Green Sanctuary Environmental Action
Our current theme is Global Warming, Climate Justice and the Salish Sea.
Encourage the congregation to learn about and take action to promote sustainability and care for our environment through increased consciousness, lifestyle changes, community education and involvement in environmental issues.
Who Are We?
Accredited by the UU Ministry for Earth in June 2009, we are required to have an active committee that pursues goals related to environmental stewardship.
- Encourage personal lifestyle changes while recognizing individual choices
- Motivate community action on environmental issues
- Build a connection between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness
- Identify and work to heal environmental injustice
- Promote energy use that reflects environmental concerns
- Incorporate ecological conscience in religious education and worship
Membership and Meetings
We usually meet on the third Tuesday, 4-5:30pm. Kees Kolff serves as the chair.
Lower your footprint – reduce, reuse, recycle, resell, donate, dispose…. of STUFF
Each Earth Day service, we honor a person or group. Past Award Winners are:
2017 – Standing Rock Supporters
2016 – Emma’s Revolution – musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy O
2015 – The Lower Elwah, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribes for their millennia of environmental stewardship
2014 – Peri Muellner and Rilke Rutenbeck plus other Students for Sustainability
2013 – Calvin Leckenby – for being the greenest ever in the youth group
2012 – Kees and Helen Kolff – for persisteny “green” leadership
2011 – Kathy Stevenson – for decades of environmental programs in RE
2010 – Kate Dwyer – for eco-conscious landscaping at QUUF
2009 – Wally Works – for eco-consciousness during the new sanctuary construction
2008 – Donna Logan – for making our kitchen environmentally friendly
A Few Ongoing and Recent Accomplishments:
- Sponsor annual Harvest Party & Veggie Car Races, with RE
- Help plan and participate in Earth Day services each year
- Promote CarbonWA, the statewide carbon tax initiative
- Sponsor the annual “Naked Lady” women’s clothes exchange
- Conduct energy audits of QUUF facilities
- Promote carpooling, walking and biking, and do transportation surveys
- Hosted ALPS classes like “Your Thermostat or Your Wallet”
- Sponsored films like “Carbon Nation”, “Return of the River” and “Sonic Sea”
- Hosted “Taming Bigfoot” teams to reduce carbon footprints
- Facilitated NW Earth Institute courses
Last updated April 25, 2017