Green Sanctuary Committee

Who We Are

As a subcommittee of the Social Responsibilities Council, GSC was begun as an effort to make our church more sustainable.  Since these early efforts, our goal has become to preserve the global environment on which all life depends by working to make the Earth sustainable and by addressing climate change.

Current Initiatives

  • January 19 Sunday Service (10-11am) and Forum (11:45am-1pm): “Listen to the Earth: Perspectives on the Planetary Crisis.” Speakers at both the service and forum will be Meghan Marohn, chair of Albany UU Green Sanctuary and active in Extinction Rebellion; and Keith Schue, electrical engineer and full-time environmental activist.

  • January 30 Forum, “Community Choice Aggregation (CCA),” 6:30-8pm in Channing Hall. Presentation by Louise Gava, CCA Project Leader for MEGA, the administrator for the bulk electricity buying program that the Cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy and eleven other municipalities in New York’s Capital Region are exploring. Residents and small business owners are encouraged to attend to learn more about the better electric rates, stable prices and access to renewable electricity through CCA.  To see the full list of participating municipalities visit

  • Sign a Petition to Stop the Albany Loop (E37) Pipeline; Link for organizations and link for individuals.

  • GSC continues to recycle a number of items in the cloakroom that cannot be recycled otherwise, such as paper egg cartons and toothpaste tubes.  See the entire list HERE.  Read all the dos and don’ts of recycling in the Capital District written by Steve Davis of the Hudson-Mohawk Group of the Sierra Club entitled Aspirational Recycling

  • Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy (SHARE).  See our Working with SHARE page.  

Our Accomplishments

GSC was begun in 2003 by Amy Lent and Thayer Heath.  Albany UU was accredited in 2008 as a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist Association. See our History page for more background and a (partial) list of accomplishments, such as our 2012-13 solar panel installation and our 2013-14 anti-fracking resolution, along with a list of forums the GSC has sponsored.

Our Partners

SHARE, the Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy.  See our “Working with SHARE” page.

Solarize Albany.

Interfaith Impact of NYS.

Captial Region Interfaith Creation Care Coalition (CRICCC)

New York Interfaith Power and Light (NYIPL)

Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP)

Zero Waste

Extinction Rebellion 


Meghan Marohn, President

Barbara Spink, Recording Secretary

Sandy Steubing, Public Relations

Chris Bystroff, Forum Coodinator

David Musser/Barbara Spink, Webpage Administrators

Karen Kaufmann, Social Responsibilities Council Liaison

OPEN POSITION, Religious Education Council Liaison

Join Us

We meet on the fourth Sunday of the month on the lower level of Albany UU, excluding August.  Please confirm the date and time of each month’s meeting at our office (  Join our email list by sending a request to our office.  You can visit us on Facebook