Leah Wiste at Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
Leah Wiste 1779sc

Leah Wiste

Leah Wiste's activity stream


  • donated 2022-03-22 13:38:16 -0400

  • published 2021 Year End Reflection in Blog 2021-12-28 13:32:21 -0500

    2021 Year End Reflection

    As 2021 draws to a close, I'm writing this to share with you where our issues stand and what I believe our movement of people of faith and conscience for climate justice must do next.  

    The possibility of a world where all beings can thrive has taken some big hits recently.

    The agreement coming out of COP 26—November’s global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland—has been called a “death sentence” for the poorest people on our planet. Our nation’s most ambitious investment in climate and communities to date, the Build Back Better Act, is now stalled in the Senate. Meanwhile, earlier this fall, a military budget that dwarfs any proposed climate spending was rubber stamped with bipartisan support and without fanfare.

    Thousands of starlings move together as one before resting for the night. Scientists hypothesize that they may do this to confuse predators and minimize individual risk. 

    Read more

  • published Haven House in Blog 2021-12-15 10:17:05 -0500

    Energy Savings at Haven House Mean Helping More Families

    At Haven House, every dollar saved on utilities can be put toward sheltering families and helping them on their paths toward stable homes. 

    Founded in 1983, Haven House’s emergency shelter facility was built in the 1950s, which meant there were a lot of opportunities to improve improve comfort and efficiency and lower operating costs.  

    If we can save money on our electric bill, then we can spend that money on helping our clients with moving costs.

    Representatives from Michigan IPL, the Islamic Center of East Lansing, Haslett Community Church, and University Lutheran Church present Haven House with a donation of $5,500 to be used toward energy improvements. 

    With a $5,500 donation from Haslett Community Church, University Lutheran Church, the Islamic Center of East Lansing, and Michigan IPL's Carbon Fund, Haven House made energy upgrades to its facility. They upgraded the lights in their emergency shelter to LEDs, installed energy efficient air conditioning, new windows, and additional insulation. 

    Read more

  • published Congregations Caring for Creation in Blog 2021-10-07 13:01:47 -0400


  • published A Rabbi's Reflection on Being an Eco Chaplain in Blog 2021-10-04 12:48:12 -0400

    A Rabbi's Reflection on Being an Eco Chaplain

    I had never thought in depth about my relationship with nature or anything having to do with the environment until the summer of 2013.

    At the time, I had just finished my second year of Rabbinic School and was spending the summer working as a Young Adult Interfaith Coordinator at the Chautauqua Institution, an education and arts community in southwestern New York state. Each week, we heard from speakers from around the country, who addressed themes from various religious and scientific perspectives. From clergy and scientists, we learned the creation stories of different cultures and about our roles at this point in the Universe’s history.

    One idea changed the trajectory of my life: humanity’s resourcefulness, creativity, and wisdom have not only brought unimaginable blessings to the world, but these same strengths have made us so destructive to other species and our very own habitat that we are unleashing a global extinction.

    Read more

  • published Cultivating Community in Blog 2021-10-04 12:45:05 -0400

    Cultivating Community


    At Sunnyside UMC, garden manager Rachelle Yeaman tells the story of the Growing Community Garden, a collaboration with Fresh Fire AME Church, as tour-goers gather under the welcome shade of a centrally located maple tree.

    Recognizing that, in work at the intersection of racial and environmental justice, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships are key, Hope for Creation (MIIPL’s southwest Michigan affiliate) is building connections around shared interests in working the soil.

    With the support of generous grants from the Congregation of St. Joseph and the Mesara Family Foundation, we are engaging master gardeners and other volunteers in our member congregations to develop partnerships in neighborhoods facing food insecurity, with the twin goals of expanding capacity to produce healthy food and safe neighborhoods and of building lasting healing relationships between people of faith from diverse communities. Our focus in 2021 is supporting collaboration in neighborhoods that are environmental hot-spots in Kalamazoo and fostering connections between established and emerging gardening efforts.

    Read more

  • published Watershed Moment in Programs 2021-09-08 12:38:29 -0400

    Watershed Moment

    Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021
    from 6:30-7:45pm

    #1 - Water Stewardship and Justice: An Interfaith Dialogue

    With Rev. Roslyn Bouier, Imam Mustapha Elturk, and Rabbi Nate DeGroot

    View the recording: https://youtu.be/LjqADRL2EGs 
    Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021
    from 2-4pm

    #2 - Putting Faith into Action: Reducing your Drainage Fee, Installing Rain Gardens, and more

    With Rev. Glen Hodges, Steve Wasko, Dr. Alan Hoback, and Rondi Brower

    In person event, no recording available
    Monday, Nov. 22, 2021
    from 6-7:30pm

    #3 - Uncharted Waters: Suburban and Urban Faith Communities and our Regional Responsibility

    With Fr. Bill Danaher, Pastor Charles Christian Adams, and Palencia Mobley

    View the recording:
    https://youtu.be/0bd3vTQyscM 

    One of our goals for the Watershed Moment series is to get more faith communities talking about issues of water protection and water justice and to see these as core areas of concern that emerge from their holy texts. Click here to receive resources from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions to help you spark or deepen this conversation in your community:


    We are grateful to our co-sponsors: People's Water Board Coalition, Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Movement, the Islamic Organization of North America, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, the National Wildlife Federation, Michigan Welfare Rights OrganizationHazon DetroitBrightmoor Connection, the American Human Rights Council, and the Land and Water Works Coalition


  • published Capital Area Chapter in Get Involved 2021-08-31 13:26:08 -0400

    Capital Area Chapter

    What is our response, as people from faith communities, to the challenges of climate change and racial injustice? Individually, our houses of worship have already begun to highlight a path to a renewable future. Together, we can do much more! 

    Members of congregations from the Lansing area are joining together to promote transformative climate action in our community. Currently we are working with our partners at the Southside Community Coalition to support this organization’s environmental impact in South Lansing by building a rooftop solar project that will drive their program with 100% renewable energy!

    The South Side Community Coalition has met and exceeded its Green Energy Project $35,000 fundraising goal! We expect the solar panels will be installed in late winter/early spring and celebrated around Earth Day (4/21/22). Read more here.

    The Capital Area Chapter's efforts currently involve members from the Presbyterian Church of Okemos, Haslett Community Church, Edgewood Church, the Islamic Center of East Lansing, First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, All Saints Episcopal Church, University Lutheran Church, and Kehillat Israel.

    Contact David Arnosti ([email protected]) to join the email list and get involved!


  • We Need the Strongest Possible Clean Car Standards to Meet this Moment

    Today, I spoke at an EPA hearing about the draft Clean Car standards proposed earlier this month. This is my testimony:

    My name is Leah Wiste, and I’m the Executive Director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light. We work with over 300 member congregations throughout the state, which comprise thousands of people of faith and conscience committed to bold climate action and protecting our communities.  Thank you for allowing me to offer testimony today.

    When President Biden announced the draft tailpipe emissions standards earlier this month, Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee offered a strange kind of praise, saying “This is sort of a Goldilocks goal… Not too much, not too little. It’s just right.” But it’s clear that the time has passed for moderate, “not too much, not too little” policy.

     

    Read more

  • published Cultivating Community in Hope for Creation Blog 2021-07-15 09:49:21 -0400

    Cultivating Community


    At Sunnyside UMC, garden manager Rachelle Yeaman tells the story of the Growing Community Garden, a collaboration with Fresh Fire AME Church, as tour-goers gather under the welcome shade of a centrally located maple tree.

    Recognizing that, in work at the intersection of racial and environmental justice, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships are key, Hope for Creation (MiIPL’s southwest Michigan affiliate) is building connections around shared interests in working the soil.

    With the support of generous grants from the Congregation of St. Joseph and the Mesara Family Foundation, we are engaging master gardeners and other volunteers in our member congregations to develop partnerships in neighborhoods facing food insecurity, with the twin goals of expanding capacity to produce healthy food and safe neighborhoods and of building lasting healing relationships between people of faith from diverse communities. Our focus in 2021 is supporting collaboration in neighborhoods that are environmental hot-spots in Kalamazoo and fostering connections between established and emerging gardening efforts.

    Read more

  • published Hope for Creation Blog in Blog 2021-07-15 09:45:27 -0400

    Cultivating Community
    Posted by · July 15, 2021 9:49 AM · 1 reaction

    See all posts

  • published Events 2021-07-09 21:31:03 -0400

  • published Energy Stewardship 2021-05-28 15:00:39 -0400

    Energy Stewardship

    Michigan Interfaith Power & Light is helping congregations who have already received a free Energy Analysis take the next steps in your energy stewardship journey: 

    Earn $

     

    Save $

    with House of Worship Rewards

     

    with Discounts and Rebates

    Your congregation can earn up to $5,000 by helping members and friends save energy at home with a free Home Energy Analysis offered by Consumers Energy. Residents receive free installation of energy saving upgrades.

    St. Margaret of Scotland Church in St. Clair Shores earned $2,000 by helping members and friends save energy at home.

     

    Because of state energy legislation, discounts and rebates on energy-saving projects-- from lighting and refrigeration to HVAC-- are available through Consumers Energy. These can cover up to 100% of the cost of some projects.

    New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Saginaw got 60% off new lighting. This not only cuts energy bills, it also makes the building feel fresh and bright.

     



  • published Evict Enbridge in Blog 2021-05-10 17:15:44 -0400

    Evict Enbridge: Events This Week!

    Last fall, Gov. Whitmer ordered Enbridge to shut down Line 5-- the 68-year-old pipeline that sits on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac-- by May 12.  

    Enbridge, the company responsible for the pipeline that burst in 2010 causing nearly 1,000,000 gallons of tar sands crude to flow into the Kalamazoo River, has vowed to continue operations in defiance of Whitmer's order

    If you, like us, believe that corporations have no business risking our Great Lakes and our last shot at a livable climate for the sake of making a buck, I hope you'll find a way to plug in to this week's outdoor and socially-distanced events in Detroit, Lansing and Mackinaw City!  
    Read more

  • published Southwest MI Chapter in Get Involved 2021-03-02 11:50:27 -0500

    Southwest MI Chapter

    Hope for Creation made and distributed
    hundreds of Earth Day kits for Kids in 2020.
    Styrofoam Collection Team
    Hope for Creation volunteers at the City of Kalamazoo's first polystyrene recycling drop-off in 2021.
    HFC logo Michigan IPL has a Southwest MI regional chapter: Hope for Creation Hope for Creation is a grassroots inter-religious group working to encourage and support faith-based action on climate change in greater Kalamazoo. 

    Getting involved in Hope for Creation connects you (and your congregation or faith-based organization) with others across the region and is a symbol of your congregation’s commitment to Earth stewardship and climate action.

    What are the benefits of being part of Hope for Creation?
    • Information and support for reducing your carbon footprint through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable practices. 
    • Connections with technical experts, peer communities, and relevant programs.
    • Guidance on starting and maintaining a congregational Green/Justice Team.
    • Up-to-date information about issues that affect the health of our communities and our common home, along with opportunities to advocate for systemic change.
    • Avenues to celebrate and promote the ways your house of worship has sustained the earth and to contribute to shared local conservation and sustainability efforts.
    • Opportunities to work with, worship with, and advocate alongside other people of faith who are champions of Earth stewardship in their congregations and in the public sphere.

    To get involved with Hope for Creation, email [email protected]

    You can also like Hope for Creation on Facebook and check out their YouTube channel.




  • published Webinars in Resources 2021-02-23 13:29:56 -0500

    Energy Stewardship Webinar Series

    Each month we're spotlighting the story of one congregation that put their faith values into action by reducing energy waste in their building. We hope these stories and the resources our speakers share will help inspire and equip other congregations to continue their own energy stewardship journeys.  

    Check this page or sign up for our e-newsletters to learn about upcoming webinars. 

    Past Energy Stewardship Webinars

    Energy Stewardship with Victorious Believers Ministries, 6/8/21

    In this webinar, Ellis Burns, Facilities Manager and longtime member of Victorious Believers Ministries in Saginaw shared:
    • how the church upgraded their parking lot lighting and in the gymnasium
    • how incentives from Consumers Energy assisted in lowering the project cost
    • how they are on track to upgrade the lighting in the sanctuary with LEDs

    Slides from this webinar can be viewed here

     

    Energy Stewardship: Applying for Rebates 101, 5/6/21

    In order to move Michigan to a cleaner energy future, state energy legislation requires our large utilities to help their customers (at home and in their houses of worship and businesses) reduce their energy waste. Less energy waste means less fossil fuel use, cleaner air, and smaller energy bills. In order to achieve this, utilities including Consumers Energy offer discounts and rebates on energy efficiency products and services. 

    In this webinar, Mike Olsen, an Energy Advisor with Consumers Energy's Business Energy Efficiency Programs, will walk us through the process-- step-by-step-- of applying for and receiving rebates for energy saving projects at your house of worship. 

    Slides from this webinar can be viewed here

     

    Energy Stewardship with Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, 4/13/21

    Royal Oak First United Methodist Church is close to finishing a $4.5 million dollar renovation to their historic building. In the course of this renovation, the church worked hard to reduce the building's reliance on fossil fuels through energy efficiency and solar energy while ensuring a healthful indoor environment and taking advantage of utility discounts and rebates. In this webinar, Bob Prud'homme, LEED AP and Coordinator for Creation Care Ministries, shares about how the church: 

    • worked through challenges and opportunities to get the church leadership on board with a green renovation
    • upgraded lighting in their historic sanctuary (built in 1917) and throughout their facilities
    • made their boiler plant and air conditioning systems more efficient
    • prepared for the installation of a 20 kW solar array 

    Slides from this webinar can be viewed here

     

    Energy Stewardship with University Lutheran Church, 3/4/21

    Pastor Gary Bunge, and Judy Kindel and Dale Romsos the Earthkeeping Team at University Lutheran Church in East Lansing share how their church put their faith into action by upgrading to LED lighting (which reduced their electricity use by 40%) and installing solar. Overall, ULC is now using 56% less fossil fuels than they were in 2016/17. They also share how incentives from Consumers Energy covered over half of the cost of the lighting upgrade. 

    This webinar was co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

    Slides can be viewed here


  • donated 2020-02-06 16:59:05 -0500


connect