Green Sanctuary - History

Photo by Janis Sutherland


The Green Sanctuary Committee was begun in 2003 by Amy Lent and Thayer Heath as a subcommittee of the Social Responsibilities Council. Early efforts were focused on making our church more sustainable. Over the years our goal has expanded to include activism and actions toward preservation of the global environment on which all life depends, by working to make the Earth sustainable and by addressing climate change.

Significant mileposts

Albany UU was accredited in 2008 as a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Solar panels installed in 2012-2013.

Anti-fracking resolution of 2013-14.

The Compendium of Green Tips, 2014.

Seminar in 2016, “Climate Change … and You … and Us,” three sessions led by Rev. Sam on Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything.”

Composting in worm bins introduced in 2016 in the Religious Education program (ongoing).

Do-more survey of the congregation and Results in 2017.

Tree-planting in 2017.

Formation of SHARE, the Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy, in 2017 (ongoing, see Working With SHARE).

GSC-sponsored Forums

  • Zero Waste Efforts, Tina Lieberman and Anasha Cummings, March 1, 2019, 7PM, starting at 6PM with potluck, followed by speakers at 7PM, FUUSA

  • The movie, “Cowspiracy” with Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, March 13, 2019, 6PM, Channing Hall, FUUSA

  • Richard Perez, Latest Developments in Solar, 12/6/18

  • Dandelion, Home Geothermal, 9/30/17

  • Judith Enck, “The Trump Assault on the Environment, and What You Can Do About It,” 9/28/17

  • Potluck and Movie: Before the Flood, 12/2/16

  • Bob Cohen & Ruth Foster, Climate Advocacy, 11/13/16

  • Potluck and Movie: This Changes Everything, 4/23/16

  • Potluck and Movie: Merchants of Doubt, 9/18/15

  • David Musser, Kathy Harris, Sam Trumbore, Chuck Manning, Chris Bystroff, Carol Butt, Home Solar, 9/14/14

  • Richard Perez, “Solar Energy,” 11/17/13

  • Scott Kellog, Composting – Radix Center, 9/12

  • Miriam Katz, Climate Change, 11/13/11