Green Sanctuary

Five Stages of Green Sanctuary Process

Team Building and Congregational Education

We have completed the Congregational Profile. We continue to familiarize ourselves with Green Sanctuary goals and process.

Opportunity Assessments

We explore both within our congregation and in Colorado Springs where we have opportunities to make a difference. We want to include opportunities to collaborate with a disadvantaged community.

Action Plan

Having explored our opportunities, we will create a plan that addresses the three Green Sanctuary campaigns: mitigation, adaption/resilience, and justice.

Implement the Plan

We will put our plan into action.

Final Report

We will report on how it went to the Green Sanctuary staff.


Three Intersectional Goals

Mitigation

  • Reduce our congregation’s carbon footprint
  • Meaningful and ongoing civic action advocating mitigation is required.

Adaptation and Resilience

  • Adaptation: adapt to impacts  of increasingly severe climate conditions
  • Resilience: spiritual, relational and infrastructural strength to respond to the ever-changing climate impacts
  • Identify a community impacted by existing and intensifying climate change.
  • Join in actions that increase their capacity to withstand climate change.
  • Examples: food security projects and  disaster preparedness, response and recovery. 

Environmental/Climate Justice Campaign

  • Front-line relationship uses power and perspective of those experiencing injustice
  • The focus of this work must address the priority of the collaborating group
  • Congregations document actions taken and resulting actual impacts.

When we submitted our Congregational Profile, we were asked:

“Reflect on why the congregation is pursuing Green Sanctuary accreditation or re-accreditation. What is motivating you to undertake this comprehensive program? Congregations pursuing re-accreditation should include reflection on their initial accreditation and how re-accreditation will build and extend the work accomplished in that process.”

Our answer:

“Our Congregation is working to become a Green Sanctuary for several reasons. To begin with, the vision of Green Sanctuary rings true for us, “A world that is sustainable and just for humanity and for the whole of the web of life, including present and future generations.” In addition, it is important to us to play our part in combating Climate Change. Also, we strive to work towards a more equitable society and environmental racism is an important component to this. Finally, in doing the work to become a Green Sanctuary, we hope to indirectly influence members in the congregation to make changes in their own lives to create a more sustainable future. For these reasons, we feel the process and realization of becoming a Green Sanctuary fits our focus  as a congregation and is an important step to make for our future and the future of our planet.”


Upcoming Events

Our Green Sanctuary Team is currently meeting on the first Tuesday in person and by Zoom at 6:30 pm. Evony McKenna and Jo Winn are hosting these meetings. Please let us know if you would like to be invited.


Carbon Footprint Game

The Carbon Footprint Game is up and running in the Small Hall. The object of the “game” is to cover this footprint with stickers that say something we are doing, or have already done, to mitigate our personal carbon footprints. The game has 4 sections, and we will be addressing one each month from May through August. There are stickers available in the Small Hall for those attending in person. Those attending by Zoom can participate by sending Jo Winn an email with the stickers describing what you are doing or have already done. Reduce and Reuse is the theme for August.

Information from the game kit is here: recycle, reuse web

Stickers for August are here: reduce, reuse stickers web


Relevant Links

https://www.uua.org/environment/green-sanctuary

https://www.createclimatejustice.net/


Here are links to the documents we submit to Green Sanctuary for accreditation

1. Congregational Profile

2.1 Opportunity Assessment

3.1 Action Plan

4.1 Final Report