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Julie Lyons Bricker

Julie Lyons Bricker
Michigan Interfaith Power and Light

Julie has been involved with Michigan IPL since 2007 and has enjoyed engaging in various roles within the organization including Executive Director, Sr. Project Manager, and Treasurer. 

Julie Lyons Bricker is the previous Executive Director for Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (Michigan IPL). She now contracts to Michigan IPL as the Sr. Project Manager for energy efficiency grants and serves on the Executive Board as the Treasurer.  She has been involved with Michigan IPL since 2007 and has enjoyed engaging in various roles within the organization.  Julie appreciates the diverse nature of Michigan IPL’s member houses of worship (HoWs).  

Currently she is managing a statewide project to benchmark energy usage and reduction opportunities in the worship facility sector in Michigan and is a steering committee member for the annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards.  Julie has also had the opportunity to work with the US Green Building Council-Detroit Chapter as a Board Member, Board Treasurer, Mid-west Regional Rep., and the Faith Based Liaison to the Community Outreach work group.  She holds a LEED AP® O+M designation and a Michigan Real Estate Broker’s License.

 Her expertise is sharing energy efficiency and renewable energy information and collaborating on implementation techniques.  In 2011, Julie managed a utility funded program for 48 HoWs in SE Michigan, in which buildings were assessed, benchmarked, and improvements installed with appropriate, basic EE products.  Estimated annual savings for this project were in the 9-14% range.  She also assisted seven of these participants to earn the EPA ENERGY STAR® Building Certificate for Worship Facilities. (Michigan is the national leader for the number of certified ENERGY STAR® Worship Facilities).  The Michigan Energy Office provided a grant for an exciting project to explore the feasibility of solar aggregation in HoWs in 2013 and so far this produced a 10%+ installation rate.  Julie just finished a grant project aimed to assist twenty-six HoWs across the state mostly in the UP to track energy usage, install efficient products, and educate their congregants on residential efficiency opportunities. 

She is proud to have worked with so many diverse religious communities over the years who are motivated to engage in sustainability practices.  During her tenure as Executive Director she increased this faith community membership six-fold.  Julie is particularly proud of having begun basic efficiency projects with HoWs that continue to pursue improvements on their own like more complex efficiency applications, renewables installation, and ENERGY STAR® or LEED® certifications.  She looks forward to participating in many more Michigan based efficiency and renewable projects.