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.