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Green Sanctuary

Congregations and congregants working together to restore Earth and renew Spirit.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton was approved as an Accredited Green Sanctuary on March 12, 2013!

The Green Sanctuary Program, originally nurtured and managed by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, was designed to give roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth that is central to our lives.

Voluntary participation in the Green Sanctuary Program provides a framework for congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to the Earth.

The Green Sanctuary Program...

  • Provides the framework for congregations to begin specific projects and activities that lead to recognition as a Green Sanctuary through candidacy and then accreditation.
  • Invites congregations to embark on an exploration of what it means to live today within a religious community on an imperiled Earth.
  • Is a way for all Unitarian Universalists to join our efforts, both symbolically and explicitly, in becoming stewards of the Earth.

A Green Sanctuary is a Congregation that...

  • Has received official recognition for completing the Green Sanctuary Program.
  • Lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating sustainable lifestyles for its members as individuals and as a faith community.
  • Is committed towards creating a religious community that has a fundamental, bottom-line, commitment to living in harmony with the Earth.

Completion of Action Plan

Worship and Celebration Projects (2 required)

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Project Title: "Our Green Sanctuary"

Project Description and Action: In the 2010-11 church year, we plan to continue a series of 4-5 Sunday Services, spread out through the church year, to keep Fellowship members 'fired up' about our candidacy, and the larger good that it represents. We will follow generally the same format as services of church year 2009-2010. These Services incorporate the underlying message of saving our Earth through the message, the music, and the readings.

Timeline for Completion: Beginning in September, 2010, and continuing throughout the formal church year in May, 2010. We will likely alternate these worship programs with the second type, below. We have continued these Services past our target date, to the present.

Outcomes: These services have tended to be more educational in nature, and were often tied to our Green Sanctuary Program progress. Response was favorable, and we were able to impress them with new, energy-related information. Here are some examples:

  • 1/31/10: "Great Low Carbon Diet Weigh-In"
  • 5/23/10: "Our Green Sanctuary" was a year-end wrap-up of our progress.
  • 1/8/12: "Transition Communities-A Message of Hope for our Times"
  • 5/13/12: "Pollution--Has a Defiled River (the Mississippi) Been Reborn?"
  • Every year, we also offered our popular "Blessing of the Animals" service to stress our connection with other living creatures.

Project Title: "The Spirituality of Green"

Project Description and Action: In church years 2010-11 and 2011-12 , we offered monthly services as a challenge to attendees to see the sacred in our natural world, and motivate them to become better caretakers of Earth. We have enjoyed immensely presenting these services, all accompanied by great music, some with video. Here are some examples:

  • 3/14/10: "It's Not Easy Being Green" (Kermit was present and sang that solo)
  • 1/2/11: "We are Made of Stardust"
  • 1/29/12 "Deep Ecology: Something to Believe in"
  • 3/27/12 "The Biology of Belief"
  • 2/26/12 "Aboriginal Dreamtime Spirituality"
  • 4/29/12 "Soundscape Ecology"

Timeline for Completion: Beginning in October, 2010, and continuing throughout the formal church year in May, 2010. These will be alternated with the first type of services, above. We have continued these Services past our target date, to the present.

Outcomes: Response was very good. Many commented that these services offered a new way of visualizing a 'higher power.' One member said one of the sermons was "the best I've every heard." In 2012, our "Blessing of the Animals" is tied to our St. Francis of Assisi service in late October, and our local chapter of Sisters of St. Francis were invited. We began this Project in October, 2010, and we have continued it through 2011, 2012, and into the present.

Religious Education Projects (2 required, 1 for children and 1 for adults)

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Project Title: "Our North American Home"

Project Description and Action: For children's RE in church year 2010-11, we will use this self-developed curriculum, previously presented in 2005, which focuses on the richness of this Continent, as defined by Prairie, Deserts, Forests, Fresh Waters, and Seas. Source materials were gleaned from the excellent book, Face of North America, by Peter Farb, and combine spirituality with classroom education and field trips in our area.

Timeline for Completion: Beginning in Fall of 2010, and continuing through the formal church year.

Outcomes: Since we have no children attending our Fellowship on any regular basis, we still do not have formal R.E. classes. However, two members have created "WebRE" for use by anyone visiting our website. We are uploading different programs, geared to ages 5-12, and encompassing 3 areas: "The Sacred", "Our Earth Home", and "Social Justice". At this point, we hope to change the programs with the seasons. We are able to count how many 'hits' our website receives, but have not yet been able to record how many our RE section has generated, so we have no feedback about it. (Visit our Site at www.uuclinton.org.). One of our members who was working on WebRE has left our Fellowship, and we are searching for her replacement in this area.

Project Title: "Earth Cinema"

Project Description and Action: We began our "Earth Cinema" series, as planned, on 7/9/10 with Hoot, and we continued with a different video each month through 7/17/12 . Again, as planned, our movies were a mix of lighthearted observations about human nature, serious and hard-hitting documentaries about problems and personalities, and movies designed especially for kids. We showed about 25 DVDs, purchasing most of them second-hand, and borrowing a handful of others to keep our presentations "fresh." We sent local press releases and schedules to the Clinton Herald. We advertised with eye-catching flyers about town and through SUSTAINABLE CLINTON'S widely-distributed email system. That linkage has resulted in renewed hope for more 'green' activity. More about SUSTAINABLE CLINTON later in our report.

Timeline for Completion: We hope to begin this project this Spring through the end of the formal church year, then resume Earth Cinema in September, 2010 through that church year. We wound up continuing "Earth Cinema" showing throughout the summer months as well, finally stopping those in July, 2012.

Outcomes: Although the videos were wonderful, we were disappointed by response. Our attendance ranged from a high of 12 attendees, to a low of just two. Participation by UUF members was sketchy as well. We originally presented our "Earth Cinema"' on Friday evenings, hoping for family participation, then switched to Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM, hoping to catch the 'after church' crowd, but there was no improvement in attendance.

Environmental Justice (2 Projects)

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Project Title: "CCASWA Project"

Project Description: The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency is participating in a pilot study conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management Systems. The overall goal of the pilot study is to determine the effectiveness of various land fill practices and provide grants to land fills so effective land fill practices can be implemented. The study requires CCASWA landfill to set goals in the following areas: 1) Yard waste management; 2) Household hazardous materials; 3) Water quality; 4) Greenhouse gas reduction; 5) Recycling; and, 6) Education.

Timeline for Completion: This is a long term project. During 2010, the goal is to network with pilot study members and learn what UU Fellowship of Clinton can do to participate. To date, we have sent out over 80 letters to other denominations in our area, encouraging them to join us in the "Stream Stomp" project.

Outcomes: This goal took a different direction than planned when the CCASWA was not selected for participate in the DNR pilot project. However the CCASWA did organize "Stream Stomp" in 2010, and continued that event in 2011, and 2012. This project was created to use volunteers to clean up large and small area waterways.

To date, six area waterways, including the Clinton stretch of the Mississippi River have been cleaned. In 2011 and 2012, the CCASWA joined with "Living Lands and Waters", a nationally-known environmental group founded by Chad Pregracke to extend the reach of our local efforts. (Visit that website at www.livinglandsandwaters.com). "Living Lands and Waters" organizers' expertise, equipment, and know-how have allowed the "Stream Stomp" crews to remove ever-increasing amount of trash from local waterway, including the Mississippi River. In 2012, crews removed 6500 pounds of rubbish. We have sponsored this event every year, from its beginnings in 2010 through 2012. We are very proud of the T-shirts with our name as sponsor (ours is the longest sponsor name!).

UUFC's Participation in the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency's Stream Stomp

The Clinton UUFC's application for the Green Sanctuary status has been accepted, as of May 2010! This is just the beginning of the process to help to nurture, repair and protect our planet Earth. One of our first environmental justice actions out in the community was to help with the local Clinton County Waterway Cleanup Project, Stream Stomp, on June 5, 2010. Six of our members (one was not available for this picture) participated in the project in Clinton on that day, and helped to collect nearly three tons of refuse from the Mississippi River between the North and South bridges.

Stream Stomp Update for 2011!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton, Iowa, was again a sponsor of Stream Stomp, on July 9, 2011. Again, members of UUFC provided the labor to clean up the Mississippi River and its tributaries, this time the creek bed just south of the old Schick Hospital complex, in Clinton. This time, the organizers of Stream Stomp 2011 announced an exciting new partnership for 2011. Volunteers from Stream Stomp worked in conjunction with volunteers from Living Lands & Waters, as part of their 2nd annual Great Mississippi River Cleanup from St. Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO. The new partnership required the Stream Stomp to be on July 9, 2011, instead of June. UUFC participants were especially proud of how wet, dirty and sweaty they were, and of the huge pile of trash pulled out of the creek!

Stream Stomp Update for 2012!

UUFC again provided sponsorship for the event, which was held on July 7, 2012. Some of us have three T-shirts now! More than 60 volunteers toiled through temperatures in the mid-90s and heat indices approaching 105 degrees to remove almost 6500 pounds of trash, debris, recyclable materials, and other illegally discarded items from the Mississippi River and shoreline areas in Clinton Saturday morning as part of Stream Stomp 2012. The event took place in conjunction with the third annual Living Lands & Waters Great Mississippi River Cleanup from St. Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO.

Boat crews were limited in what could be collected due to excessive heat and higher than expected river levels in the Mississippi. Those in boats attempted to clean areas ranging along Clinton's river front north to the 30th Avenue Boat Ramp area. Those crews were joined on the shore line by volunteers picking up along the shorelines from the US 30 Bridge north the 25th Avenue North Boat Ramp, including along Clinton's Discovery Recreation Trail.

During the three-plus hour cleanup volunteers pulled over 5900 pounds of improperly disposed of litter and debris. These materials included numerous cigarette butts, several pieces of Styrofoam, a seat that had been removed from an automobile, construction boards, multiple mattresses, a child's pool, a street sign, bags, cans, bottles, and containers. In addition to those materials volunteers salvaged 21 tires. Of the materials nearly 500 pounds is slated for recycling, this includes the tires.

Project Title: "Landscaping to Celebrate Urban Birds"

Project Description: Beginning in June 2010, members of the congregation will be asked to give their input regarding landscaping church grounds to attract a variety of bird species. A fund raising project will be held to purchase plantings and necessary equipment. The water of Turtle Creek will be tested to determine potability for wildlife. The summer of 2010 will be one of planning and planting with the goal of a formal dedication in May 2011 to which the public will be invited. A highlight of this dedication will be a puppet show and bird watching activities. Pat Walke envisions a bird watching station from the second level of our building from a window which overlooks the Green Ash tree.

Timeline for Completion: Planning meeting in June 2010. Fund raising/water survey/planting during the summer and fall months. Dedication of "Landscaping for the Birds" in May/June 2011. This will be an ongoing project as congregants can participate in birding surveys as part of the Cornell Ornithology Lab's "Celebrate Urban Birds" Citizen Science Program.

Outcomes: We accomplished our goal in this area, in two ways:

First, we expanded the wildlife-friendly garden on the south side of our building, including a small wetland area in an area of already-poor drainage. Following the advice of lead, Linda Boardsen, native Iowan prairie plants were donated by members. Others were purchased from a new business in the area which specializes in 'heritage' seeds and plants. To date we have planted the following items:

  • FLOWERS: Joe Pye Weed, Red Milkweed, Gloriosa Daisy and Purple Cone Flower (donated by UU member from her mother's 'memory garden', Coreopsis, Trumpet Vine (climbing on a discarded wooden ladder), New England Aster, Cupplant, Bergamot / Bee Balm, Ox-eye Daisy, Purple Prairie Clover, and Cranesbill Geranium (planted by Mother Nature: wind and/or birds.
  • PRAIRIE GRASSES: The following prairie grasses were planted to celebrate Iowa's heritage as a prairie state: Big Bluestem, Indiangrass, Prairie Dropseed.

Second, we held our "Celebration of Urban Birds" presentation on June 9, 2012. We invited the public, including area children and taught them about 12 common birds, using hand-held puppets. After the puppet show, children were able to plant Purple Cone Flower seeds to take home, and draw pictures of birds and their habitats. Response among participants was good, but we had smaller numbers than we hoped.

We did not conduct any testing of Turtle Creek, behind our property, because we chose to participate in cleaning other waterways during "Stream Stomp."

Sustainable Living (4 required, 1 that addresses energy conservation)

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Project Title: Toward a Carbon-Neutral House of Worship: Electricity Use

Project Description and Action: The assessment of our church building shows that we are still inefficiently using electricity. Complete the replacement of the gutters and downspouts on the south side of the building, in hopes that that will fix the water problem, and thus reduce the need for dehumidifiers and fans. Also,

  • Establish a policy that as appliances need to be replaced, they will be replaced with energy-efficient (Energy Star) appliances.
  • Replace the existing dehumidifiers with Energy Star rated ones.
  • Replace the T-12 fluorescent fixtures in the whole church complex with T-8 fixtures.
  • Replace the floodlights in the pulpit area with more energy-efficient CFL bulbs

Timeline for Completion: 2010-2011

Outcomes: We found that our water problems in the kitchen area ceased after installation of the drainage and sump pump system there, so we did not need to replace more gutters on the South side of the building. But we still had problems with high humidity and some black mold in the lower sections of the building, so we purchased an energy-star dehumidifier. Our electric water softener 'died' so we replaced it with a much more efficient model, and installed a 'blanket' around it; the old one was too tight a fit to allow for that.

We contacted our utility company and requested that they remove the two flood lights from the utility poles that were lighting the two parking lots. The church building is very near the corner street light so there is adequate lighting for the front lot. For the back lot and West entrance, a member installed a solar-powered motion detection light, which has been adequate for our needs.

We replaced the six floodlights in the pulpit area with energy-efficient bulbs. Although they take a few minutes to heat up, the light is nearly the same as with the old bulbs. Finally, we replaced incandescent light bulbs, including those in closets, with CFL bulbs. We still need to replace the old T-12 ballasts for the fluorescent lights in the sanctuary. Our monthly electricity costs over a 5-year period averaged $89.13, but there was much variation between months in each year. We want to better understand that usage so we can moderate the cost to our finances and environment. We began this Project in October, 2010, and we have continued it through 2011, 2012, and into the present.

Total kilowatt hours
20076790
20086852
20097031
20106952
20116592
20125625







Project Title: Toward a Carbon-Neutral House of Worship: Water Use

Project Description: The assessment of our church building shows that we are inefficiently using water and seem to have rather spectacular lapses, in which the water was left on for sometimes days at a time, resulting in very high gallon water usage and bills.

The survey of the water bills for the past three years shows that the water usage is generally high. The total for 2007 was 585 gallons, 45 gallons in 2008 and 135 gallons in 2009. An investigation revealed that every sink and toilet has shut off valves. The toilet tank parts are old and sometimes the water seems to run too long before the flapper falls down to seal the outlet.

The Clinton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship does not water the landscape at all. There are plants in the building that do require watering. Other plans:

  • Create a policy that the last person out of the building needs to double-check that the water isn't left on anywhere in the building. Create a check-list and instructions. All members need to be vigilant.
  • Consider turning off the main water valve to the building when no one is there.
  • Check and replace the toilet tank parts in all five toilets in the building.
  • Install low-flow regulators on all faucets, if not present.
  • Keep the water usage of during the hand-washing of dishes to a minimum. Establish a policy that any hot water left over for making tea at the coffee hour be used to wash dishes.

Timeline for Completion: 2010-2011

Outcomes: The water problems we had were mostly from outside rainwater getting into the basement, not from us using water from the water company. However, we have had a few spectacular and disheartening "floods," caused by water running constantly in the building, when nobody was around!

We have continued to use left-over hot water from our coffee hour to supplement that from our faucet as we hand-wash our dishes. We have replaced one of the leaking toilets in the men's bathroom, and replaced the toilet 'innards' in the unisex bathroom (along with a note about holding down the handle when flushing). Additionally, we replaced an old faucet in the women's bathroom, and installed a new faucet with low-flow regulator in the kitchen. However, our water usage is actually quite low, and if we are vigilant, we should continue with the present trend.

Gallons per year
2007585
200837.5
2009135
2010675
2011232.5
2012120

One thing that has emerged is that all of the church members know now where the water main shut-off valve is, not just the members on the Buildings and Grounds committee! We all know a lot more about the workings of the building!

We began this Project in October, 2010, and we have continued it through 2011, 2012, and into the present.

Project Title: Toward a Carbon-Neutral House of Worship: Natural Gas Use

Project Description and Action: The assessment of our church building shows that we have improved, but are still inefficiently using natural gas. However, we turned down the thermostat on the gas-fired hot water heater last spring (2009), and during the summer, we added a set of French doors between the old and the new buildings to allow the older part of the complex to be closed off when not in use. The inspector, during his professional audit, said that we need to make sure that one furnace isn't trying to heat another part of the building.

The furnace in the old building is now set very low or turned off when not in use. We now dump the hot water from the electric urn into the kitchen to wash dishes. All of the programmable thermostats are routinely checked and maintained, with new batteries or re-set for change of seasons. The inspector discovered that the insulation in the rafters of the old building was hanging down, so we stapled and taped the insulation back into place. As a result, we realized a savings of $1058.63 over the previous year.

The inspector said that the windows in the newer building are energy-efficient but the windows in the older building and in the building at connects them are single-paned with metal frames, and should be replaced with energy-efficient, double-paned thermal windows. The two main entrances have old glass doors which have significant gaps when closed, because the brush-style seals are worn out or missing.

These were proposed improvements:

  • Replace all of the twelve windows in the older building with energy efficient windows, preferably from the local Habitat for Humanity Restore, where new or nearly new windows are often available.
  • Replace the south-facing window in the foyer with an energy-efficient window that has a section of one-way glass for bird feeding and viewing. This is a second story window, so a window bird feeder will be installed that can be filled from inside.
  • Have the gaps of the two main doors professionally weather-stripped. If this cannot be done, replace the doors.
  • Create a policy that the furnaces be checked every year, consider a long-range goal of installing a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Outcomes: We have not yet been able to afford replacement of the 12 single-pane windows in the older part of the building, but we are currently getting estimates for that. We have installed rubber strips on the two main glass doors, and that has nearly eliminated the huge draft problem. We also figured out that one of the doors was hung wrong, and once that was fixed, it fit tighter (go figure!).

In summer, 2012, we began conducting abbreviated Sunday services in the sanctuary, then going downstairs into a cooler place for discussion. While upstairs, we opened the windows on the cool side of the building, turned on the large attic fan, and encouraged use of (very attractive UUMFE) hand fans, in order to avoid using the A/C.

Since installing the French doors between the front foyer and RE areas, and turning down the heat to the RE area, we made our heating system more efficient. Tracking of our natural gas usage shows it to be fairly consistent: higher in the colder months; lower in the warmer months. Our highest usage was no higher than 550 therms in 2007, 2008, 2010, and less in other years. As noted above, our A/C use is slight.

Timeline for Completion: We began this Project in October, 2010, and we have continued it through 2011, 2012, and into the present.

Therms
20072148
20082529
20091559
20101706
20111681
20121535







Here is the bottom line measure of our progress, the Carbon Footprint for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clinton, Iowa!

Lbs of CO2
200735,282
200839,941
200928,551
201030,205
201129,401
201226,295












Project Title: Toward Encouraging the Local Community to Recycle All We Can.

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Project Description: We have observed that there are many items that the City of Clinton does not recycle, and these items are landfilled. We have found an organization, TerraCycle, that will accept most of these items, such as juice containers, candy wrappers, foil-lined gum wrappers, and numerous other 'throw-aways.' One of our members, Pat W., has already joined this organization, and we plan to set up a collection site for our members and will encourage others in our community to use our site as well.

Timeline for Completion: 2010-2011

Outcomes: The 'Terracycle' project has been a big hit! Even those friends who don't regularly attend services drop off this kind of recycling. We are now collecting ink jet cartridges, chip bags; candy and energy bar wrappers; toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers; and plastic cheese packaging and dairy containers. Pat W., our 'Terracycle' contact, sorts and packs them for shipment. The money we're paid ($64.12 to date) is earmarked for replacing old, energy-inefficient windows in our building. But that is secondary: people actually seem to 'get a buzz' from bringing in their chip bags and other Terracycle items, and we all feel good about keeping it out of the landfill: awareness-raising!

The Clinton area landfill (CCASWA) now takes all numbers of plastic, and some of our members still bring their plastic recycling to church and Pat W. takes that to DAC, a non-profit agency in neighboring Jackson County that offers employment and residential services to individuals with disabilities. We began this Project in October, 2010, and we have continued it through 2011, 2012, and into the present. Pat E. has set up recycling bins at her place of work, and people routinely drop off those items. (Pat has been seen 'dumpster diving' into the trash cans for misplaced recyclables).

The UUFC has joined forces with Terracycle, and has set up a recycling area in the Olympia Brown room to collect Candy Wrappers, Cheese Packaging, Chip Bags, Dairy Tubs, Energy Bar Wrappers, Ink Jet Cartridges and Colgate Oral Care products. Besides keeping these items out of a landfill, UUFC receives cash for the shipments of these materials. These funds are ear-marked for the purchase of energy efficient windows to replace the windows in the older building.

Here are the guidelines for what we can collect:

  • Candy Wrapper Brigade accepted waste: individual candy wrappers, large candy bags, and multi-pack candy bags. This brigade has been discontinued by Terracycle, but UUF is still collecting them into a zero waste box to be sent to Terracycle.
  • Cheese Packaging Brigade accepted waste: string cheeses packages, individual singles wrappers, singles packages, shredded cheeses packages, grated cheese, all flexible cheese wrappers. This brigade has been discontinued by Terracycle, but UUF is still collecting them into a zero waste box to be sent to Terracycle.
  • Snack Bag Brigade accepted waste: chip bags, tortilla chip bags, pretzel bags, pita chip bags, bagel chip bags, soy crisp bags, salty snack bags. This brigade has been discontinued by Terracycle, but UUF is still collecting them into a zero waste box to be sent to Terracycle.
  • Dairy Tub Brigade accepted waste: all cream cheese tubs and lids, all sour cream tubs and lids, all cheese tubs and lids, all yogurt tubs and lids, all butter tubs and lids, all margarine tubs and lids, any other dairy product tub, foil tops, plastic tub tops, any other type of packaging on all dairy tubs. Please recycle these with your own local recycling agency.
  • Energy Bar Brigade accepted waste: foil lined energy bar wrappers, foil lined granola bar wrappers, foil lined meal replacement bar wrappers, foil lined protein bar wrappers, foil lined diet bar wrappers. Clif SHOT wrappers, Clif Twisted Fruit Wrappers, Clif Roks Wrappers, Clif Bloks Wrappers, Clif Gels Wrappers.
  • Inkjet Brigade accepted waste: inkjet cartridges. This brigade has been discontinued by Terracycle, but UUF is still collecting them into a zero waste box to be sent to Terracycle.
  • Colgate Oral Care Brigade accepted waste: toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, floss containers
  • Plastic Packaging - Zero Waste Box accepted waste: any type of packaging material such as food containers for infants, non-recyclable baking packing/muffin tins, ingredients packaging (such as packaging for flour, oil bottles and bags, food coloring, sprinkles, pastes, bread, naan, pita bread, bagels, buns). You can also send bubble wraps, padded envelopes, Styrofoam peanuts, air bags, pallet liners and covers, shrink wrap, cushioning, tissue paper packaging, foam sheets, foam planks, spices packaging, cereal bags, coffee bags made out of burlap, fresh seal bags. Any single serving packs (such as for mustard etc.), plastic containers for food or condiments (such as containers for ketchup, hot sauce, cream cheese, peanut butter, jelly, honey, syrup, salad dressing etc.), packaging for dried products (such as nuts, dried fruits and vegetables, granola etc.) egg cartons made from cardboard and styrofoam, energy bar wrappers, frozen food bags and packaging, pasta packaging with case and wrapping, frozen pizza packaging with the trays and protective sheaths, gum packaging, non recyclable packaging for instant foods like cup noodles and camping food, plastic bags for storage and shopping, freezer bags, grocery bags, ice bags, trash bags, meat packaging, packaging from meal take out and delivery, drink mix packaging, fruit and vegetable plastic bags, wrappers, ties, rubberbands, packaging for seasonings, and carry out plastic bags.

All along we've been collecting all and any plastic items with numbers 1-7. If you wish, continue to bring them for recycling. They are taken to DAC in Jackson County. However, if you have a local recycling agency, please feel free to do this on your own! Bring all of your recyclables to the kitchen or to the Green area in the Olympia Brown room and we'll literally take them from there!

Additional (2 required, these can relate to the program elements of your choice)

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Project Title: Toward Less Waste

Project Description and Action: During our audit, we realized that we have no formal plan for composting kitchen waste. This waste is significant because every time we gather-we eat. We plan to construct a compost bin in the back yard, where it is easily accessible.

Timeline for Completion: : 2010-2011

Outcomes: Pat Walke met this need by constructing an amazingly-attractive compost bin in our back yard, made out of discarded wooden pallets. We scrape nearly all food scraps into a small pail after every meeting, then dump it into our compost bin. After we wash our the pail, it's ready for next time. Our compost bin has worked so well for our neighbors, too, that we've had to ask them to save some room for us!

We recycle used paper generated at church and from members' households, through the efforts of one of our members. She takes the used paper to Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton. which in turn is picked up by DAC facility workers in Jackson County. We began this Project in Summer, 2011 and we have continued it through 2012, and into the present.

Project Title: Toward Greener Traveling

Project Description and Action: We plan to make more mindful effort to share rides, encourage members who can avoid driving to walk or ride their bikes. We also plan to encourage our friends and members to intentionally drive more slowly, at least on Sundays, to reduce their carbon footprint.

Timeline for Completion: 2010-2011

Outcomes: Although most of our members still drive to services singly, we have some members who live in the Quad Cities, about 45 miles away, and they usually carpool to Clinton. When attending events out of town, we routinely organize car-pooling. This includes church-related and social events.

One of our members has so drastically increased her m.p.g. by driving significantly slower, that she has inspired other members to reduce the speed at which they drive. 83% of members indicated in our survey that they now follow this example.

We encouraged our members to turn off their cars if they will be idling for 1 minute or more, as studies have shown that gas is saved that way. A surprising 83% of respondents indicated that they do this at least 'sometimes'. We began this Project in Spring, 2011, and we have continued it through 2012, and into the present.

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