January 4, 2012
By Anne White
Green Community Connections
Reflecting our interdependent relationship with the Earth
The Green Sanctuary Committee at Unity Temple takes a multifaceted approach to environmental advocacy. The goal of all of our activities is to actively engage our Unitarian Universalist congregation in order to deepen our knowledge about environmental issues and to make changes in our own lives that better reflect our interdependent relationship with the Earth.
We host workshops on a variety of environmental topics, we screen films, we lobby in Springfield, we teach Religious Education classes, we start community gardens, we host a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), we run discussion groups, we publish weekly green tips, and we have developed guidelines for managing eco-friendly events.
We act on our stated values in concrete ways
The Committee also works toward making Unity Temple a sustainable institution that acts on its stated values in a concrete way. We have helped UT move toward greener building practices, such as minimizing disposable kitchen and food service items, purchasing green cleaning and office supplies, promoting fair trade, increasing recycling, and composting. We had an energy audit of the building done and will be working with staff to implement its recommendations.