A GREEN SANCTUARY is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable life style for its members as individuals and as a faith community. Sustainable living is not about our material comfort (though these choices are an important part of the overall life style); it is about choosing to live in a way that nurtures life, builds relationships, and rejects material consumption as the sole determinant of happiness.
DuPage Unitarian Universalist church was accredited as a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) in March 2009. Our work did not end with accreditation. We continue our efforts to sustain and advance "green" principles in our church and in our lives. Read on!
Expanded polystyrene, Styrofoam, is collected quarterly on the first Sundays of January, April, July and October. Accepted items are restaurant take home containers, meat trays, hot cups, egg cartons and packaging foam. No paper labels on any foam, and it must be clean. We will take packing peanuts; they must be bagged. Please separate into food-use Styrofoam and packaging materials, using separate bags (clear if possible). Or - if more convenient, take the Styrofoam to Dart Container Corp, 310 Evergreen Dr, North Aurora (no peanuts accepted at that site)
Directions at . Thanks for helping the earth!
GREEN SANCTUARY BOOKS & DVDs
1.An Inconvenient Truth,Al GoreDVD
2.Environmental Ethics, Joseph Des Jardins
3.An Atlas of Biodiversity, Chicago Wilderness
4.Global Warming; Changing CO2 Use, NW Earth Institute
5.Peak Everything: Waking up to a Century of Decline, Richard Heinberg
6.State of the World 2003,Christopher Flavin
7.Urban Nightmares, Steve Macek
8.Watersheds No. 3, Lisa & Dilllingham Newton
BOOKS PUBLISHED BEFORE 2000
9.Earth In the Balance,Al Gore
10.Earth Works Group: “50 simple things …to save the Earth”
11.A New Covenentwith Nature, Richard Heinberg
12.Environmental Ethics, D. Van de Veer
13.Environmental Philosophy,Michael Zimmerman
14.Global Mind Change: Promise of the 21st Century, Willis Harmon
15.Green Thoughts, Eleanor Pereny
16.Guns, Germs & Steel, Jared Diamond
17.How To Make the World a Better P lace,Jeffry Hollander
18.Let It Rot--A Gardener’s Guide to Composting,Stu Campbell
19.The Ethical Process,Joseph Des Jardins
21.Watersheds No. 1., Lisa & Dillingham Newton
22.Watersheds No. 2., Lisa & Dillingham Newton
GREEN SANCTUARY BOOKS FOR SALE
Earth in the Balance. Al Gore
Sustainable Planet, Edited by W. McDonough Nydia Valazqudz
Crimes Against Nature, Robert Kennedy
Earth Prayers, Edited by Elizabeth Roberts Elias Amidon
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man Nature & Climate Change Elizabeth Kolbert
Earth Day: An Alphabet Book, Gary Kowalski
I Love Our Earth, Bill Martin, Jr.
The Green Sanctuary Committee and Grounds Maintenance Committee have collaborated to upgrade our system for processing kitchen waste. Instead of one white bucket for collecting coffee grounds, we now have two green buckets in which to process any type of food waste, including meat and dairy. The addition of bokashi, a mixture made up of wheat bran, molasses and microorganisms, causes the food scraps to ferment, odor free. Full instructions are posted in the kitchen, so check it out the next time you are on coffee duty or your group is having an event. Pat Clancy will be happy to show off the new system and answer questions any questions you have.
Participate in collections of hard-to-recycle items sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee. Look for dates and information the bi-monthly church Newsletter, the weekly Order of Service, or the online calendar in the right sidebar. On the home page, check the Latest News. Some of the items we've collected in the past have been:
Take note of these other GREEN ideas.
It’s Our Earth, a retail shop in Wheaton will take and “upcycle”:
Second Chance Resale, a resale shop with locations in Naperville and Westmont, will take gently used items for resale to benefit the Family Shelter Service.
Use both sides of paper. Start a paper tray to collect paper (flyers, draft prints, etc.) that has been used on one side only, and use it for notes, reminders, “to-do” lists. Print MAPS and DIRECTIONS and other informal documents on it!
Bring REUSABLE shopping bags with you to the store. Or don’t take a bag when you can carry your purchase yourself.
Look for products made from recycled material: paper goods, like toilet paper and paper towels, and plastic items, like “Ziplock” Evolve and trash bags, are now offered using post-consumer materials. If your favorite store doesn’t carry them, speak to the manager about ordering them.
Look for products with minimal packaging.
If you bring your lunch to work or pack your child’s, use locally grown or produced foods and consider reusable:
Don’t dispose of old prescription drugs in the trash or the toilet. Check with your local police station or pharmacist to see if they are a collection center.
HOLIDAY LIGHT RECYCLING
We collect styrofoam (not eligible for curbside recycling) each quarter and take it to Dart Industries in Aurora for reuse/recycling. In October we had three carloads, even more in January; next collection will be in early May.
Two rain barrels co-purchased with the Grounds Maintenance committee are fully outfitted and collecting via the downspout at the southeast corner of the sanctuary.
Partnering with Building Maintenance committee, we have purchased recycling containers now placed in the church
The Green Sanctuary Committee is partnering with the Naperville Renewable Energy Program to promote the use of clean, renewable energy among members of our congregation.
The DUUC Green Sanctuary Committee is a partner of NCEC, the Naperville Clean Energy and Conservation committee, which is comprised of representatives from a number of religious organizations and private citizens. In June 2008, the city council voted (by a 7-2 margin!) to conduct a community-wide GHG emissions inventory. The inventory has been completed and submitted to the city for action.
The Green Earth Institute holds a yearly Green Earth Fair at the beginning of May. Activities usually include tours, lectures, vendors, children's activities, entertainment. Organic seedlings and native plants may also be offered for sale.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma …Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food …Michael Pollan
Sand County Almanac …Aldo Leopold
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek…Annie Dillard
Life on Earth…Dave Attenborough
The Inconvenient Truth…Al Gore
Lives of a cell…Lewis Thomas
The World Without Us…Alan Weisman
Natural Capitalism...Hawken, Lovins & Lovins
West Chicago Prairie
Northside Park- Wheaton
West Branch of the DuPage River…by canoe
Blackwell Forest Preserve…Warrenville
Prairie Path…goes from Forest Park CTA station to Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, etc.
Hidden Lakes…off Boughton Road in Bolingbrook
Fullersburg Woods…off York Road in Hinsdale
Glacier National Park
Acadia National Park
The peak of any snow-covered mountain
Great Smokey Mountains