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Nebraska and Iowa IPL are partnering to bring Cool Congregations to Omaha on October 28! If you are in Western Iowa, Join us! We have room for 4 Iowa congregations at this special event! Contact Sarah at to apply for a spot for a team from your congregation. Click here for more information on this particular event.

Make your congregation a Cool Congregation!

Iowa IPL’s Cool Congregations educational workshops offer the resources you need to cut the carbon in your own life and congregation.

Add a new twist to your stewardship commitments …

  • Pledge to care for Creation
  • Prevent pollution
  • Save money

Attend a training workshop!

Learn how to guide your congregants through the process:

  • Calculate your carbon footprint
  • Find ways to reduce it
  • Pledge these reductions to your faith community

Bring a team from your congregation! It’s a great way to form a new or renewed Green Team.

 Training Includes:

  • Cool Congregations e-book
  • Additional resources including slides for your educational programming
  • Cool Congregations Carbon Calculator designed especially for Iowa

 You will receive a checklist to assess your own energy use once you register. Please fill it out with your own energy use history and bring it to the workshop so we can calculate your footprint.

Download a brochure to share with your congregation.

If your congregation is interesting in hosting a Cool Congregations workshop, please contact Sarah Paulos at for more information.

About Cool Congregations

People of faith across Iowa are doing their part to respond to climate change and saving hundreds of dollars in the process. Cool Congregations is an Earth stewardship program designed to teach individuals how to reduce their energy use in their homes and places of worship. Since it began in January of 2007, participants from over 275 congregations have attended these workshops to learn how to conduct a Cool Congregations program in their own faith community. Participating households:DM First Unitarian

  • Invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Save money on their utility bills
  • Prevent carbon pollution from the atmosphere

They do this by attending a series of small group meetings where they:

The program encourages a 10% goal, like a traditional tithe. A reduction of 10% may not sound like much, but if all Iowans did this we would prevent the amount of pollution caused by 604,000 average cars in a year, roughly one third of Iowa’s present car fleet! It’s also the same as the greenhouse gasses released by one 750 megawatt coal-fired power plant. The mission of Cool Congregations is to inspire and educate people to be faithful stewards of creation by responding to climate change through energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Its goal is protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all. We hope you will join us in this mission!

If your congregation is interesting in hosting a Cool Congregations workshop, please contact Sarah Paulos at for more information.

The Cool Congregations calculator can be used to measure the carbon footprint of your congregational facility as well. Download a tip sheet of 14 Simple Ways to Save Energy and Money to get started on cutting the carbon in your congregational facility.

Materials for Cool Congregration registrants (password protected)