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.

To learn more about this possible program, please attend the
Solarize UUS:E Talkback

Sunday, Dec. 4, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in the chapel

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.


SOLARIZE Faiths—Coming soon to UUS:E! On Sunday, December 4, from 12:30 to 1:30, there will be a discussion/talk-back downstairs in the chapel area to learn more about how this program will work for home-owners from UUS:E and our friends and neighbors who may be able to put solar on our roofs. There will also be a table in the lobby after the first service if you are coming then and can’t make the 12:30 meeting. Jay Stewart, who has done most of the leg work on this, will be our discussion leader.

We can help to promote clean energy as we fight to protect our climate through this program. Please come and bring anyone along who might be interested.

On Sunday, January 8, after each service, there will be a short congregational meeting to vote to formally agree to the Memorandum of Understanding that allows us to go forward with this program; so the Dec. 4 meeting is a way to be informed about how the program works and what UUS:E commits to.

Two Upcoming Film Showings sponsored by the Sustainable Living Committee:

On Thursday, December 8, 7 PM at UUS:E in the chapel area on the garden level, the Manchester chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) will show a short documentary, entitled Facing the Surge, followed by a meeting to share the work of Citizens Climate Lobby. The documentary is about sea-level rise on the east coast and work to mitigate this growing concern, including that of CCL. Bring friends! Trailer:

Save the Date!! On Saturday, January 21, the Sustainable Living Committee is sponsoring a Potluck Supper with tasty vegan, vegetarian, and other foods. The potluck will be followed by the full length documentary Before the Flood with Leo DiCaprio. Trailer at:

Also recommended is the National Geographic Channel’s new season of Years of Living Dangerously on Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM. The Dec. 7 episode will feature work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

The Sustainable Living Committee/Climate Action Team

…meets monthly every second Tuesday. Bring your ideas for keeping UUS:E green to our next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 PM, 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:

  • The 4th annual Climate Stewardship Summit will be held this year on Sunday, Nov 13, at Central Connecticut State University, from 12:00 to 6:00 PM. Sponsored by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, this is always an excellent conference! We’ll try to carpool. Get tickets here:

  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Manchester chapter, meets at UUS:E every 4th Thursday. Except, due to the holidays, there will be a November/December meeting on Dec. 8, with a possible showing of “Facing the Surge.” Stay tuned! 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.