The Environmental Action Committee was established by Church Council with the primary goal of initiating and maintaining Green Sanctuary status with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Green Sanctuary Program was designed to develop the vision that together we can create a world in which all people share reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth, which is so essential to our lives.
Participating in the UUA's Green Sanctuary program provides us with a framework to proclaim and live out our commitment to the Earth. We already do a lot! From composting all of our food waste and procuring only green electricity through Viridian to promoting local and healthy food through UShare gardens and Campus Kitchens – our “green” habits are quite visible. But the Green Sanctuary program does more to also help us with the 7th UU Principle and the spiritual side of "respecting and connecting to the earth and the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
Our Green Sanctuary application has been completed and submitted to the UUA for review. This completed document includes an evaluation of the current "green" strengths and areas to improve in the operations, worship, education, and environmental justice aspects of our church, and a plan for 12 projects that will increase the sustainability of our activities. The projects include:
2. Services with themes of nature and protecting the environment: One to two services indoor services will be held annually that celebrate themes of nature and the interdependent web of life. Lead: Jon Montan (Worship Committee)
3. The World of Wonder: The new UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculum The World of Wonder will be adopted as a curriculum as part of our RE program. Lead: Susan Powers (RE Committee) and Jan Hutslar (DRE)
Additional details are included in the complete application:
Our next steps are to receive comments from the UUA and revise this document while we concurrently work to become a Green sanctuary. The final designation that we have achieved the Green sanctuary designation will occur (hopefully!) after our projects are complete and their success reported to the UUA
To learn more about the UUA's Green Sanctuary program, visit http://www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary/index.shtml.
Our church is a member of the New York chapter of Interfaith Power and Light, an association of more than 60 congregations of various faiths located throughout the state that are working together to address climate change as a religious issue.
To Learn More
click on these links
UUA Environmental Justice
UUA statement on global climate change
Interfaith Power and Light (national)
EPA Climate Change Facts
Climate Change Resource Center