Green Policy for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
Approved by the Board of Trustees on November 11, 2009
Green Committee developed the following green policy to support and
advance its commitment to live in greater accordance with the UU
Seventh Principle, ”Respect for the interdependent web of all
existence of which we are part.”
products will be preferred over products made from virgin materials
(i.e. office paper, printer ink, disposable paper products, trash
to minimize use of disposable items and maximize use of reusable
items (i.e. cups, forks, knives, plates, etc).
paper, cans, bottles, cardboard, and plastics within facilities and
biodegradable kitchen scraps and yard waste.
and copy documents on both sides of paper when possible.
of kitchen goods will favor low packaging content.
grown foods and less-processed food items will be sought.
foods are encouraged.
cleaning products will be sought for kitchen and maintenance
(biodegradable, no phosphate, no dyes/fragrance).
sustainable design and green building concepts in remodeling and/or
construction projects to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certification standards.
thermostat set to 55 degrees F in winter during times of no
occupancy; raise temperature to 68 degrees when occupied.
that can be heated and cooled more efficiently should be utilized
utilization should maximize opportunity for consecutive or
concurrent activities, when building is already heated or cooled.
and seal the buildings against heat loss as much as possible.
means to passively heat and cool buildings.
off lights when not in use.
use of motion sensing light fixtures throughout facilities.
off computers and other electronic equipment when not in use.
all lighting with efficient alternatives (LED and Compact
replacing appliances and equipment, purchase highly-rated energy