THE BIRTH OF RAICA

It all started at an RPCC mobilization training workshop in October 2018. Its purpose was to teach individuals how to lead a group of people in meaningful climate action. One of the options for a breakout session was "Faith in Climate." Here met Jackie, Jim, Ruth, and others, who discussed the great potential for collective green impact in spiritual communities. They came up with the idea for an interfaith summit, where members of all different congregations in the Rochester area could come celebrate their common goal of rejuvenating the planet as well as learn best practices from others. The following January, they went to work, organizing a summit in April 2019 with 13 represented faiths and many vendors to connect with - sponsored by their new group - RAICA - Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action. It was their first big success, and it led to the formation of several campaigns, including composting and community solar. Since then, many of the original members have stayed on, building on the momentum from those first few months, to expand RAICA's reach in the Rochester community. 

About Us

RAICA was formed ....

Meet Our Team

Jim Tappon

Co-chair

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Jackie Ebner

Co-chair

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Bill Bross

Treasurer

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Sarah Singal

Secretary

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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Steering Committee

Jim Tappon

Co-president

HOW: Irondequoit Presbyterian Church

Jim was a co-founder and uses his background in energy audits to contribute to the energy efficiency and community solar campaigns.

Jackie Ebner

Co-chair

HOW:

Temple Sinai

As one of the main co-founders, she's a jack-of-all-trades but works primarily with energy efficiency and communications.

Bill Bross

Treasurer

HOW: 

MEET THE STEERING COMMITTEE

Notch and Margaret Miyake

HOW:

Rochester Zen Center

Notch and Margaret have pioneered many green initiatives at the Rochester Zen Center, such as the Declaration of Climate Emergency and electric vehicles.

Jackie Ebner

Co-chair

HOW:

Temple Sinai

Jackie was one of the main co-founders. She's a jack-of-all-trades but works primarily with energy efficiency and communications.

Bill Bross

Treasurer

HOW: