'Stewardship, Faith and Community Decision-Making: How Consumer-Owned Utilities Can Reflect Member Values and Priorities'

Climate change is a moral issue that greatly affects the most vulnerable, believes the Reverend Susan Hendershot Guy, the executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light.

Guy will explore her theory in "Stewardship, Faith and Community Decision-Making: How Consumer-Owned Utilities Can Reflect Member Values and Priorities" at the next Decorah Power Learning Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in Valders Hall of Science Room 362 on the Luther College campus. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light is a statewide organization whose mission is to "inspire and equip people of faith to become leaders in finding solutions to climate change." The goal is to motivate the religious community to lead the way in creating climate action plans. Guy has been the executive director for the organization since 2010.

Ordained in the Christian church (Disciples of Christ), Guy holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She's served as a pastor for the Disciples of Christ and United Methodist congregations. In addition to her duties at Iowa IPL, she is a member of the campaigns committee for the national IPL organization and is the co-chair of the executive committee for the RE-AMP Network, a group of more than 180 climate, energy and environmental organizations in the Midwest.

With the support of the Decorah City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately raised funds to explore the creation of a Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah. The MEU would be a locally owned, city utility providing electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. According to Decorah Power, there are 2,011 municipal electric utilities in the U.S., 136 of which are in Iowa. Iowa also has 44 rural electric cooperatives. 

The Decorah Power Learning Series is designed to educate the community on the opportunities and challenges in creating a Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Luther College has pledged $15,000 toward the study.

For more information about Decorah Power and the other Decorah Power Fall Learning Series events, visit www.decorahpower.org.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.