Green Sanctuary

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Our sixth and seventh principles speak to our concern for the environment:  and The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

PG-GreenFestParticipation at the Prince George’s County Green Fest

Rev. Bruce Marshall signs on to Wind Energy

10-10-10 Activity

2010 article about our work by clicking to go to the Gazette’s site

A list of some of the things we’ve done:

  • Care for our local area through maintenance of large wooded area around our church & the stream that runs through it.
  • Do Adopt-a-Road clean-up
  • We have been recycling since before the county offered it (starting with aluminum and now members take home paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, etc. as allowed by county).
  • Purchase Fair Trade, shade-grown* coffee and tea through the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).  The UUSC trades fairly with small, organic coffee grower cooperatives in Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, Ethiopia and Sumatra.  These cooperatives share the goal of improving the lives of everyone in the community through investment in infrastructure such as healthcare and education. Shade-grown coffee creates more biodiversity and bird habitat with less need for chemical inputs.
  • Use ecotainers (compostable made with PLA [corn starch]  and petroleum-free) coffee cups (examples available), even though they are costlier up-front than styrofoam cups.  However, we have begun to use mostly ceramic cups which are even more environmentaly friendly. 
  • Use biodegradable plates and cutlerymade from non-GMO vegetable starch.  Our plates are made from tree-free ‘bagasse’ …a sugar cane waste fiber. Our supplier is the Greenline Paper Company located in York, PA. which offers an automatic 5% discount through a relationship with the regional Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ).
  • To ensure that our biodegradable/compostable items do not wind up in plastic bags, we purchase compostable trash bags for the trash cans in the lobby and in the kitchen.  Exploration of a ‘mulch bin’ on our property at church for kitchen waste is being discussed.  Our coffee grounds feed azaleas (at a member’s home & at church).
  • For office use, we purchase 100% recycled paper, and soy ink is used in the duplicator. And send out most newsletter & other communication through email, saving paper and costs.
  • Purchase 100% renewable electricity generation through Washington Gas Energy Services.
  • Purchasing green cleaning supplies.
  • Continuously looking for more ways to be friendly to the environment.
  • CREATED A GREEN SANCTUARY COMMITTEE SITE FOR DAVIES AT A SEPARATE LOCATION HERE

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