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Updated 8/2/2014

 
 

 MDUUC is a Green Sanctuary

Meetings -- First Wednesday, 6:30 pm, usually in the Redwood Room (left back corner in Bortin Hall).

Topics Under Discussion Recently:

  • Planning Winter/Spring Events and a series of Green Field Trips
  • Planting more Oak Trees the hill across from the parking lot
  • Possibly planting more Fruit Trees
  • More Actions to Stop the XL/Tar Sands Pipeline
  • Expanding the Green Lending Library (located in the Fireside Room)
  • Maintaining MDUUC's status as a Wildlife Habitat

 

Green Group Accomplishments and Activities:
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The Green Group did the fund raising to plant fruit trees below the Sanctuary.

MDUUC, in conjunction with the Urban Farmers, planted 80 fruit trees. The harvest will go to feed the hungry. MDUUC provided the money to buy the trees, and will contribute about $25 a year to water them. The Urban Farmers planted the trees, will maintain them, and pick the fruit.

For more information about the Urban Farmers:

Urban Farmers Web Page

Urban Farmers Welcome to Volunteers Video

Contra Costa Times article about the orchard.

 

The Green Group also...

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  • Originated and implemented the plan to plant Oak Trees on the hill facing the parking lot -- to absorb CO2 and prevent erosion. Ongoing. More trees are planned, if you would like to donate to this project see a Green Group member.
  • A former chair was instrumental in having a bike rack installed on campus.
  • Encouraged the kitchen to use ceramic cups and plates (instead of styrofoam cups and plastic plates) for all events that provide food and drink.
  • Helped promote the idea of solar energy and took part in the solar panel planning process.
  • Provides recycling bins for CFL and used batteries and personally disposes of the toxic waste. Ongoing. Bins are located behind the trash can in the niche in the hallway to the Sanctuary.
  • Maintains an environmental lending library located behind the screen in the Fireside Room. Ongoing. To check out a book use the blue notebook.

 

  • Had MDUUC designated as a Wildlife Habitat.
  • Maintains a bullentin board and table during coffee hour. Ongoing.
  • Promoted the idea that stones (instead of candles) be used during Cares and Concerns.

 

Other Green Group Accomplishments and Activities:shellysm

  • Contributes a Green News column to the Beacon. Ongoing.
  • Provides Green Sayings to the Order of Service. Ongoing.
  • Maintains a Green Alert action mailing list for congregants. Ongoing. Sign-up at the Green Table.
  • Collects signatures on postcards and petions. Ongoing. Past actions include: water justice, XL pipeline, and truck emissions.
  • Planned and hosted an Earth Day event in 2012 which included: bees, chickens, solar ovens, and a showing of hybrid cars. Arranged a second showing of hybrid cars for 2013's Spring Fling.
  • Sponsors and co-sponsors speakers and videos on environmental topics. Ongoing. Past events have included: "Chasing Ice," Shelly Ryan, and Bill McKibben (see below).
  • Has held classes for congregants, including "Bioregionalism" and "Sustainability."
  • As the Green Sanctuary Committee (former name), qualified the church as a Green Sanctuary through UUA.

 


 

Online Action of the Month (Online Actions are no longer an active feature of this page but the archived ones below are still quite doable.):

2012 November/December -- If you are on Facebook, "like" 350.org. They share photographs, inspiring stories, and informative facts which are different than what is on their web page. http://www.facebook.com/350.org.

2012 February/March --Maps - After the droughts of 2012 (and the current drought), anticipate the future by exploring the Union of Concerned Scientist's Climate Hot Map and the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Change Impact Map.

2011 December/2012 January -- Plant one tree for $1 with The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees project. They are aiming for a billion trees in the Atlantic Forest in the Amazon.

2011 September/December -- Bill McKibben - WATCH (YouTube) or LISTEN (Audio) to Bill McKibben's talk, "Global and Local: Building a Movement to solve the Climate Crisis" which took place at MDUUC. And attend the Moving Planet demonstration in SF on September 24th. Update: Moving Planet was a success with 1,000 attending in SF and 2,000+ events in 180+ countries. View the pictures here.

September 14 -- Al Gore - Now that the event day is past for The Climate Reality Project, videos that were shown that day are still online for you to view. They are very informative.

2011June/August -- Ethical Eating - Delegates at the 2008 General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, FL, selected "Ethical Eating" to be the 2008-2012 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Read more about it at UUA - Ethical Eating.

Eat Locally -- Food - The average fresh food item on our dinner table travels 1,500 miles to get there. Buying locally-produced food eliminates the need for all that fuel-guzzling and greenhouse gas-spewing transportation. Try Local Farmer's Markets, Community Supported Argiculture (CSA), and/or food labeled "Locally Grown" in your supermarket. How you eat you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

2010 April/May -- Local Environmental Jusice - Visit Communties for a Better Environment. They are a group that has been fighting for environmental justice in Richmond (part of C.C. County) for a long time, mainly coping with pollution from the Richmond (and sometimes Martinez) oil refineries. Those in the lower economic strata often are forced to near industries/pollution centers simply because it is cheaper.

2009 September/October/November -- Climate Action - View the inspiring photographs from the International Day of Climate Action, which occurred on Oct. 24th, on flickr. People from 181 countries partook in this event (including some from MDUUC). Find out the significance of 350 and the science behind it by visiting http://www.350.org.

2009 June/July/August -- Wildlife Habitat - The Green Group has certified the MDUUC campus as a Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Certified Habitat program. You can also certify your backyard or patio. This is a non-governmental way to be more Green and provide shelter and food for pollinators and wildlife. Considering the world-wide decrease in bee populations, this is a very-good-thing to do. The requirements are fairly easy to meet and it is also an easy-to-understand way to involve your children/grand-children with environmental issues.

Bees - AND/OR if you don't want to go as far as creating a habitat, you can still help pollinators. Get instructions about how to plant a bee-friendly garden at Help the Honey Bees by Haagen-Daz (the ice-cream company's page has a cute animated graphics, fun for kids.)

2009 April/May -- Reduce Water Use/Lawns - Download and print OUR PDF fact sheets on Water Conservation (nformation on various ways to save water) and our Get Rid of Your Lawn Campaign (information about drought resistant plants and Californian native plants).

 2009 March/April -- Recycled Paper Products - Save trees and buy recycled paper products. Download National Resource's Defense Council's Shop Smart, Save Forests PDF. Print it out and take it with you when you shop. It is an outstanding example of some of the handy, free Green PDFs on the Net. It is a small, very portable score card for: facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, and paper napkins. It shows what percentage of each is actually made from recycled material, and how each was bleached to be white. Look for products labeled totally chlorine-free (TCF) or processed chlorine-free (PCF).

(For instructions on printing PDFs double-sided (and smaller), see How to Print PDF Files and also see A Little About PDFs.)


The Internet is an incredible resource for being Green. There are even more actions available under Social Justice and Green Resources, Green Actions. Green Education has links for self and child education (the child education links are great!). 

Photograph -- Chapel Redwood Grove on MDUUC grounds