History

In 1999, with financial support from the National Council of Churches and under the auspices of Wisconsin Interfaith IMPACT, our founder, Dave Steffenson, who formed the new Wisconsin Interfaith Climate Change Campaign (WICCC).

In 2004, with a major grant from the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation of Madison, the Wisconsin Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign (WICEC) re-organized as an independent entity. It became a nonprofit Wisconsin corporation and gained IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in the spring of 2005 as a public charity, enabling the group to receive grants and gifts from donors, expressly to use for climate change action.

The late Rev. Dave Steffenson served many years as Executive Director, followed by Chris (Elisha) Herb and Sara Streed.

On March 11, 2010, WICEC became an affiliate of  Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) and changed its name to Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light (WIP&L), with Dr. Peter Bakken as Statewide Coordinator.  IPL’s mission is to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.  Wisconsin was the 31st state to join the campaign, and there are now 38 states taking part. 

In recent years, we have:

  • Offered Cool Congregations workshops, teleprayers and teleseminars;
  • Held and cosponsored statewide and regional conferences;
  • Promoted Sustainable Travel to Worship, Climate Change Preach-ins, and Faith Climate Action Week; and
  • Advocated for climate and clean energy policies at the state and federal level 

We welcome you to use the information on this website and subscribe to our email newsletter as resources for your own or your congregation’s climate justice work.  However, we invite you to show your support by becoming a Friend of WIP&L and signing an individual, congregational, or partner organization covenant.