Green Living Committee

We join with other UU communities across the world in engaging in Climate Justice Month, beginning on March 19 and concluding on April 23, 2017. At the 2016 UUA General Assembly, we made an Action of Immediate Witness to support the campaign "Commit 2 Respond." The world made efforts toward respect for our Earth with the Paris Talks in December, 2015. Now is the time for our work to begin. In March, 2017, we officially became a Green Sanctuary church. We are also working with the City of Santa Monica to become a Green Business.

The Green Living Committee usually meets on the first Sunday of each month to discuss how to promote Climate Justice Action in our community and beyond. We are also working to become a Green Sanctuary Church. We promote green living practices for all, and lessen our collective footprint on the earth. All are welcome at our meetings and events. Please contact green@uusm.org to verify time and date.

We ascribe to and are inspired by the Unitarian Universalist Association's 2006 Statement of Conscience on the Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, which states in part:

Earth is our home. We are part of this world and its destiny is our own. Life on this planet will be gravely affected unless we embrace new practices, ethics, and values to guide our lives on a warming planet. As Unitarian Universalists, how can our faith inform our actions to remedy and mitigate global warming/climate change? We declare by this Statement of Conscience that we will not acquiesce to the ongoing degradation and destruction of life that human actions are leaving to our children and grandchildren. We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical responses. As a people of faith, we commit to a renewed reverence for life and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Useful "Climate Justice" link:

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth - UU Ministry for Earth (formerly the Seventh Principle Project) is an affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our mission is to facilitate and support the work of Unitarian Universalists by affirming and promoting the Seventh Principle of the UUA, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Our members believe that the Earth is in peril from human activities, and for us as people of faith, this is a moral and spiritual crisis of utmost importance.

Take our Green Building Education Tour

Throughout our campus we have greatly invested in becoming more Sustainable. We vote for climate justice with our dollars. Take our Green Building Tour and see our creative and innovative green building features.

The Ten Commandments of Our Mother Earth

1. Thou shalt love and honor the Earth, for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.

2. Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.

3. Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.

4. Thou shalt give thanks for thy food to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.

5. Thou shalt limit thy offspring for multitudes of people are a burden unto the Earth.

6. Thou shalt not kill nor waste Earth's riches upon weapons of war.

7. Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth's expense, but strive to restore it's damaged majesty.

8. Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.

9. Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.

10. Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share Earth's bounty.


Green Living News

Apr 2018

APRIL IS CLIMATE JUSTICE MONTH
Get Involved with UUSM’s Green Living Committee

 
The Green Living Committee will host a special Earth Day Service on April 29 on the theme of “Committing to Respond in a Changing Climate: Acting Amid Despair,” led by Green Living Committee Chair Alison Kendall in
partnership with Worship Associate James Witker. The service will explore meaningful actions we can take, from the personal to the political levels to address climate change, featuring ideas, recent environmental actions, and projects by UUSM members in the Green Living and Peace and Social Justice groups. The service is the culmination of Climate Justice Month, and will examine the high cost to future generations of inadequate action to address climate change.
 
Ideas and opportunities to act will be featured in the Green Living and Climate Action Fair, to be held from 10 am to 1 pm in the courtyard off Forbes Hall. Green Living Committee members and local environmental groups will provide information on a wide range of Green Living and Climate Action topics. Come stroll among the displays and learn about sustainable food, edible organic gardening, drought tolerant landscaping, home energy conservation, green remodeling, electric cars, bicycling. There’ll be information on sustainable mobility. carbon fee and dividend policies, and Santa Monica’s local climate action and adaptation plans. Hands-on activities for youth and others will be included.
 
We invite you to celebrate Climate Justice Month by completing one of the Carbon Footprint Calculators below at the start and end of the month. Be sure to answer honestly and commit to respond to climate change by taking at least three actions during the month, so future generations will be able to enjoy the gifts of living in harmony with nature and our beautiful Mother Earth.
 
Cool California Calculator for Households or Businesses
 
Carbon Calculator for Kids or Adults:
 
Let’s compare your scores on April 1 and April 29. We will have Green Living Committee members ready to help you record the results of your green living and climate actions on April 29.
 
In gratitude for the wonder and interdependence of all living beings and our beautiful Mother Earth,
 
Alison Kendall, Green Committee Chair
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Green LIving Committee participated in CSU's Veggie Bus Workday, 10/20/17

Another Sustainable Quality Award for UUSM

 
The Green Living Committee is proud to announce that our UUSM community has won a third commendation from the Sustainable Quality Awards: for Excellence in Stewardship of the Natural Environment. The judges recognized
UUSM’s:
 
Innovation. Our Green Building Education Program is available to visitors, staff and the public (published on our website). Our sustainable building practices included a retrofit of all lighting in the sanctuary and offices to LED Lighting.
 
Commitment. Our Good Neighbor Policy details how we promote alternative transportation methods: bus, walk or bike. Our Sustainable Procurement Policy, FIA film screenings, and work with our partners at CSU Community Services Unlimited in developing the Veggie bus – these all show our commitment to our Seventh Principle.
 
Documented results. We reported measurable results in the reduction of energy use – both at the church and in the homes of members who have made changes because of our green building education practices.
 
The awards, developed in partnership between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works, recognize local businesses who demonstrate excellence in helping Santa Monica continue to move toward a more sustainable future. “Through this celebration, we hope to drive innovation and motivate others to also invest in sustainable practices, and ultimately the future of a sustainable Santa Monica,” said Laurel Rosen, president of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. “The city of Santa Monica is proud to honor and applaud each and every one of these businesses’ dedication to maintaining the quality of life in our community.” The annual awards ceremony will take place April 26.
 
We had two winning submissions in 2010 for Excellence in Social Responsibility and Stewardship of the Natural Environment. Next year, we plan to apply for the Grand Prize Award. We will need to demonstrate excellence in all three domains: Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship of the Natural Environment.
 
Credit is due to all the Green Living Committee members who inspire sustainability here at church and practice it at home, and to all our members who carry our Seventh Principle out into the world.
 
Beth Brownlie