UUC has the honor of being a Green Sanctuary (click HERE to learn about what that means), and we take our responsibilities to Mother Earth very seriously.
Here are some of our "green" efforts:
Community Vegetable Garden: Beacon Food Forest
Energy Efficient bulbs and equipment
Recycling + Composting on Campus
Originally nurtured and managed by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, the program was designed to give roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth that is central to our lives. The Green Sanctuary Program is voluntary and participation provides a framework for congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to taking responsibility for our planet. It is a way for all Unitarian Universalists to join our efforts, both symbolically and explicitly, in becoming stewards of the Earth. Please reach out to us at (727) 531-7704 to inquire how you can help.
UUC GREEN SANCTUARY COVENANT
WE THE UNDERSIGNED,
Recognizing the fragile and interdependent state of our Earth and all living beings;
Recognizing the need to protect and maintain the quality of our common life-giving natural resources such as water, soil and air;
Recognizing the need to join with others to foster a sustainable society based on respect for our planet and all its life-giving resources; and
Recognizing our universal human rights to a clean environment:
DO THEREFORE DECLARE
To one another, the greater community of life, and to future generations, our acceptance of
responsibility for preserving and protecting the health, vitality, beauty and diversity of this planet Earth.
TO THIS END
As members of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Florida, and participants in the Green
Sanctuary program, we pledge to encourage one another in a personal and congregational commitment
to living the promise through our Unitarian Universalist Principles, including the Seventh Principle,
“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
In addition to specific projects and activities, we make the following commitments:
We incorporate Seventh Principle values and practices into our worship services, celebrations and religious education programs.
We live lightly on the Earth and strive to continually improve our environmental impact.
We support efforts to improve the quality of our watershed.
We affirm and promote programs to raise the awareness of human behaviors that affect the health and sustainability of the living Earth.
We celebrate the spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred Circle of Life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythm of nature.
We champion bold initiatives to defend at-risk populations adversely affected by climate change.
Adapted by the Environmental Justice Committee on April 6, 2023
Accepted by the Congregation at the Annual Meeting on May 7, 2023
Download the UUC Green Sanctuary Covenant HERE
Our Board of Trustees recently met and adopted a new Environmental Policy, which is available for download HERE. This policy is **aspirational**. We may not execute all of these perfectly all the time, but we are certainly committed to the effort!