Mount Vernon Unitarian Church is building an action-based culture of care for the Earth.
In May of 2019 we adopted an official commitment to a year-long, church focus on climate change, educate ourselves, and to take action. To do this, volunteers created the Climate Action Team, under the Program Council.
The Climate Action Team (CAT) organizes and lead projects, sets goals, brings in speakers, sends email news, and educates to move more people from hope to action.
Contact Climateaction@mvuc.org to learn more about activities and groups, which include:
- Food/Diet (link to Plant Rich Diet Team blog)
- Zero Waste
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Brief History of Climate Action at MVUC:
2008: Mount Vernon Unitarian Church received a Green Sanctuary Certification from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, a process which took volunteers about 5 years to complete.
In May of 2014 our congregation adopted a Statement of Conscience affirming a commitment to several actions to respond to climate change.
In 2011-12, MVUC replaced existing HVAC equipment for the Meeting House with a renewable energy system. A geothermal installation for heating and cooling is combined with solar panels to generate electricity to heat and cool the sanctuary and office spaces.
In January of 2019, the Social Justice Committee agreed to expand action on the Statement of Conscience, adopted in May 2014.
On May 5, 2019, recognizing the immensity of the threat to our planet, we established a church-wide Climate Action Team.