Staff and Volunteers of WIPL
| WIPL is
almost entirely a volunteer effort and is supported by more than 1,000
persons, both lay and clergy, representing hundreds of congregations
in the state of Wisconsin. From its inception in 1999 and for the first
three years, WIPL was staffed by a ¼ time
employee, Rev. Dave Steffenson, who coordinated the work of our highly
committee and volunteers throughout the state. In February 2003, Wisconsin
Interfaith IMPACT hired two new part time staff coordinators, Chris and
In May of 2004, with the help of a major grant from the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation of Madison, WIPL separated from IMPACT and re-organized as an independent entity. Sarah Streed was chosen to be the new Executive Director and the Rev. Dave Steffenson, founder of the group, continued as the Education Coordinator. The office was relocated to Stoughton, Wisconsin. WIPL is a nonprofit Wisconsin corporation and received IRS 501c3 tax exempt status in 2005.
WIPL is a group of people of all faiths working toward a just and sustainable future. Our focus is on climate change. Our efforts have included working with the National Council of Churches on a push for clergy and other religious leaders to ask their senators to vote for the McCain-Leiberman Climate Stewardship Act. We also worked with the National Council Churches in the publication of an open letter to President Bush in the New York Times on April 28, asking the President "in a spirit of shared faith and respect" to reconsider his stance on the environment and expressing "strong disapproval over [his] administration's decision to change federal air pollution rules .allowing some of the country's biggest polluting facilities to avoid installing air pollution-control equipment ." Other goals include other statewide conferences (one occurred this last February), other rounds of the Interfaith Energy Stewardship Collaborative, and capacity and outreach building activities.
WIPL is a membership organization. All are welcome on our information and alert mailing list; however, we do urge our supporters to join our efforts as members. Annual memberships are $35 for individuals and $20 for seniors and students. We also have corporate memberships available for $100 -$500, depending upon the size of the corporation. Memberships for faith congregations are $100.
The Steering Committee
directs the overall policy and planning for the Campaign. We are looking
for more members for the committee, particularly
from faith groups not now represented on the committee. If you have yourself
or someone else to nominate, please contact info@WisconsinIPL.org .