Most of us are aware of the enormous environmental challenges our world faces today. In response, many UUFWC members live out our Seventh Principle (respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part) by practicing environmental stewardship and making every effort to become better stewards of the Earth.

Our Building • In 2006 our new building received Leed Gold certification, the first for a place of worship in the USA. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is widely accepted as the benchmark for buildings that are environmentally friendly and healthy for occupants. Click here for more on what qualified our building for LEED certification.

We didn’t stop there… 

23.5 KW solar array
23.5 KW solar array

In May of 2013, our Fellowship, in partnership with the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network and Third Sun Solar,installed a 23.52 kilowatt solar array on our rooftop. This solar powered array will replace a significant amount of fossil/nuclear electricity formerly purchased by the fellowship.

Green Sanctuary Program • In Spring of 2016, we received our certification as a UUA Green Sanctuary Congregation with a vision of a healthier, more sustainable future, our Green Sanctuary Team offers projects and programs for our church, homes and communities.

 

Other ways that we reduce, reuse, recycle…

Adopt-a-Highway • Volunteers pick up trash along a two-mile stretch of State Route #3 North. Contact Jay Klemme.

Inkjet Cartridge Recycling • Ink cartridges are collected for reuse at the Fellowship in the box on the Social Action table. Contact Helen Ostermiller.

Cell Phone and Inkjet Cartridge Recycling • cell phones and accessories and printer cartridges are collected in a labeled box on the Social Action table. Contact Helen Ostermiller.

Paper Retriever Program • the large green and yellow recycling bin on the UUFWC driveway accepts newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail, paperback books, and folders. This reduces landfill use, saves water and energy.