Greenville, SC – South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL) has hired Dean Adams as program coordinator. SCIPL’s mission is inspired by diverse faith perspectives to care for the Earth and all its inhabitants. SCIPL addresses climate change by engaging people of faith to work together for a just and sustainable future. SCIPL offers programs and resources for advocacy, action, energy conservation, education, networking and worship. SCIPL operates as a program of Sustaining Way, an interfaith nonprofit that uses education, collaboration, and workforce development to empower communities to cultivate a sustainable and equitable future.
“We are delighted to have Dean join our team,” says Rick Joye, Sustaining Way’s founder and board chairman. “Her experience and passion will be a tremendous asset in our mission to educate and engage South Carolina’s faith community in addressing some of our biggest environmental challenges.”
Dean Adams brings over twenty years experience in communications and marketing to the position. A native of the upstate who has also lived in Charleston and Columbia, she recently returned to SC after ten years in Austin, Texas. There she founded a public relations firm and worked with nonprofits, small businesses, artists and musicians. For over twenty years she has led community writing workshops, and in 2017 was chosen as faculty-in-residence for N.E.W. Leadership Texas at the University of Texas, a national nonpartisan political training program for college women. Her writing credits include The Austin American-Statesman and Austin Monthly Magazine, as well as columns for The Post and Courier, The Free Times, Skirt magazine and others.
SCIPL’s recent advocacy work includes partnering with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Consumer Reports, AARP, and Sustaining Way on the successful campaign against large energy fee hikes from Duke Energy and Duke Progress. Adams recently visited DC and met with staff of US Senators Graham and Scott’s offices regarding current legislation such as the Driving America Forward Act and The Reclaim Act.
Last year’s winning congregations of SCIPL’s 2018/19 Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge Program successfully made facility upgrades with estimated savings of $33,000 over ten years on their energy bills. Congregations awarded for 2019 are St. Thaddeus Episcopal (Aiken), Forest Lake Presbyterian (Columbia), and Trinity Worldwide Missions (Charleston). SCIPL is working to raise funding for another challenge in late 2019.
Founded in 2011 by Dr. Ron Robinson, Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion at Wofford College, SCIPL became a program of Sustaining Way in 2017. The now national Interfaith Power & Light effort began in 1998 as a unique coalition of churches aggregated to purchase renewable energy on the west coast. In 2000, this effort broadened its focus, brought in other faith partners, and currently there are 40 state IPL affiliates, representing over 20,000 congregations.
Sustaining Way was founded in 2012. In partnership with over 35 local organizations, ranging from universities to churches to nonprofits to businesses to government agencies, Sustaining Way’s unique community-based approach to sustainability includes a demonstration site strategically located in an underserved community and on-site community coordinators. Sustaining Way’s flagship project, Annie’s House, implements Sustaining Way’s model in the historic Nicholtown community of Greenville, South Carolina.