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Sustainably Green

Ian Evison, Congregational Services DirectorOne of the glories and terrors of our UU congregations are our enthusiasts. Pity the part-time non-UU custodian who is caught in the parking lot using weed-killer. Or enthusiastic new member who volunteers to bring refreshments and shows up at the potluck with Styrofoam cups. We all agree that we should be green, or greener. We agree with this especially in a time of increasing energy costs. But how do we do this in a way that is organizationally smart and where our own best efforts don’t tire us out or alienate newcomers? I have been working with UU colleagues Karen Brammer and Susanna Whitman to refresh the resources in our UU leader’s library on the subject. My own favorite new find new find in the way of resources is even something local to our district. It is the Environmental Guide for Congregations, Their Buildings, and Grounds (http://www.webofcreation.org/Environmental Guide.pdf ) produced by the Web of Creation project housed at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Some UUs might want to skip the first couple pages where the Christian presumption is pretty strong. However, UUs should start reading on page four with the section titled “Some Organizing Principles to Keep in Mind.” We are advised here, for example, to start with projects that have wide support and which are not controversial, and on some projects that can be done easily and have little cost. We are advised also to listen and avoid becoming the environmental police. This portion should perhaps be read aloud at the beginning of every social justice committee meeting. The practical suggestions here are also excellent—the best single collection I have found, and all free on the internet.