Green Sanctuary News

Sustainable Living Committee
(and Climate Action Team)

Sunlight Solar EnergyStewardship in our hearts. Solar on our roofs! At our January 8 congregational meeting UUS:E members approved our participation in the Solarize with Faith campaign. Later this spring Sunlight Solar Energy of New Haven will give presentations explaining how solar photovoltaic panels work, their benefits to the environment and your wallet, and how to purchase high quality panels at a discount price. If you already know that you want to pursue this renewable energy option, you can start now by visiting the Solarize with Faith Web page at http://www.solarizect.com/faith or by calling Sunlight Solar at: 203-878-9123; be sure to mention that you are in the Solarize with Faith at UUS:E campaign.

Get your CSA Membership now! Looking forward to spring and a summer full of fresh vegetables? You can get 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 http://ctnofa.org/CSAs.htm.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12 is the winter conference of CT’s chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Social justice activists will want to hear the keynote speaker, Leah Penniman, discuss “Ending Racism and Injustice in the Food System.” For more information call Janet Heller or Anne Vaughan or visit the website: http://ctnofa.org/winterconference/.

Upcoming meetings you are welcome and encouraged to attend:

  • Sustainable Living Committee/Climate Action Team meets at 7 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Room 2.
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby Manchester chapter meets at 7 PM on Thursday, Feb.23 in Children’s Chapel.

Two ways to save our climate and save money: Energy Conservation and Clean Energy development! If you or anyone you know is interested in getting solar panels on your home, the “Solarize with Faith” program may be the way to go. Already have solar panels on your roof? Let us know by placing your name on the map in the lobby and help us promote this program. If you can’t put solar panels on your roof, you CAN sign up for a Home Energy Solutions assessment for your home and have work done on the spot to save you energy and money, and learn what else you can do. Information you need is here: http://www.energizect.com/your-home/solutions-list/home-energy-solutions-core-services.

Recycling at UUS:E – UPDATE: In addition to inkjet cartridges, cell phones & accessories, we also accept calculators, GPS & radar detectors, and iPods/MP3 players in the collection box in the lobby. As long as these items can fit through the slot on the box, our dedicated recycler, Duffy Schade, will send them to Planet Green, and UUS:E will get refunded for reusable items. Please place leaky cartridges in a plastic bag. If you have larger items, check your hometown’s electronic collection site. If the collection box is not in the lobby, it may be found in the Recycling Room.

Also recommended is the National Geographic Channel’s new season of Years of Living Dangerously on Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM.

The Sustainable Living Committee/Climate Action Team

…meets monthly every second Tuesday. Bring your ideas for keeping UUS:E green to our next meeting, downstairs in Room 2. For more information, contact any member of the committee, including Jay Stewart, who will be leading the November meeting. (jstewart@hartford.edu)

Groups and events we support:

  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Manchester chapter, meets at UUS:E every 4th Thursday. CCL’s goal is to put a fee on carbon, with a dividend to the people. Even Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO, is now saying there should be a price on carbon!

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 katdargan@gmail.com. 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.