In 2015 we set out on a journey to become an accredited Green Sanctuary. The UUA Green Sanctuary process provides a path for congregational study, reflection, and action related to today’s environmental challenges – including climate change and environmental justice.

Successful completion results in Green Sanctuary accreditation: a formal recognition of a congregation’s service and dedication to the Earth. It’s a Big Deal!

Our team and congregation began by examining our own current environmental impact, then moved towards developing sustainable practices — grounded in Unitarian Universalism – in four focus areas:

  • Environmental Justice acknowledges that marginalized communities are often hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. In partnering with these communities, we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time. Environmental Justice emphasizes a shift from providing charity to working in solidarity with the communities most affected by climate change. 

  • Worship and Celebration is the heart of Unitarian Universalism. As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship enables us to stay connected to each other and to celebrate the work we have accomplished.
  • Religious Education shapes more than just minds. It shapes attitudes and practices.
  • Sustainable Living requires us to treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make.

Our Green Sanctuary journey guides our efforts in environmental and sustainable living awareness, activities and projects.