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Green Sanctuary


From the UUCOV campus to our homes and from our pulpit to our lifespan education classrooms, we strive to live our seventh principle "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Our sanctuary is solar powered and our campus is landscaped with native and Florida Friendly landscaping. We engage our youth in learning about the environment and how to take care of our Earth. We provide timely forums and seminars to our adult congregants as well as the public at large on sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice. We also celebrate the Earth with our annual Earth Day Intergenerational Service.

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Green Sanctuary News

Register Now

climate changeSusan Brinckerhoff will facilitate ‘Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions’, a Northwest Earth Institute Course. This five-week course, beginning on Thursday, February 8th, 1:00pm, is limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.
Presented in an interactive format, this discussion course integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans that help you roll your sleeves up and get started taking action toward a better tomorrow.For info or to secure one of the 10 spots, contact Jaye Williams 941-587-2981.

Have you noticed…?

...the new addition to the UUCOV campus? The Green Sanctuary Committee hopes that the new BIKE RACK will inspire all to use biciycles as much asBike Rack possible, with the goal of lessening fossil fuel emissions as well as adding to good health.

Good News Department

solar panel4The monthly cost for electricity for the Sanctuary is $10.87. Definitely an improvement over the $375-430 before the solar panels!

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Recycling, But Were Afraid to Ask

Details of this program, sponsored by Green Sanctuary Committee, are in Lifespan Education (above). Invite your friends!

Battery Disposal or Recycle?

Batteries that contain mercury should be recycled responsibly. Lithium batteries, those small, round ones used for hearing aids, watches, and car keylarge batteries AA AAA D C 33.3 16836 fobs, are toxic; do not throw them in the trash. Instead, bring them to UUCOV on Sundays. On the Welcome table, near the headphones, is a round container in which to deposit them for recycling. Mercury-free batteries CAN be disposed of in household waste; if you aren’t sure whether your hearing aid batteries are mercury-free, check the packaging. If the battery package does not say “mercury-free” assume it is not safe to toss and bring it to UUCOV for safe disposal. Today’s common household batteries: AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds and 9-volts: are not thought to pose as great a threat to properly equipped modern landfills as they used to because they contain much less mercury than their predecessors. As a result, most municipalities now recommend simply throwing such batteries away with your trash. Nevertheless, they still do contain trace amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic stuff, so as an environmentally concerned consumer. you might feel better recycling them, too.
BTW, car batteries are recyclable and, in fact, are quite valuable. Auto part stores will gladly take them back, as will many residential waste transfer stations.