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Global Warming Task Force
   Chattanooga Chapter of Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light (TN-IPL)

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Global Warming Task Force members, Gene Hyde and June Coppinger got a warm reception from Mayor Ron Littlefield during their visit urging Chattanooga to join up with other U.S. cities in working on climate change issues. That day, Mayor Littlefield signed. Since then, group member Gene Hyde has been working closely with the mayor on bringing Chattanooga into compliance with features of the pact.


City joins pact aimed at curbing pollution

Chattanooga Times-Free Press, September 21, 2006


The agreement signed by Mayor Ron Littlefield calls for Chattanooga to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Chattanooga has joined 275 cities across the country in pledging to reduce carbon dioxide pollution with Mayor Ron Littlefield’s signing of the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.


The pact commits city governments to bringing their carbon dioxide emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. City forester Gene Hyde said Chattanooga would begin an "emissions inventory" to identify major government carbon dioxide sources. Mr. Hyde said the city has taken several steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, including the use of electric buses and the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with LED lights in traffic signals. In addition, since 1990 the city has added at least 5,000 trees, which absorb carbon dioxide, he said. "It could very well be we’ve already reached that (7 percent below 1990 levels) and need no further action,"


Mr. Hyde said. The climate agreement was initiated by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels in February 2005 and is endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Chattanooga Tree Commission in August urged Mr. Littlefield to sign the pact.  "I have always been a strong supporter of the environment, especially air pollution control," Mr. Littlefield said in a statement. "This Climate Protection Agreement moves us one step further by providing cleaner air for everyone in our region and in the entire country."



Special Thanks to Gene Hyde & June Coppinger on their excellent presentation to the Mayor



 Meetings & Events   

Chattanooga Interfaith Power & Light Global Warming Task Force regular
Monthly Meeting


Every 2nd Thursday of the month. 
Next meeting is Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 pm. 
: Chattanooga Zoo, 1101 McCallie Ave. From downtown,
take MLK Blvd. to Holtzclaw Street; turn left onto Holtzclaw; go to next light,
which is McCallie Avenue, and make a left. Warner Park is on the right.
Follow signs to the zoo.

For more info, contact 423-892-5237

ENERGY HUB Monthly Meeting


Every 4th Tuesday of the month. 
Next meetings are tentatively Tuesday,
July 24th & Aug. 27th
at 6 pm.
: Chattanooga CHOO CHOO.

For more info, contact 423-362-09287


Media Events


Stay tuned for local & national
media events on Global Warming
in the near future...



Please Schedule

Slide Show LIVE of Al Gore's
"An Inconvenient Truth"


Schedule a Special Presentation by Chattanooga Interfaith
Power & Light Global Warming Task Force, Baylor School's
Dawn Richardson or TVA's Tiffany Gibby

For more info, contact 423-892-5237

An Inconvenient Truth

FILM SCREENINGS (at church, work, civic group, school!) of "An Inconvenient Truth" and  "Kilowatt Ours."

We recommend all citizens view these movies immediately! You'll see the truth about Coal & Mountain Top Removal, Global Warming, how to save hundreds of dollars annually on energy bills, and how to become part of a network of homeowners and renters dedicated to striving for Net-Zero energy usage where they live.

Contact to schedule for your group!



Most Recent Global Warming Task Force Event:

"Party For the Planet" at Chattanooga Zoo
We Celebrated  Earth Day with
Spider-Man and Polar Bear Man! 

   April 22, 2007 --  Earth Day, 11am-4pm
Kids learned about our environment with fun activities including a special surprise visit with the real Spiderman from Marvel Comics and our very own Roger Davis aka "Polar Bear Man!"

Particpating organizations included: Sonic, Capital Toyota, Chattanooga Interfaith Power & Light Global Warming Task Force, TN Aquarium, Crabtree Farms, and Big Frog Mountain.

We created awareness to SAVE Drowning Polar Bears (on edge of extinction due to melting ice habitat) at our Interfaith Power & Light Global Warming Task Force DUNKING BOOTH!



PAST EVENTS PAGE -- link to just a few of our past events.

The Chattanooga InterFaith Power & Light- Global Warming Task Force has formed to address global climate change issues in our region from a religious perspective.  We believe it is a moral imperative for people to be responsible stewards of creation.  We believe that there are solutions and that we can make a positive difference.  Since our formation in the summer of 2006, we have sponsored a showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” as well as a public presentation by Reverend Sally Bingham, the Episcopal priest who founded the national Interfaith Power & Light and The Regeneration Project.  We have supported the Chattanooga mayor’s signing on to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, assisted with the effort to save curbside recycling, and established a spin off group addressing ways for Chattanooga to become an innovative future energy hub. You are invited to provide your talents, wisdom and enthusiasm for this vital work. Join us on the second Thursday of every month at the zoo.  Bring a snack and come to socialize at 6:30 p.m.  We begin the meeting at 7 p.m. 
-- Sandy    


Special Thanks to Sandy Kurtz for her ongoing support of our earth, and amazing leadership


 Interfaith  Power & Light
Global Warming Task Force


Who We Are - We are a non-profit initiative that helps congregations work for a healthier creation by reducing human actions that contribute to global warming. Join today and help us work for a better tomorrow!

     Programs: "What is Creation Care?"
        "How can I be a better steward?"
 "How can I get my congregation involved?"

     TN InterFaith Power & Light can set up educational    
     programs that will help answer these important questions. 
     For more information, contact
Rachel Matvy.


Mission Statement - Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light seeks to involve congregations of faith as Stewards of God's Creation by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related sustainable life practices.



Every mainstream religion has a mandate to care for creation.
We were given natural resources to sustain us, but we were also
given the r
esponsibility to act as good stewards
and preserve life for future generations." 

-- Rev. Sally Bingham
(founder of IPL and The Regeneration Project)


Special Thanks to Sally Bingham for national leadership creating InterFaith Power & Light

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The faith community has led every major movement in the US. 
No institution is more suited to preach clean air, water, and land
than the institution that professes a love of God
and God's creation.

--Reverend Sally Bingham
(founder of IPL & TRP)



 Interfaith  Power & Light
Global Warming Task Force

   Chattanooga Chapter of Tennessee InterFaith Power & Light (TN-IPL)

Tennessee InterFaith Power & Light
Interfaith Power & Light     The Regeneration Project

SANDY KURTZ, Chattanooga Leader: 423.892.5237
JIM DEMING, TN Stewardship Coordinator:

We are a non-profit initiative that helps congregations work for a healthier creation
by reducing human actions that contribute to global warming. Join today and work for a better tomorrow!