Lisa Locke, shown at left during a trek to the Himalaya Mountains in India, is DeIPL’s new Executive Director. Lisa recently moved to Delaware from West Michigan, an area rich in both natural resources and collaborative partnerships to protect them. A major player in those initiatives, she served as Administrator for West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Project Manager with Sustainable Research Group, Coordinator for West Michigan Clean Cities Coalition and Associate Director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Lisa has served on environmental advisory councils for the Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and for Mayor of Grand Rapids. (In 2010, Grand Rapids was named “Nation’s Most Sustainable City” by the US Chamber of Commerce.) Her previous experience includes church administration, community education, public speaking, and journalism.
Exploring the mysteries of the natural world, understanding the interconnectedness of species, communities, industries and systems, and writing about them is Lisa’s passion and her life’s work. In an essay on sustainability, Lisa wrote:
“Consider a spider which spins an intricate web five times stronger than steel, infinitely renewable, while consuming little energy and producing no damaging wastes. She is attuned to her surroundings. She is using her resources wisely. She takes. She gives. She is part of the larger web. She feels the pulse of the planet as her own. She is powerful. We can learn from her.”
Interfaith Power & Light and its state affiliates are self-defined as “a religious response to climate change.” Lisa believes our work – whether sharing scriptures, hosting energy efficiency workshops, promoting environmental justice, or meeting with legislators – is a moral imperative and looks forward to creatively embracing and addressing that imperative together.