Our building has been Energy Star® certified since 2015 with scores in the high- to mid-90th percentile as compared with other buildings of worship nationally.
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington believe that fighting to slow –and preparing to deal with– global warming is our greatest generational challenge, and that our congregation should lead by example. In 2005 members organized the Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change (GSTF). See current and past GSTF projects on the Green Sanctuary page of the church website.
Our congregation is seen as a leader by area congregations, and Earth Care, an interfaith organization, was co-founded and has often been led by members of this church. We track our energy and water use through Energy Stewards, which then uploads data to EPA Energy Portfolio Manager. At the end of each calendar year, we apply for certification through the Portfolio Manager website. Contact the church office for access to Energy Stewards: office (at) uubloomington.org.
REDUCING OUR IMPACT ON OUR EARTH
We focused on four areas to reduce our impact on our Earth:
- Improvements to our building
- “Get in a Zone!”
4. Creating a Carbon Sink –To learn how our grounds projects have helped reduce our carbon footprint by improving the soil and adding trees, bushes, and native plants, go to PERMACULTURE PROJECT.