Faith-Based Climate Action 8/26/23

Tribal Clean Energy Programs Will Benefit From New Tax Credits

RFP – Geothermal development strategy in Lakeview, Oregon

The Clean Energy Future Is Arriving Faster Than You Think

LanzaTech: ‘We’re converting pollution into packaging’

Wealthy oil nation lays groundwork for ‘eye-popping’ climate fund

Wind-powered cargo ship sets sail in a move to make shipping greener 

ClearVue releases results from first long-term study of clear solar glass

This Solar Farm in California Promises 225 GWh of Energy for EVs

Solar Up 20X, Fossil Fuel Use Down In California

University of Cincinnati founds School of Environmental and Sustainability Studies


Bringing sustainable and affordable electricity to all

Growing The Geothermal Energy Workforce — 1st Cohort In US DOE’s INTERN Program

Colorado Adopts Its First Building Energy Performance Standard

If you have only 10 minutes this month to do something about climate change, you can still make a significant impact!  Join with thousands of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) members and advocate for climate solution legislation.  CCL is specifically asking members of Congress to cosponsor the Increased TSP Access Act (S.1400/H.R.3036), which already has both Republican and Democratic support.

What is TSP Access and why is it relevant to climate change?   Farmers, ranchers, and forest-owners are on the front lines of climate change, and they can also play a large role in mitigating its effects through resilient and climate-smart practices.  We must make sure that farmers, ranchers, and forest-owners have access to the technical expertise they need to fully utilize agricultural and forestry conservation programs.     

Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are certified workers who help people understand and use federal climate-smart agriculture and conservation programs.  This bi-partisan bill would address the shortage of Technical Service Providers, making it easier for farmers and forest-owners to take advantage of federal conservation programs that keep their land resilient and healthy.

Take action now by writing a quick email to your members of Congress asking them to cosponsor.

There is no more important climate work than the influencing of legislation and policy, whether at the national, state, or local level. Climate Action Opportunities, refreshed weekly on Saturdays, provides three or four curated, quick opportunities to do just that.

To help assess the engagement of UUFC members and friends in faith-based climate action and to encourage such action, please anonymously  <Share> the number of the actions below you take this week. Optionally, you may  anonymously also share other recent climate action. 

The organizations whose calls to action we amplify, and the number from each organization, are listed <here>

Sat 26 Aug

Environment Oregon

Protect Kelp Forests:  America’s kelp forests provide crucial habitat for wildlife including seals, sea otters and octopuses. But warming oceans, pollution and unchecked populations of kelp-eating sea urchins are rapidly degrading these underwater forests. We’re calling on President Biden to conserve all of our country’s kelp forests. Send a message to the president 

Interfaith Power & Light

Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Standards: Passenger vehicles are a major contributor to climate pollution. This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the opportunity to propose new federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles sold in 2027 and beyond.  Submit your comment to NHTSA 

Nature Conservancy

Conserve America’s Forests:  Catastrophic wildfires, pests and diseases are decimating forest land across the country.  Without stronger conservation policies and programs, we could lose even more.  Without healthy forests, the clean air and water, habitat, recreation and timber they provide is at risk. Their loss would be a massive blow to the economy and a setback in the fight to store carbon and keep climate change in check.  That’s why The Nature Conservancy is calling on Congress to support strong forest conservation programs in the upcoming Farm Bill. Email your U.S. Senators & Representative.

Tue 29 Aug, 1:00 PM, online  

Federal Clean Energy Funding:  Our UU  faith calls us to work to ensure the people most impacted by climate change benefit most from clean energy funds. Join Sylvia Chi, Just Solutions Collective; Sonia Kikeri, Emerald Cities Collaborative; Jamal Lewis, Rewiring America; and Miguel Yanez, Energy and Environmental Study Institute to learn how your congregation can put your faith into action to advance visionary approaches to clean energy funding with justice at the center. Register 

Thu 7 Sep, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, online

Inflation Reduction Act Resources to Help You Electrify Your Home:  

Interfaith Power and Light Webinar. Jamal Lewis, Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification for Rewiring America, joins us for a conversation on electrification, what it looks like, and what federal resources are available to help you do it. Learn more about the incentives that will be available to help make your home healthier and more efficient.  Register