In their December 2006 Green Sanctuary Candidacy Application the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA) decided to raise money to pay for the increased cost of purchasing green electric power.
Also during that time they had congregation members writing carbon dioxide reduction pledges on colorful plastic leaves and hanging them on a small madrone tree in their courtyard. Now that the total pounds of CO2 saved is just under 100,000 the leaves are displayed on their bulletin board.
UUCPA is taking their green energy a step further; instead of buying green energy, they are going to make green energy. UUCPA has installed new solar panels that they are ready to turn-on once the city of Palo Alto gives them the go-ahead. The solar panels are on the roofs of two walkways, facing SE and SW. They will produce up to 12,000 watts. We wish them good luck and hope they get the approval soon!UUCPA became an accredited Green Sanctuary on September 9, 2009.