Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, will be the next featured speaker in Decorah Power’s fall Learning Series. Her presentation, “Stewardship, Faith and Community Decision-Making: How Consumer-Owned Utilities Can Reflect Member Values and Priorities,” will be offered Mon., November 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Luther College in Valders 362. The event is free and open to the public.
Guy has led Iowa Interfaith Power & Light (Iowa IPL) since 2010. The statewide organization is part of a national network whose mission is to inspire and equip people of faith to become leaders in finding solutions to climate change. Through education, assistance with carbon footprints reductions, and advocacy for sustainable energy policies, Iowa IPL is mobilizing the religious community to become a leader in the movement for climate action.
Guy is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to working with Iowa IPL, she served as a pastor in both Disciples of Christ and United Methodist congregations, focusing on social justice ministries.
Guy is co-chair of the Executive Committee for the RE-AMP Network, a network of over 180 climate, energy, and environmental organizations throughout the Midwest. She also serves as a member of the Campaigns Committee for the national Interfaith Power & Light organization.
Guy believes climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in the world. She says she gets her motivation and inspiration from her two sons, one of whom is a current student at Luther College.
Her presentation is part of a Decorah Power Learning Series designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in a Decorah municipal electric utility—a locally owned, city utility that would provide electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. With the support of the City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year.