Renewing the Green Sanctuary Accreditation
Congregations that have already earned Green Sanctuary accreditation can be recognized for continuing their work through the Green Sanctuary re-accreditation process. Most choose this route to help refocus and energize their green sanctuary team and congregation. The re-accreditation process may take as little as three months or as long as two years to complete, depending on each congregation’s unique situation.
The re-accreditation process has eight steps:
- Assess your current Green Sanctuary program.
Look back on your activities since becoming accredited. How you have continued to meet each of the Green Sanctuary program goals? How has your congregation lived your Green Sanctuary commitment? Take a look at the relevant sections of the re- accreditation application and begin drafting your answers to these questions.
- Create a re-accreditation action plan.
Based on what you found in your assessment, choose projects that build on your successes and/or fill gaps in your current program. Include a minimum of five projects: two in the area of sustainable living, and one each from the other three focus areas (worship and celebration, religious education, and environmental justice).
Action plan items may be new projects, or they may be past projects that have been significantly expanded. The environmental justice project should significantly deepen and expand already existing collaborative relationships or develop newer ones.
- Apply for re-accreditation candidacy.
The application is available on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website. It includes sections for contact information, congregation profile, accomplishment of program goals, an evaluation of the effect that Green Sanctuary accreditation has had on your congregation, and your action plan. Submit your application (Word, 2 pages) by email to uua_greensanctuary [at] uua [dot] org.
- Receive feedback from a Green Sanctuary review team.
These teams meet via conference call to review applications. After the review meeting, if the application is in order, the program manager for Congregational Stewardship Services will draft a letter approving your application and providing feedback on your action plan.
- Revise your action plan.
Based on the feedback you receive, as well as changing circumstances, make appropriate modifications to your action plan. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email the Green Sanctuary office at uua_greensanctuary [at] uua [dot] org.
- Complete your action plan.
As you fulfill your plans, you may learn things that suggest your plan needs to shift and change. Feel free to be in touch with the Green Sanctuary Office uua_greensanctuary [at] uua [dot] org for feedback, but we fully expect your work will evolve as you go along.
- Records are important.
For Re-Accreditation you will need to report progress: where your congregation was when you began your application to be candidates for Re-Accreditation, what you did, what you learned, and impacts of what you did. “Impacts” can be described in story about congregational, community and personal transformation and also with metrics. Feel free to use the Tracking Tool (Word, 9 pages) for your environmental justice project. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way.
- Apply for re-accreditation.
Update your application, revising the project descriptions to reflect the actions that were actually taken and the specific outcomes of each project. Submit your application by email to uua_greensanctuary [at] uua [dot] org. A Green Sanctuary review team will review your application (Word, 2 pages). After the review meeting, the program manager will send notification of the review team response.
Hold a congregation-wide celebration for achieving re-accreditation as a Green Sanctuary.