Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Georgia’s only faith-based environmental nonprofit, has named Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2015. GIPL engages the over 15,000 houses of worship across the state in sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship as a witness to faith.
Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, a 2006 graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and ordained Presbyterian minister, is a seasoned advocate for environmental concerns and champion for faith-based eco-action. Rev. McGregor Mosley came on board with GIPL through its merger with Earth Covenant Ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2011. In her role as Director of Congregational Outreach, she led the organization’s outreach efforts and program development for faith-based sustainability.
Under her leadership as interim executive director for the past five months, GIPL has continued its collaboration with even more congregations, environmental organizations, businesses, and other non-profits across Georgia, confronting the environmental challenges of our time as moral and ethical issues.
Since its inception in 2003, GIPL has provided complimentary or low-cost energy audits for religious buildings and schools across the state, saving these institutions thousands of dollars that can be redirected from utility bills to mission critical programs.
In addition, GIPL supports congregations as they embrace energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction through recycling programs, and provides resources for worship, including curricula and certification programs.
To date, the Creation Wise program, GIPL’s free green certification program for faith communities, has certified 12 congregations in Georgia. Over 200 congregations have benefited from the program’s five focused initiatives: Power Wise, Buy Wise, Dirt Wise, Water Wise, and Waste Wise. Through the Power Wise program alone, GIPL has provided low-cost, professional energy audits of over 211 facilities, helping cut over 9 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere.
“We're delighted to have Kate move into the Executive Director position,” says GIPL Board Director and Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, Dr. Mark Douglas. “She's been valuable as a staff member and invaluable as our interim executive director. The Board looks forward to working with her as GIPL helps faith communities become models of sustainability and stewardship in Georgia and beyond.”
“I'm honored to have been selected to lead GIPL into its next decade,” says Rev. McGregor Mosley.
“We have some important work ahead of us. The environmental picture could look very grim but people of faith are in the business of hope. We bring a much-needed perspective of the issues at hand and the work needed to be done. I look forward to working together with GIPL's Board of Directors and our community partners to shape hopeful action in response to the environmental challenges we face."