HISTORY & MISSION
West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light is a state affiliate of the national Interfaith Power & Light organization which was founded in 1998. Our West Virginia affiliate began its work in 2015 with informational meetings in Wheeling, Charleston, Huntington, and Beckley, and continued with the sponsorship or co-sponsorship of related events in the Charleston region until we received official status with a seed grant award from the national office in the spring of 2017. From 2017 to the present day we have expanded our steering committee to include members from Huntington to the Eastern Panhandle, collaborated with numerous statewide organizations, hosted or cosponsored numerous educational events, and continue to expand our reach and spread across our beautiful Mountain State!
The mission of WV Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to climate change through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Our intention is to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy and a clean environment for all.
As a Central Appalachian state which is strongly tied to the fossil fuel and chemical industries, we know that our work is both a great challenge and greatly needed. We seek to build a coalition of faith-based voices throughout our beautiful state who will actively engage in the work of preserving the clean air, water and general environment on which we all depend.