The Earth Ministry Team is committed to implementing our 7th principle of caring for our earth and its resources by ensuring environmentally sound practices are followed by UUCWC’s committees, teams and staff while utilizing and caring for our facility (grounds and buildings). In keeping with our Green Sanctuary designation by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and River-Friendly Partnership designation by The Watershed Institute, we follow good land stewardship, water and energy conservation practices. We also foster and promote “green” practices for home applications, maintain Allie’s Garden for Food Ministry programs and provide the fellowship coffee for the congregation through organic product sales.
The Earth Ministry team coordinates with other church groups to support sustainable philosophies and activities (energy audits); with other organizations to encourage recycling and reuse (bicycle collection for the Trenton Boys and Girls Club); the Sunday hiking program; and Earth Day services and events. A representative of Earth Ministry serves on the Facilities Management Team.
UUCWC is a Green Sanctuary
UUCWC is proud to be certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Green Sanctuary. UUCWC achieved certification in 2011 under the 7th Principle Project. The following twelve projects, approved by the UUA, allowed us to achieve this designation. In brief, those projects were:
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Use of green products and reduction of toxic substances
- Energy conservation
- Water conservation
- Organic and/or local products
- Landscaping and grounds
- Nature contact
- Environmental practices
- Solar installation
- Environmental and social justice
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