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What is Green Sanctuary (VUUGS)?

A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community.

Why is VUU involved?

The Green Sanctuary program is an organized way for us to focus and guide our VUU community in taking actions to live our 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Who is involved?

VUUGS members are your fellow members of VUU. All of our members wear a Green Sanctuary badge each Sunday.

What are our upcoming activities?

The next Highway Cleanup will be on Saturday October 31 We will gather at the Circle K on the corner of old Price and Queen Creek at 8:45 am. We are typically done by 10:30. Those who want to carpool from VUU please sign up so we know how many are coming. The car pool will meet at TBD am at VUU. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes and a hat. The gloves, bags and safety vests are supplied. No children under 12 please.

Our next monthly VUUGS meeting: Sunday, September 27th 2015, at 11:50am after the service in the Conference room.

On Sunday, November 18 2012 we dedicated our Green Sanctuary Garden which has since successfully completed four growing seasons.

Learn and grow with the Green Sanctuary Garden:
On Saturday Sept. 19 to add compost and nutrients to the soil for the fall/winter garden. Work at your own pace. Light tasks are also available, such as sorting seeds, bringing drinks, and refreshments and setup. Come at 7:00am or when you can make it. We will finish at 10am. Bring a wheelbarrow, rake and shovel if you have them. Snacks are provided. Wear sun protection and bring a water bottle. Older children are welcome with an adult.

Thanks for your support of this environmental justice project of our Green Sanctuary congregation!

The Green Sanctuary Garden is a large vegetable garden in the northwest corner of the VUU property.

VUU Seed Exchange, Sunday, 8/30/15- Please save and bring in old prescription pill containers for our seed exchange. You can put them on the Green sanctuary table. Then on 8/30, bring your favorite saved seeds to share with others. Over the last 3 months the garden contributed 500 pounds of food to the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA). We are looking for volunteers for the fall Garden, the next work day is 19 Sept 2015, first thing in the morning, mark your calendars!

Over 200 feet of garden rows and 4 large raised beds supply produce to charity and provide opportunity for VUU members and the community to learn to garden. Volunteers help choose what and when to plant, maintain the garden and participate in a community that has fun together while we harvest and learn. We encourage families and children to experience the wonder of growing healthy food! To volunteer please contact Karen S. at greensanctuary@inphoenix.us.

Compost your coffee grounds and kitchen scraps.
Compost is ‘cooking’ near the garden. Please bring used coffee grounds, kitchen scraps and shredded paper from home or the office. No oils, or meat. There are 3 bins near the northwest corner of the parking lot. Please turn the layers so dry ingredients are on the top. Our garden benefits from the rich compost. It is the best ingredient we can add!
TBD will be the next Garden Team meeting- after the service If you would like to join the garden team please attend a meeting, or let Karen know that you’d like to participate in the future.
The green themed service was on 27 April 2014, the return of Rev. Michael Dowd, was exceptional!
What have been our recent accomplishments?

VUU is an accredited Green Sanctuary Congregation!

We have been working on reducing water and electric usage here at VUU
We have made repairs and improvements to the irrigation system and landscaping
We have been offering insulated grocery bags to reduce plastic usage
We have been active in the RE program
We have done services for VUU, the last was 20 Mar 2011 and 15 April 2012
We have participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program, keeping Queen Creek road clean for years!
Click here to see our Green Sanctuary Accreditation Certificate

When and Where does VUUGS meet?

Usually Noon to 1 PM on the 1st Sunday of the month in the Conference room. Check for more information at our Yahoo Group

How can I find out more about Valley UU Green Sanctuary (VUUGS!)?

Contact VUUGS

How can I find out more about saving energy?

Take a look at: Slay Energy Vampires!

How can I find out about the Ministry for Earth?

Take a look at: UU Ministry for Earth

What are some other sites of interest?

To receive less paper mail: catalog choice

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: worldwatch.org

Calculate your carbon footprint: carbonfund.org