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Green Sanctuary

Our commitment to a sustainable world.


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

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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

  • Educate ourselves

  • Set an example in the community

  • 'Nudge' toward greener habits

  • Develop creative hobbies

Share ideas

We will periodically share ideas on how we can make a greener world in our blog.

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