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Our commitment to a sustainable world.
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The Unitarian Universalist Association's Green Sanctuary program is a national initiative to help UU congregations become more environmentally sustainable. Congregations that participate in the program commit to reducing their environmental impact, educating their members about environmental issues, and taking action to promote environmental justice.
We believe that our Green Sanctuary efforts are important because they reflect our commitment to our Seventh Principle, which calls us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We also believe that we have a responsibility to future generations to leave them a healthy and sustainable planet.
Help us to
Create wildlife habitat at Westside
We are working to create a safe habitat for plants and animals on our campus. This will provide food, cover, water, and nesting space for animals.
Riparian buffer to protect the stream running through the church grounds
Maintain native prairie grassland
Create a landscape dominated by native plants
Want a native-to-Tennessee tree for your yard, business, or farm? We've got 'em! Tennessee Tree Day is a statewide event by the Tennessee Environmental Council. Order your trees now, to be delivered in March. Many varieties available. Prices start at $1.99 and go up to $3.99. A small donation to the council is appreciated, but scholarships are available!
Westside makes no money from this event.
Reduce carbon footprints
Establish baseline carbon footprint
Conduct energy audit
Estimate costs & benefits of proposed improvements to reduce reliance on fossil fuels
Enjoy simpler lifestyles
Set an example in the community
'Nudge' toward greener habits
Develop creative hobbies
We will periodically share ideas on how we can make a greener world in our blog.
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