Our church has long been committed to energy conservation and environmental stewardship. We are a certified Green Sanctuary, accredited by the UU Ministry for Earth in Dec. 2005. Our 7th Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” motivates us to strive for harmony with the earth in all aspects of our church life.
In 2011 we renewed our Green Sanctuary accreditation with projects including:
- Designed, built and installed inside-mounted storm windows in the four large windows in our 1827 sanctuary;
- Expanded religious education to embrace touring and volunteering at the Saco River Salmon Hatchery;
- Partnered with United Way of York County and built inside-mounted storm windows for low income York County families who qualified for State of Maine heating assistance. We continued to make our inside-mounted poly-film storm window inserts for church members. Altogether — for the church, for the United Way families, and for church members — we’ve made more than 200 windows.
Some of our past activities have included:
- Hosted adult Religious Exploration programs that focused on Global Warming, Resource Sustainability, and Simple Living;
- Encouraged the purchase of local food and the support of CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture);
- Joined Saco’s recycling program and supported the principles of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle;”
- In 2008, Maine Interfaith Power and Light (MeIPL) awarded us a $500 “Carbon Challenge” grant which paid for materials to construct an enclosure with double doors at the base of a staircase, blocking heat from escaping upstairs into little-used second floor rooms
- Increased the energy efficiency of our church by adding insulation in the attic and to all hot water pipes;
- Crafted a Sustainability Policy that was adopted by our congregation in June 2005;
- Hosted an Energy Fair, promoting household energy audits, and encouraging use of public transportation,
- Celebrated our first service every June as “Drive-Less Sunday,”
- Conducted at least one worship service annually to honor our connection to the natural world.
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