Green Sanctuary News

Sustainable Living Committee
(and Climate Action Team)

What is Solarize UUS:E and Solarize for Faith?

It is a part of the broader “Solarize Connecticut” state program ( that has fostered the installation of over 2000 solar systems on CT homes. These past efforts have focused on residents of specific towns, but now there is a “Solarize for Faith” effort that recruits homeowners via their contacts with various faith groups.

This is how it works:

  • A panel of faith group members carefully selects and works with a preferred solar installer.
  • The preferred installer offers a discount on their systems because of reduced costs related to publicity, travel, and getting required building permits.
  • There are substantial state and federal incentives, but the state incentives decline every year, so the sooner we participate, the better.
  • Your electric company pays you when you produce more than you need.
  • Low cost financing is available, so you can start saving $ immediately.

Before the Solarize UUS:E program can start, UUS:E members must give their approval at the Jan. 8, 2017 congregational meeting vote.

If you’d like to be on a task force to work on the project, please see Jay Stewart or a member of the Sustainable Living Committee.


Upcoming events of interest. More information may be found elsewhere in the newsletter:

  • Sunday, Jan. 8: Please vote at the congregational meeting after either service to approve UUS:E’s participation in the “Solarize with Faith” program, which helps protect the environment by providing high quality solar panels at a discount price!
  • Saturday, Jan. 14 2:00 PM: Vegan Resolution: Get Healthy in the New YearMary Lawrence of “Well on Wheels” will offer a free informative presentation. Are you ready to try more plant-based meals? This will inspire you. Vegan snacks will be provided.
  • Saturday, Jan. 21: Come to UUS:E at 6:00 for a sustainable potluck supper with tasty vegan, vegetarian and other foods, followed by a 7:00 PM showing of the documentary film Before the Flood with Leo DiCaprio. More info at Co-sponsored by Sustainable Living Committee and the Manchester chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Upcoming meetings you are welcome and encouraged to attend:

  • Sustainable Living Committee/Climate Action Team meets at 7 PM on Tuesday, January 12th, Room 2 on the garden level.
  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby Manchester chapter meets at 7 PM on Thursday, Jan 26, Children’s Chapel on the garden level.

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:

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. (

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 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.