Guest Author Molly Hauck, Environmental Task Force co-chair at Cedar Lane UU Church, Bethesda, MD

“Green Sanctuary Celebration April 25, 2010

Thanking the congregation for the changes it made to become a Green Sanctuary!

The Environmental Task Force (Connie, Ann, Charlotte, and me). We are delighted that the UUA has accredited us as a Green Sanctuary after working on this for SIX years! We would like to thank all who have contributed to making us a Green Sanctuary.

  1. The ministers and music directors for environmental sermons and music.
  2. The ministers and members of the Social Justice Committee for helping with the environmental justice project at Beacon House on recycling.
  3. The Grounds Committee for not using herbicides or pesticides.
  4. All who participated in the “Green-In” which was organized by Mike McKenna.
  5. Establishment of food as an environmental issue;
    • Ethical Eating Study Group, headed by Donna Runyan
    • David Yano: Farmers’ market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) will start May 1st.
  6. As a congregation we are REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING more, thanks to a policy passed by the Board in 2007.
    • Reducing – Use of energy: We want to thank the Facilities Committee for all the work they have done to make the church more energy efficient.  Amount of paper: Thank Lyn Peters and Sara Deshler for reducing the frequency of the newspaper and introducing ENews.  Garbage: Thank Alice Wahl for introducing composting.
    • Reusing – Use of permanent dishes, utensils, mugs, and glasses – we eliminated the use of disposable cups (styrofoam and cardboard).
    • Recycling – Recyclable products are making it into recycling

Two moneymakers for the church: Cartridge World and the Carbon Fund.
Buy recycled cartridges from Cartridge World and save money and the planet. Cedar Lane will get 5% of what you buy.
We would like to thank Eric and Leslie Carlson for providing 100% windpower for Cedar Lane for the coming year, and for selling RECs to Cedar Laners at a very reasonable price, which will also benefit the church.”

Cedar Lane UU Church was accredited as a Green Sanctuary on March 10, 2010.  Check out the full list of accredited Green Sanctuaries at the UUA website.

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  1. Davnn Kolly

    Well done, I agree with you ! your article is amazing, thanks !

  2. Sadie

    Thanking the congregation for the changes it made cedar lane uu church.. Great idea 🙂

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