South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL) is inspired by diverse faith perspectives to respond to climate change and to care for the Earth and all its inhabitants by engaging people of faith to work together for a just and sustainable future.
We do this by: engaging with faith communities to grow their understanding of climate justice and how they can respond to climate change and environmental justice in their homes, houses of worship, and communities; educating ministers and lay leaders in building their climate justice ministry; promoting energy efficiency through energy audits and a mini-grants program for houses of worship; collaborating with other organizations to develop and influence environmental justice policy; and organizing with vulnerable communities to advocate for equitable environmental policies.
South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL) was founded in 2011 as an affiliate of the National Interfaith Power and Light organization to serve faith communities through environmental action, awareness, and resources. It originally operated under Wofford College’s Center for Global & Community Engagement, and was adopted by Sustaining Way in 2017. SCIPL is the only statewide faith-based organization focusing on environmental issues. As such, it is uniquely situated to work with South Carolina’s faith community to increase environmental awareness and promote sustainable action. Today, SCIPL is a growing network of diverse faith communities committed to environmental stewardship.