As a Green Sanctuary, we here are UU Wellesley Hills are proud co-sponsors of the 2019 "It's Vital Not To Idle" campaign, which will launch on Mon. April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day🌏 .

Area Girl Scouts will be at different schools next week thanking drivers for *not* idling with handmade car fresheners. Signs will be up placed in local parks and there will be a media push around the topic. Idling is not only against the law, it's also unhealthy, especially for children.

Did you know:
- 40+ hazardous air pollutants are emitted from engine exhaust?
- 10 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting the engine?
-  your car warms up 2 times faster by driving rather than idling on a cold day?
-  5 minutes of idling is the legal limit before violating Massachusetts State Law?
-  the first offense penalty is $100 and the second and subsequent ones are $500?
- outdoor air pollution is one of the 8 leading triggers for asthma attacks?
-  2 minutes of idling uses as much fuel as traveling 1 mile?
-  1 gallon of gas produces 17lbs of CO2, contributing to the greenhouse effect?

 We're joining with the Wellesley Police, Health and Public Works departments, as well as Wellesley's Natural Resources Commission, Wellesley Green Schools, Sustainable Wellesley, and the Girls Scouts in this important effort.

So please - turn off your engine the next time you are waiting in the car! It can improve public health, protect the environment and enhance the quality of life.🍀 🌱🌲

Our Green Sanctuary Ministry Team works to honor the interconnected web of life and to make this UU principle more visible and real to the congregation by promoting environmental sustainability at UU Wellesley and in the larger community.   We also work to maintain our official designation as a Green Sanctuary Congregation through the Unitarian Universalist Association.  To these ends we have advocated for plate collections to help our church buildings become more energy efficient:  funds raised have enabled us to install better outdoor lighting, replace light bulbs in our Parish Hall with good quality LEDs, obtain a new, more energy efficient freezer for the church kitchen, and to purchase 10-25% renewable energy.
We also have promoted educational programs on climate change and the importance of including native plants in the landscape.  We have developed sustainability guidelines for all church events under the organizing principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle.  We collaborate with community groups, such as the Green Collaborative of Wellesley and Sustainable Wellesley.

We welcome new members to join us. Check the UU Wellesley Hills Calendar, or click HERE to send an email requesting more information.