Green Sanctuary Actions Taken

Actions taken

  • Held classes such as Menu for the Future and Voluntary Simplicity

  • Instituted recycling throughout Church buildings

  • Use only recycled paper products and unbleached whenever possible

  • Held “green” fundraisers

  • Hold several “Earth-themed” Church services a year

  • Installed a bike rack

  • Encourage biking/walking/running to Church in the spring

  • Sell Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate

  • Support local agriculture through grants

  • Conducted audits of buildings

  • Purchased new, efficient hot water heater

  • Installed compact fluorescent bulbs in buildings

  • Developed “green” purchasing policies

  • Advocate minimal use of paper

  • Recommend that people shop locally

  • Purchase products in bulk

  • Winter book group meets in members’ homes to save heating costs

  • Installed programmable thermostats throughout buildings

  • Request that lights be turned off when not in use

  • Recommend that groups meet in rooms that are already heated (in Winter)

  • Use washable coffee cups and plates—not paper and certainly not Styrofoam

  • Insulated ceiling above Parish Hall

  • Infuse RE program with environmental/Earth-based teachings

  • Hold Earth Day service annually

  • Sold compost bins as fundraiser—open to community

  • “Green” practices instituted for Community Suppers

  • Distribute Cresset electronically

  • Increased use of web site to save paper

  • Lowered our use of fuel and electricity

  • Buy local foods and encourage green practices at weekly Community Supper

  • Installed storm windows on Sanctuary windows

  • Installed a pellet stove in place of oil burner