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Our Green Exhibitors

The following exhibitors were found to be in compliance with the Sustainability Terms and Conditions during the 2013 General Assembly. Congratulations to our 2013 Green Exhibitors!

  • Artisans Galleria
    Unique fair-trade gifts of exceptional beauty and craftsmanship. Fiberart clergy stoles, crystalline-glazed chalices, Eco-Art necklaces, book collage, Guatemalan gifts and wearables, Bulgarian natural stone jewelry.
    info@ArtisansGalleria.com
  • ChaliceArt
    Exclusively handcrafted Unitarian Universalist (UU) art—fine jewelry, fun jewelry, glass, fabric, wood, baskets, stoles, totebags, and lots of surprises. The best reason to visit the exhibit hall!
    chaliceart@yahoo.com
  • Church Mutual Insurance Company
    Church Mutual is the official property and casualty insurance company for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and member congregations. Now insuring nearly two-thirds of all UU congregations.
    info@churchmutual.com
  • Earth Wisdom
    Silk/velvet jackets & scarves, magic dresses. Best t-shirts in the known universe. Janalea Hoffman's Therapeutic Music CD's, Native American Flutes, Amazing Mini Music Machines.
    earthwisdom80@hotmail.com
  • Fashions by Sarah
    Beautiful cutwork wall hangings and original clergy stoles are offered by Fashions by Sarah. Paraments and banners are also available. Patterns and kits or ready to hang or wear.
    fashionsbysarah@irtc.net
  • Goshen College
    At Goshen College we're passionate about making peace. If you believe in care of the earth and care of one another, if you put your faith and God before anything else, this is the college for you. We're for people who want to serve the world with joy.
    admission@goshen.edu
  • In Stitches
    Stoles, banners, and scarves.  A complete art resource center for faith communities wanting to engage the arts in ministry. Highlighting work of partners Stitching Hope in Nicaragua.
    Brenda@institches.com
  • Northern Sun
    Northern Sun—Products for Progressives since 1979. We offer Chalice items, T-Shirts, Stickers, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, Bags, Flags & Banners, Mugs, Magnets and more.
    info@northernsun.com
  • Starr King School for the Ministry
    Starr King School for the Ministry, founded in 1904, educates people for Unitarian Universalist ministry and for progressive religious leadership in society.
    recruitment@sksm.edu
  • UU Ministry for Earth
    Connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.
    office@uuministryforearth.org
  • UU Musicians Network
    The UU Musicians Network provides support and inspiration for UU music leaders. We have many helpful resources for your congregation's music program.
    uumn@uumn.org
  • WomenSpirit and Abiding Spirit Vestments
    Our selection includes robes, albs, stoles, and shirts. Beautiful garments in high quality fabrics including natural fibers and blends, designed for discerning clergy.
    WomenSpirit

Why Volunteer?

For the first time, UUA is allowing exhibitors to volunteer for sustainability review. We asked exhibitors to share why they volunteered to have their booths reviewed.

Sue Cobb of Laughing Dog Studios

Why is sustainability important to you? 

I think that environmental issues are the most important concerns facing us today. I think of the changes that need to be made in terms of small scale and large scale. To the extent that, in our small hobby business, we can avoid waste and promote a love of the earth, this is our small scale contribution. The large scale involves working for change through our votes and dollars with our support of candidates and technologies that reduce environmental impact on the larger scale.

Aside from the amazing perks that go along with becoming a volunteer, why did you volunteer to have the sustainability of your booth reviewed?

Since the UUA has the sustainability policy for GA, I want to be sure that our booth is in compliance. The perks are secondary to this primary goal.

What is one thing you have done that has made a difference in the sustainability of your booth?

We reuse all our materials to the extent it is possible -- the cardboard flats, the packaging materials, which makes sure that we are not discarding materials that still have use in them. Since we do a lot of packing for our minerals, fossils and jewelry, this adds up over time.

What, if anything, would you like to share with other exhibitors who are considering volunteering to have their booth reviewed?

I have found the whole process very friendly! I admit that I was terrified, as I had not thought in terms of our basic frugality in terms of resource use as a policy, but I have been delighted to find that our practices were in compliance.

Brian Watson of Watson Studio (new to the review process)

Why is sustainability important to you?

The Earth is our one and only home. We must strive to act sustainably in all aspects of our lives, including at conventions and trade shows.

Aside from the amazing perks that go along with becoming a volunteer, why did you volunteer to have the sustainability of your booth reviewed?

I already do most of the sustainable practices in my booth and have done so for years. I'd like to encourage others to think about how they can make their booths more sustainable. I've been to many conventions and trade shows and have seen first hand the incredible amount of waste that is left behind once the show is over.  I believe we can make a positive difference by rethinking our booth policies and practices.

What is one thing you have done that has made a difference in the sustainability of your booth?

Simplifying and paring down my booth display. This has cut my expenses and means that I'm not consuming as much fuel for freight. When I use lights, I'm moving toward LED bulbs too.

What, if anything, would you like to share with other exhibitors who are considering volunteering to have their booth reviewed?

GO FOR IT! You'll show off what you're already doing, and learn about ways to make your display more sustainable. It's a win-win.

Trentt Cramer from Northern Sun (return volunteer, you will find Northern Sun above)

Why is sustainability important to you?

I like a tidy planet, and landfills are not tidy, so I'm motivated to put less stuff in landfills.

Aside from the amazing perks that go along with becoming a volunteer, why did you volunteer to have the sustainability of your booth reviewed?

There are perks? Why did I volunteer? See answer to question 1.

What is one thing you have done that has made a difference in the sustainability of your booth?

At the end of GA, my booth's wastebasket is empty because I have sorted/recycled everything.

What, if anything, would you like to share with other exhibitors who are considering volunteering to have their booth reviewed?

It feels good. Try it.

For more information on volunteering, visit our Sustainability Terms and Conditions page. To volunteer for review, or for any questions related to sustainable exhibiting, please contact Aaron Elliott at aaron@meetgreen.com.

For more information contact gaexhibits@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Monday, January 27, 2014.

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