A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community. The Green Sanctuary Program is administered nationally by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUME). www.uuministryforearth.org
In April, 2007, this congregation voted to become a UU Green Sanctuary.
“The Mission of the Green Sanctuary Committee is to help the members of the congregation build a connection between spiritual consciousness and environmentally sustainable practice in their individual and congregational lives.”
Our Green Sanctuary Policy
In keeping with the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism, the 2006 UUA Statement of Conscience on the Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, and our LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified status, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno will seek out, adopt and implement environmentally responsible practices that respect and protect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We choose to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, consciously lightening our footprint on the Earth and setting an example for others to follow. Therefore, church members and staff, including the Board of Trustees and all committees, will strive to adopt and follow green policies and practices relating to all aspects of church life and operation.
Ways We Are Showing Our Commitment to the Earth
• Building Green: Our sanctuary and kitchen construction were completed in 2007. See details of our LEED construction criteria here.
• Going Solar: Our solar array was installed in 2009. See how much energy we are generating here [link]
• UUME Carbon Challenge 2008. A 10-week awareness and action program. Our members reduced their household carbon footprints by a total of [ # ] pounds.
• Recycling —please use the blue recycling containers located in every room and the breezeway.
• Reusing — using washable dishes and utensils for our church events
• Using local produce and products
• Conserving electricity and water
• Using non-toxic (or least toxic) cleaning, gardening and art supplies
• Styrofoam, bottled water, disposables
• Environmentally damaging products