Green Sanctuary Designation
Voluntary participation in the Green Sanctuary Program provides a framework for UU congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to the Earth. Thanks to the efforts of our Green Team, the application for candidacy as A “Green Sanctuary” has been approved by UUA and our congregation is now working on the action plans.
We are required to implement 12 Action Plans: 2 dealing with Worship, 2 dealing with Religious Education, 2 dealing with Environmental Justice, 4 dealing with Sustainability, and 2 in one of the four categories. We have 2 years in which to complete our action plans and will begin working on some of them in the fall. Because of the scope of the action plans, we will need everyone’s help in completing them! There are a wide variety of activities involved – something for everyone hopefully! If we all do what we can, our congregation, community and the plant will be a better place for it
Also, please take a look at the Green Sanctuary Bulletin Board downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Bonnie Arbuckle has done a super job with information on the Wild Life Habitat she and others are working On As One Of Our Action Plans.
Green Moment from the Green Team
Living sustainable just makes good sense. “Putting up food” by canning, freezing, or dehydrating makes good use of extra garden produce that we simply can’t eat all at once. By storing up food for the long winter months, you are better-prepared should markets run out of items (especially during winter storms). You also save gas, money, and time because you don’t have to go to the store as often, and don’t waste food. Besides that, it’s just a great experience planning and preparing for your own subsistence. The garden produce you don’t eat or store also can be used for soil enrichment if you add them to a compost pile.
Composting is also a great sustainable action. If you still have leaves, they can be raked and shredded, mulched, then layered with soil, grass clippings, vegetable scraps. In the spring, you can nourish your flowers and vegetable gardens with the “composted soil” created from last year’s waste.