your church currently has Green Sanctuary status, what advice do you have
for others who are seeking it?
2nd Unitarian Church of
Countryside Church UU
Currently we are in the process to obtain Green Sanctuary status.
- Committee leaders should
become thoroughly familiar with the GS manual found on the UUA website
before beginning the actual process.
- Network with churches who
have already achieved GS status (local churches or on-line).
- Use the GS manual for examples
of surveys and audits to create the necessary forms. Or request permission
to use the surveys and audits used by other churches, rather than trying
to re-invent all the materials.
- Put the congregational survey
on-line if at all possible. It will be much easier to tabulate.
- The committee chair (or
co-chairs) needs to coordinate the process, while project leaders head
each sub-committee in charge of individual activities.
Northshore Unitarian Church
- We are currently working
on this status. It is an all church project this year and last year
Unitarian Church of Evanston
- There is a Green Sanctuary
group within the congregation and UCE has achieved this status as an
environmental church. They've done good work with changing how we do
things at UCE in terms of environmental impact from small ways to larger
- We actually went through
the process of examining a geothermal alternative when it came time
to raising funds for a new heating system. Unfortunately, it was too
expensive and we opted for new boilers, etc. instead. But, it was a
good learning experience for us
- They are a resource within
the congregation for environmental issues. They are also working with
a larger Coalition within Evanston on environmental and sustainability
issues. Please consult with Dick Whitaker or Andrew Fisher for more
UU Society of Geneva
- We are in the process of
applying for Green Sanctuary Status