Most of us are aware of the enormous environmental challenges our world faces today. In response, many UUFWC members live out our Seventh Principle –respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part– by practicing environmentalism and making every effort to become better stewards of the Earth.
Our Building • In 2006 our new building received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, the first for a place of worship in the USA. LEED is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is widely accepted as the benchmark for buildings that are environmentally friendly and healthy for occupants. Click here for more on what qualified our building for LEED certification.
We didn’t stop there…
In May 2013, the UUFWC, in partnership with the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network and Third Sun Solar,installed a 23.52 kilowatt solar array on our rooftop. This solar-powered array will replace a significant amount of fossil and nuclear electricity formerly purchased by the Fellowship.
Green Sanctuary Program • In spring 2016, we earned our certification as a UUA Green Sanctuary Congregation. This involved our Green Sanctuary Team creating ongoing projects and programs for our church, homes and communities to live a healthier, more sustainable future.
Other ways that we reduce, reuse, recycle…
Adopt-a-Highway • Volunteers pick up trash along a two-mile stretch of State Route #3 , just north of Wooster. Contact Jay Klemme.
Inkjet Cartridge Recycling • Ink cartridges are collected for reuse at the Fellowship in the box on the Social Action table. Contact Helen Ostermiller.
Paper Retriever Program • The large green and yellow recycling bin on the UUFWC driveway accepts newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail, paperback books, and folders. This reduces landfill use, and saves water and energy.