on our full speaker lineup  get ready to welcome spring with open arms!