Green Sanctuary News

Notes from CT League of Conservation Voters Summit:

Four people from our group attended the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Environmental Summit at Trinity College on January 17, where our many environmental, conservation and justice issues, challenges, needs and solutions were discussed and prioritized. – Janet Heller

An impressive lineup of speakers included Governor Ned Lamont, who pledged his commitment to renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and becoming a carbon neutral state; Rohan Patel of Tesla, who spoke about solar innovations and the company’s goal of opening Connecticut to direct sales; and Katie Dykes, the new DEEP commissioner, who expressed concern about climate change and the need for environmental policies to mitigate it. Also notable during the panel discussions was the underlying theme of environmental justice and how past policies have had disproportionate negative impact on low-income and marginalized populations. Leticia Colon de Mejias, executive director of Energy Efficiencies Solutions, alerted us that the successful CT Conservation Load Management Plan—which lowered energy costs, reduced demand, lowered CO2 emissions, and generated $1.4 billion—had been raided by the general fund. She delivered an impassioned plea to urge legislators to settle the case in circuit court, give our money back, and invest in renewables. – Mary Lawrence

News from IREJN: Hartford Green Forum on State Legislation

This forum will cover the following legislative issues: Restoring Energy Efficiency Funding, Electric Vehicles, Offshore Wind Mandate, and the Fracking Waste Ban. Refreshments served at 6:00  PM. This event is FREE, but RSVP’s are required. RSVP here

Tuesday, Feb 5 – 6:30 PM – Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford

CT NOFA’s 37th Annual Winter Conference

February 23, 2019 8 am – 5  PM, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT

With over 25 workshops to choose from, anyone interested in gardening or agriculture will find many choices. Our co-chair, Mary Lawrence will be leading a talk on vegan eating. Keynote speaker will be CR Lawn, founder of Fedco Seeds speaking on “Restoring Our Seed Commons.” More info here:

Free Movie Night at UUS:E

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. Happening a clean energy revolution
Join us on Friday, March 15, 7 PM

Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US.

There will also be a discussion about climate solutions including a new bill in Congress, called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act (H.R.7173 and S.3791

Equal Exchange Products

Available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact the office at A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. More information about Equal Exchange Products,

click here.

Looking for some good books?

Here are some that might be of interest. The first one is by our friend Mary Lawrence of Well On Wheels. Mary is a vegan chef and tells a compelling story about her journey into veganism. Her new book is titled, Eat Vegan With Me: Creating Community through Conversation and Compassionate Cuisine. In addition to delicious recipes and menu plans, she gives reasons to eat vegan, including for health, for the environment, and for compassion toward animals. The book is available from Amazon.

UU Ministry for Earth has an offer for a FREE book! Author and minister Rev. Jane Dwinell is offering free copies of her book Freedom Through Frugality to interested UUs while supplies last. From the book’s introduction: “The world needs frugality right now. We are living beyond the means of the earth—spending more resources annually than can be restored, regenerated or replaced. Experts agree that moderating the quantity and resource intensity of our consumption is a key to our survival.”

Contact Rev. Jane at with the subject “Freedom Through Frugality,” and include a mailing address in your message.

This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways follows a Nebraska farm family for a year. This is a gripping story about one farm family whose property is in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline. The book helps us understand how farming has changed since World War II. The USDA, seed companies, chemical companies, farm equipment companies, irrigation systems, banks, and others impact how farmers grow our food.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year old indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist. He has recently written a book, We Rise, the Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet. He is also one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. Our Children’s Trust and Earth Guardians are suing the government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by engaging in actions that cause climate change. SLC, RE and Rev. Josh will be highlighting this issue in a multi-gen service on Earth Day.

To borrow any of these books, contact 860-646-5151 or

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Changes Name and Meeting Place.

The Manchester chapter of CCL is now The Greater Hartford Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The name change reflects the growth of our Manchester CCL chapter and desire to include more people from the whole capitol region. We are now meeting at Goodwin College on Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. GPS set to 195 Riverside Drive—the first smaller building on the right—Room 201. We will continue to meet every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Farmers Market opens in Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will be open for business every Wednesday evening from June 21 through October 4 from 5 to 8 PM. Local produce from local farmers. Check out our Vegan Recipes: and enjoy those veggies while doing your part for Mother Earth. Remember you can still get a CSA Membership and a steady supply of local, organic produce by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A few farms in the state offer CSA memberships and these tend to sell out, so find which ones are near you at

Got a Green Thumb? Even without one you can help weed and care for the gardens around UUS:E on Wednesday mornings. You may find people already there to work with you.

A Good Read is New York Times best seller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and Carl Pope, Sierra Club former executive director .

Equal Exchange Products

Available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact the office at A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50. More information about Equal Exchange Products, click here.