Environmental Justice 2018-01-16T22:25:45+00:00

Environmental Justice

As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to our Seventh Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Because we feel a strong sense of stewardship for our planet, we try to be as environmentally responsible as possible.

How Is UUSD Green?

UUSSD_Environmental Justice_02Our Green Building
Our new building was designed with many energy efficient features, making us one of the “greenest” churches in Delaware. Continued

UUSSD_Environmental Justice_01Our Green Sanctuary
In 2011, UUSD was accredited as a Green Sanctuary. This UU designation is given to a congregation that has examined its current environmental impact, and then moved toward developing sustainable practices grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Continued

Our sanctuary showing solar panels on the roof

Our Green Team
Our 7th UU Principle encourages us to have, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” In keeping with that concept, the Social & Environmental Justice Committee formed a Green Team to oversee our congregation’s environmental justice work. Continued

UUSSD_Environmental Justice_03Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DEIPL)
UUSD was the first Delaware congregation to join DEIPL, a member of a national organization whose mission is “to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.”

UUSSD_Environmental Justice_04Designing Sustainable Gardens at UUSD
UUSD’s Landscape Management Committee and the University of Delaware Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture Program began working together in 2016 to plan sustainable garden areas for our church property, which will include a Meditation Garden and a Labyrinth. Continued

UUSSD_Environmental Justice_05Annual Beach Clean-Up
Each spring, members walk a section of the Cape Henlopen State Park beach in Lewes, picking up debris that has washed in over the winter. We then gather at the Park Pavilion for a potluck picnic.

UUSSD_Environmental Justice_06Adopt a Highway Project
UUSD has committed to cleaning a section of Sweet Briar Road off Route 9 near our building. Our UUSD Men’s Covenant Group coordinates this project. Continued