The Church of the Ascension is among three faith communities selected to receive a Hope in Action award from Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light (KIPL) for their “good works in care for creation,” an announcement from the organization said. The awards were presented last night.
KIPL is an interfaith organization that promotes a religious response to global warming. In addition to Ascension, the organization is also honoring Memorial United Methodist Church and the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion.
In announcing the award for Acension, KIPL noted that the parish has studied and reflected upon Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” The parish and its school also have created a “comprehensive” recycling plan, had an energy audit of their facilities, installed an air quality monitor and used recycled plastic lids to make park benches. (Read more about Ascension’s efforts here.)
The Methodist church has installed 165 solar panels on its church roof, resulting in the largest solar array on a house of worship in Kentucky, the announcement from KIPL said. The church also has installed energy-efficient LRD bulbs, uses motion sensor lights, composts waste, recycles paper and uses reusable plates and cups.
The Drepung Gomang center has recently built an energy-efficient Compassion Education Center and added energy-efficient upgrades to another building.