Green Sanctuary

Photo of protesters at Protesting Spectra Mass Climate Graves in W Roxbury, MA June 2016

Tim DeChristopher, area clergy and the larger resistance against the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Photo by Peter Bowden.

Green Sanctuary 2030

This is the 7th iteration of the Green Sanctuary Program since it began in 1989. Learn more about Green Sanctuary 2030 vision, mission, and outcomes.

When 2020 became 2021 the Green Sanctuary team created a new name for what had been initially dubbed “GS 2020”. The year 2020 was so tough it is a relief to focus beyond it! And, the new name responds to the 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that to prevent increasingly catastrophic and irreversible trends, global net emissions of carbon dioxide need to fall 45% from 2010 levels by 2030.

The new name for what was Green Sanctuary 2020 is now: UUA Green Sanctuary 2030: Mobilizing for Climate Justice - A Roadmap for Congregations to Rise to the Crisis.

Getting Started or Renewing Your Green Sanctuary Accreditation


Each congregation performs a self-assessment, writes a plan, and completes projects across: Environmental Justice / Climate Justice, Worship and Celebration, Religious Education, and Sustainable Living.


Congregations are also encouraged to join other UU initiatives, as well as inter-faith organizations. Create Climate Justice is a primary vehicle for collaboration. Examples of UU organizations dedicated to environmental / climate justice are: