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

  • Read Paul Fisk’s Commentary in the Times Union, “Remember reality of climate crisis when casting vote.

  • Read the recent article in the Times Union on the Faith and Values page about the Green Sanctuary Committee HERE.

  • Earth Day launching of our campaign to make AlbanyUU green; UU members help us begin by taking the renewable energy SURVEY.

  • The Green Sanctuary Committee supports a new online directory,  The website has resources for growing and buying locally, with a directory that is devoted to a free promotion of businesses/organizations that are sustainable or socially responsible.  This is your go-to place for finding sustainable local businesses, and for supporting local agriculture, including your own back yard.  You can also refer a business on the “Contacts” page.

  • A number of local petitions are available for signing on the CRICCC website, including the Albany Clean Air Law, Stop the Albany Loop (E37) Pipeline, Divestment of fossil fuel from the NYS Pension Fund, Appoint climate justice leaders to the Climate Action Council of the CLCPA, and Stop the Danskammer Fracked Gas Plant.

  • 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 Ministry for Earth. See our HISTORY PAGE for more background and a (partial) list of accomplishments, such as our 2012-13 SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION PAGE 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 SHAREPAGE.

People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE)

Solarize Albany

Interfaith Impact of NYS

Capital Region Interfaith Creation Care Coalition (CRICCC)

New York Interfaith Power and Light (NYIPL)

Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP)

Zero Waste Capital District

Extinction Rebellion 

Buy Local, Grow Local


Chris Bystroff, Acting Chair and Forum Coordinator

Barbara Spink, Recording Secretary

Sandy Steubing, Public Relations

David Musser/Barbara Spink, Webpage Administrators

Karen Kaufmann and Carol Butt, Social Responsibilities Council Liaisons

OPEN POSITION, Religious Education Council Liaison

Join Us

We meet on the fourth Sunday of the month on the lower level of AlbanyUU, excluding August.  (Join us virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.) 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