October 27, 2010
MIDDLETOWN -- Connecticut Interfaith Power and Light announces the first annual Ripple Awards at First Church of Christ, 190 Court St. in Middletown Nov. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Ripple Awards is the first annual celebration of the houses of worship and faith around Connecticut who have learned and implemented energy saving strategies at their property. Teams from nearly 200 Connecticut congregations are invited to tell the story – in word, poster or photo – of the efforts they have undertaken. Many teams are graduates of CTIPL’s This Old House of Worship. Some have also worked with the utility companies and private vendors to study and implement their upgrades. Two of the regional groups which took This Old House of Worship also initiated municipal level action on climate change in their towns. These two groups, Willimantic Area Interfaith Ministries and Wethersfield Interfaith Green Committee, will be honored for their climate change leadership.
This year’s Ripple Award honoree is Canon Jack Spaeth of the Connecticut Episcopal Diocese. Spaeth was on the committee which originally created This Old House of Worship. He has been at the cutting edge of responsible land and energy use for the Episcopal Diocese for many years. He has initiated every useful upgrade at his home facility and has encouraged and empowered others to do so as well. The Ripple Award – named for the IPL in the middle AND the idea of creating RIPPLES go to Jack Spaeth.
Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, Amey Marrella will present the awards. In addition, Wadi Muhammad of the Environmental Protection Agency for the New England region will tell us how to participate in a federal recognition program, Energy Start for Congregations.