Several prominent H-IPL volunteers work and worship at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, including Molly O'Donnell, who is also deeply involved in the Monroe County Energy Challenge, and Stephanie Kimball, H-IPL’s first staff member and the genius behind Task of the Month.
The congregation became a UU Green Sanctuary in 2007. Like many socially minded congregations, they engage in environmental concerns in the midst of addressing many other competing justice issues. But they managed to plan ahead enough on aging HVAC equipment to spend the most money for the most efficiency in rooms that get the most use, stretching their investment further.
They estimate that members saved half a million pounds of carbon dioxide at home through the Task of the Month program, which earned their congregation honorable mention as a national Interfaith Power & Light Cool Congregation. Member generosity allowed them to more than triple the affect of their 2012 OED grant and to install 24 kilowatts on their roof.