Green Sanctuary News

It’s 2015. A new year brings the opportunity to decide on new challenges. Ask yourself “What am I doing for the future of human life on this planet?” Human life depends on the complex biodiversity of life and all aspects of the natural environment needed to sustain life. The planet will no doubt be here for millions if not billions of years, but will it always sustain life… especially life as we know it and depend on it? That is the question that challenges us to work on the complicated issues of sustainability and climate change.

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So here are some ways at UUS:E to work to help protect the future of life as we know it on this planet:

  1. Join the Sustainable Living Committee and/or its Climate Action Team and help with various projects, programs and ideas we plan and do together – next meeting is Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 PM downstairs Room 2.
  2. Join the Manchester chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and help advocate for a livable future by working to pass national legislation to enact revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend – check the website and listen to a weekly intro call at – our next meeting is Thursday, January 22, 7:00 PM downstairs in the chapel area.
  3. Help to green up our Carbon Footprint – next to the coffee area upstairs or on the wall in the hall downstairs – with ideas of ways YOU are going to reduce your personal carbon footprint. You can add new ones if you already did one.
  4. Have a Home Energy Audit! if you have not already done this (or it’s been 5 years since you did it), you are missing out on one of the best ways to immediately reduce your carbon output and save money. For $99 you will get professionals to check out how leaky your home is and where the leaks are, to add door kits (better than weather stripping), to do other weatherization on the spot and give you CFLs for every fixture that needs one as well as 4 LEDs. Plus you’ll get ideas of what you can do further with credits for heating and cooling, appliances and insulation. I just did one with Energy Efficiency Solutions at (860) 580-9076. If you use them give them my name, Janet Heller, and I will turn over the $25 credit to one of our projects above. There are many others you can choose from too.

*CAT stands for Climate Action Team, which is a subcommittee of the Sustainable Living Committee.

The Sustainable Living Committee meets at UUS:E on the second Tuesdays of each month, Please join us at 7:00 pm. For more information about the Sustainable Living Committee, Green Sanctuary, or anything in this article, contact the office at 860-646-5151 or