UUCC Green Policy

Green Policy for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Approved by the Board of Trustees on November 11, 2009

The 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.””

  • Use only what is needed and strive to minimize waste whenever possible.

  • Recycled-content products will be preferred over products made from virgin materials (i.e. office paper, printer ink, disposable paper products, trash bags).

  • Strive to minimize use of disposable items and maximize use of reusable items (i.e. cups, forks, knives, plates, etc).

  • When used, disposable items will be biodegradable.

  • Recycle paper, cans, bottles, cardboard, and plastics within facilities and at events.

  • Compost biodegradable kitchen scraps and yard waste.

  • Print and copy documents on both sides of paper when possible.

  • Purchase of kitchen goods will favor low packaging content.

  • Locally grown foods and less-processed food items will be sought.

  • Vegetarian/vegan foods are encouraged.

  • Least-toxic cleaning products will be sought for kitchen and maintenance (biodegradable, no phosphate, no dyes/fragrance).

  • Incorporate sustainable design and green building concepts in remodeling and/or construction projects to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.

  • Keep thermostat set to 55 degrees F in winter during times of no occupancy; raise temperature to 68 degrees when occupied.

  • Rooms that can be heated and cooled more efficiently should be utilized first.

  • Building utilization should maximize opportunity for consecutive or concurrent activities, when building is already heated or cooled.

  • Insulate and seal the buildings against heat loss as much as possible.

  • Optimize means to passively heat and cool buildings.

  • Turn off lights when not in use.

  • Maximize use of motion sensing light fixtures throughout facilities.

  • Turn off computers and other electronic equipment when not in use.

  • Replace all lighting with efficient alternatives (LED and Compact Fluorescent, CFL).

  • When replacing appliances and equipment, purchase highly-rated energy efficient models.