Bingham to be Installed as Canon for Environmental Ministry

Posted on January 15, 2008

The Rev. Sally BinghamOn Thursday, January 17, the Rev. Sally Bingham, president of the Regeneration Project and co-founder of California Interfaith Power and Light, will be installed as Canon for Environmental Ministry in the Diocese of California. The installation will take place at Grace Cathedral's weekly Evensong service at 5:15 p.m. and all people of faith who are concerned about care for the environment are encouraged to attend.

According to the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Diocese of California, the installation is "in recognition of [Bingham's] outstanding advocacy in the field of environmental ministry." Bingham is the first Canon for Environmental Ministry in the Diocese of California and she is recognized throughout the Episcopal Church and across many faiths as a leader in environmental education and action.

In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded Bingham (and Robert Redford) their "Climate Protection Award," and Grist Magazine named her one of the world's top 15 green religious leaders. She has received numerous other awards including Senator Barbara Boxer's Conservation Champion Award, the Energy Globe Award (presented by Michail Gorbachev), and the Green Power Leadership Pilot Award, and she was selected as a finalist for the Civic Ventures Purpose Prize.

In the Fall of 2006, Bingham led an effort to get churches, temples and faith communities to show Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." Bingham had to negotiate with Paramount Home Video to allow the free screenings -- which took place more than a month before the film was released on DVD and video. More than 4,000 congregations screened the film and led discussions on how members could decrease their carbon footprints. She has recently been featured on CNN and ABC's Good Morning America.

Bingham is chair of the diocesan Environmental Commission, which has representatives from more than 70 congregations, and she is available to visit congregations and help them discern their own environmental impact.