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Indiana Interchurch Center Awarded Major Grant

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INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, November 1, 2010, the Indiana Interchurch Center was awarded a major grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The Center will participate in the Community Conservation Challenge program which encourages non-profit entities to increase energy efficiency, create jobs, and raise public awareness on the value of energy conservation.

IIC’s project, titled Many Traditions, One Home: Greening Faith Communities in Indiana,  has four primary goals: (1) to make substantial energy improvements to the building by adding a new, state-of-the-art HVAC control system, applying a white coating to the roof, adding a solar installation, upgrading parking lot lights, and adding sustainable landscaping features; (2) to increase energy awareness and education by hosting webinars for churches, synagogues, and mosques on how to assess, plan, and manage green projects at their local sites; (3) to demonstrate green technologies by showcasing the energy upgrades in the IIC and hosting workshops and luncheons to introduce congregations to different technologies, and (4) to create green jobs by developing interfaith teams that will assist congregations in assessing their energy usage and designing and managing green projects.

Collaboration is key to ensuring that this opportunity makes a real impact for Indiana congregations. The IIC will be working with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation to develop and host the educational aspects of the project, and as part of that partnership, the CIC will host a luncheon for area organizations focusing on earth care from a faith perspective. One outcome of that planned luncheon is to create an online community where Indiana faith groups can share information and resources related to ongoing green efforts.

Mel Jolliff, executive director of the IIC, said, “I believe the original intent of the Interchurch Center was to help people of faith in Indiana connect. Taking responsibility for creation’s resources and being prudent with donated money are issues that each of us can value.” Being able to serve Indiana faith communities by providing education and partnership in “going green” enables the IIC to make an impact that will benefit area congregations and demonstrate good stewardship of our shared natural resources.

About the Indiana Interchurch Center: The Indiana Interchurch Center (IIC) was built in 1967 during a peak in the ecumenical movement to create a shared space for different denominations to work together under a common roof. Today the building is headquarters to many large communities of faith and more than 4,000 people visit the Center each year to attend educational workshops, conferences and celebrations. Tenants of the IIC include the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Indiana Muslim Alliance, the Church World Service of Indiana and Kentucky, the International Interfaith Initiative, the Synod of Lincoln Trails (Presbyterian Church USA), the United Church of Christ, Indiana/Kentucky Conference, the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, and the Greater Indianapolis Church Federation, as well as other religious, educational, and civic organizations.

The Christian Church in Indiana is one of the five owners of the Indiana Interchurch Center.  Regional Minister Rick Spleth serves as President of the Board of Directors.


Written by ccindiananews

November 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

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