Vermont Interfaith Power and Light has announced that matching grants for renewable energy projects are now available through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program to Christian churches in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The program was established by Dr. Paul Gerke in memory of his wife, Dr. Katy Gerke. Vermont Interfaith Power and Light administers the program.

The project aims to improve the energy efficiency of Christian churches. The program earlier enabled churches to have professional energy audits and to undertake cost-effective energy efficiency projects. 

Since the Katy Gerke Memorial Program began in 2014, more than $57,000 worth of matching grants have been issued to 19 faith communities. 

In addition, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light will hold its annual conference, “A Just Economy to Achieve Climate Goals,” on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. The keynote speaker will be George Lakey, author of “Viking Economics.” The conference includes workshops, a catered lunch, sponsors’ exhibits and music.

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