Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, KY

The Environment

Task Force

Weaving respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

We strive to increase awareness of sustainable living concepts within our congregation and the community at large. We meet monthly.  Everyone is welcome to join or just visit. For information on the Denominational Green Sanctuary Program, please visit www.uuministryforearth.org.

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Green Sanctuary Program

At our Congregational Meeting on on May 22, 2011, UUCL members voted unanimously to support our application for Green Sanctuary status and we've achieved that goal!!

Our goal in this program was to integrate sustainable living concepts in all activities of our church. UUCL was the first church to participate in the PRIDE of the Bluegrass Waste Busters program. Some of our steps towards Green Living include:

  • use recycled paper
  • recycle paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, steel, and cardboard
  • use regular flatware and china
  • avoid using chemicals on our grounds or in our building per our Integrated Pest Management Policy
  • use Earth friendly cleaning supplies
  • teach our children and adults about sustainable living practices
  • visit conferences, events, and churches
  • partner with Jim Embry’s Sustainable Communities
  • partner with GreenLex
  • offered monthly informational sessions about gardening by Kitchen Gardeners of the Bluegrass
  • toured Community Supported Agriculture at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg
  • sponsored The Second Julia Butterfly Hill session at the Lexington Library
  • initiated an external energy audit performed by Kentucky Utilities, after which the church installed energy-saving devices and reduced costs
  • held an Environmental Justice Festival and Trunk Sale.  This event increased awareness of environmental issues, and provided an opportunities to reuse and recycle items people no longer needed. 
  • recently implemented its Johnny Appleseed Project, which uses the apple trees on UUCL property as a resource to feed those less fortunate.  The harvest from these trees was donated to God's Pantry and other emergency food agencies.