UUCM's Green Sanctuary program is an important component of our Social Justice work and is guided by the seventh UU principle: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." In 2009, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) formally recognized our congregation as an accredited Green Sanctuary. Read the acknowledgement letter.
A Green Sanctuary is a UU congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community. Sustainable living is a choice: We choose to live in a way that nurtures life, builds relationships, and rejects material consumption as the sole determinant of happiness.
Green Sanctuary Program accreditation requires the involvement of the entire congregation. In fiscal year 2005-2006, the congregation chose to pursue this accreditation, from among several possible social justice programs. A Green Sanctuary Committee was then sanctioned by the Board of Trustees.
In fiscal year 2006-2007, we conducted an internal audit of existing environmental actions and programs, and then developed an action plan for implementing our 12 activities. The action plan was included in our application for Green Sanctuary candidacy, submitted in March 2007. We received our accreditation in 2009, after completing all 12 activities.
Through the Green Sanctuary accreditation process, we learned that UUCM had been taking important steps to help our environment for a long time. The 12 activities we implemented to obtain accreditation built upon an already solid foundation of environmental action. We are committed to continuing these ongoing, daily activities in our congregation and in our homes.