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Green Sanctuary Program Candidacy

Candidacy Requirements

In order to receive official recognition and accreditation as a Green Sanctuary, a congregation needs to first submit a candidacy application.

The candidacy application requests:

  • A congregational profile
  • A Green Sanctuary Committee Charter and brief overview of the members
  • An Environmental Assessment
  • An Action Plan
  • A Communications Plan

Environmental Assessment

The environmental assessment provides a snapshot of where your congregation stands with respect to their environmental behaviors. It may include personal assessments of individual congregants as well as a congregational assessment. The environmental assessment includes a baseline description of:

  • Worship and celebration or other spiritual activities
  • Religious education and lifespan learning
  • Justice for all-beings on Earth
  • Congregational interests and commitments
  • Energy use and management
  • Water resources
  • Facilities conditions, management, and operations

As a part of the environmental assessment, a professional energy audit is strongly recommended. Additionally, the environmental assessment may make suggestions for improvements.

Action Plan

The action plan outlines the specific projects your congregation has outlined to meet the Green Sanctuary Program requirements. The action plan may address some of the things highlighted in the environmental assessment. The action plan explains each project, provides target dates for completion, and lists lead coordinators for each project. Twelve projects spread across the four focus areas:

  • Worship and celebration
  • Religious education
  • Sustainable living
  • Environmental justice

are required. Some projects may be one-time events while others will be on-going across time and may not have a specific end date. A minimum of two projects are required for each of the four focus areas, the exception is the sustainable living focus area which must have a minimum of four projects, and one which specifically addresses energy conservation. Additionally, one of the environmental justice projects will be a major on-going project in collaboration with another congregation or community organization that actively addresses an issue of environmental justice in the community and builds a relationship with those directly impacted by the problem. For the remaining two projects (to reach the total of twelve projects) a congregation can select any project which can be classified into any of the four focus areas.

Communications Plan

The communications plan includes your strategy for sharing information about and inviting participation in projects. It also explains how you will collaborate with other groups, organizations, or communities within and beyond your congregation.

For more information contact uua_greensanctuary @

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Last updated on Friday, July 20, 2012.

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