The Green Sanctuary Group works in partnership with local faith-based organizations and individual organizations to involve our congregation in environmental justice efforts. The group works on projects within our congregation and out in the community to increase our own knowledge and to increase the impact of current environmental campaigns. Green Sanctuary meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Johnson room.

Green Sanctuary Field Trip

Have you ever wondered what happened to all the items we recycle? You can find out first-hand by joining Green Sanctuary’s field trip to the North Gateway Transit Station on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The station is at 30205 N. Black Canyon Highway.

The tour will start at 10:30 AM and last about an hour. You may choose to meet us at the Station or carpool from UUCP. Those wishing to carpool should plan to meet at UUCP by 9:30 AM so we can leave by 9:45. Those wishing to have lunch together afterward may join us at First Watch Café, 3780 Happy Valley Rd, Suite 110.

UUJAZ has a number of teams that focus on different issues. There is a Water Team which tries to influence policy about water, its availability, quality, price, etc.  As we in AZ are in a prolonged drought, it behooves us to be aware of legislature affecting water in AZ.  One helpful bill is SB 1475 which asks that “ecological water” be recognized. There are also harmful bills. For up to date news on bills, please sign up for Anne Schneider’s “Legislature Digest” by contacting annestest1@googlegroups.com . You may sign up for “Request to Speak” which allows you to comment electronically on bills when they are in committees.  Find out more about it at: https://goo.gl/W1ZRS9

Did you know that an inch of rain delivers 0.62 gallons of water to every square foot?  This represents 62 gallons on every 100 square feet and over 900 gallons on a roof covering 1500 sq ft. and nearly 3000 gallons on a 60 ft. by 80 ft. lot. The Watershed Management Group is a non-profit that helps people install rainwater harvesting tanks/cisterns, greywater systems, composting toilets and other water conserving structures such as curb cuts and retention basins. A field trip to their Tucson facility is in the planning stages. Stay tuned.

Contact Laurel Hardin for more information.