Green Sanctuary News

Sustainable Living Committee
(and Climate Action Team)

Green Sanctuary News


Do you ever wonder about energy? Do we really have to give up fossil fuels? Can renewables provide enough for all our needs? Should I buy solar panels? If so, then please join us for a new study group called Powering a Bright Future!

This three-session discussion will explore solution-based discourse on energy production and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and environmental impacts. Participants will need to order the $20 e-book at If cost is an issue, please contact Rev. Josh.

Sessions will be held Monday, September 19 and 26 and Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 PM.

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Living and Adult Religious Education Committees. For further information, please contact: Anne Vaughan or Crystal Ross


It has been brought to the attention of the Sustainable Living Committee that some of our congregants have their recycling versus trash considerations UPSIDE DOWN. So, in a spirit of friendly cooperation, we want to remind everyone that we are a Green Sanctuary. We wish to maintain this designation so we need to pay attention to details.

There was a time when no recycling was picked up here at UUS:E, so a corps of volunteers took the time to sort recyclables and carry them to their own recycling stations. Now, thankfully, we have single-stream recycling pickup, just like everyone has in their town. So we ask that you please take the same care with trash and recycling at UUS:E as you do at home.

For example, paper or plastic drink cups are recyclable and should go into a recycling receptacle, but they must be empty. (Sometimes they must be rinsed as well. This can be done in a bathroom, kitchen, or water fountain.)

Plastic food containers can also be recycled, but not with food in them. Both of our kitchens have compost receptacles for food scraps. These containers should be rinsed too.

Paper products, including cardboard (not if its greasy as from pizza,) Sunday bulletins, flyers, notes, etc. should all be recycled. This could even include a clean Dunkin Donuts box, for example.

Plastic bags or plastic wrapping do not go into recycling. Waxy paper does not go into recycling. Please put those items in the trash.

Soda cans, water bottles, glass jars, all recyclable—just like in your town.

It is all pretty straight forward. Most of us by now are familiar with recycling in our respective towns, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to bring those habits into our meetinghouse. MANY THANKS!

Announcing The UUS:E Community Garden!Hal's Garden, garden level of the Church

The Sustainable Living Committee is running the RE (Religious Education) Garden this year as a “community garden.” We have 6 beds, but one already has garlic planted so SLC members will tend that one. There is also an herb area and a strawberry bed available. RE families will be given first choice, then other interested people from our congregation can be picked. There will be a box in the RE area where people can drop in a card with their name. A drawing for the plots will be held on Sunday, March 6 at 12:15. We will have a list of experienced gardeners who will be available for advice, and we hope to start a Garden Forum on the UUS:E Facebook page, which will be available to anyone interested in gardening. Come join the fun!

  • Your plot will have your name on it.
  • Keep your plot organic, no chemical inputs.
  •  You decide what to plant and when to tend it.
  • You take responsibility for weeding, watering, harvesting, and so on.
  • That’s it! It will be fun to compare plots, help one another out as needed, and enjoy the harvest!

Brought to you by the Climate Action Team (CAT) and the Sustainable Living Committee (SLC).

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 Kat Dargan 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.