At UUCC, we identify strongly with the seventh principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association:
Respect for the independent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We do our best to live up to this every day in an environmental sense on an individual level in our homes, schools, and workplaces. In addition, our members have been active in environmental improvement teams such as the Kalamazoo area chapter of The Wild Ones, whose vision is to restore and sustain biodiversity through education and the practice of landscaping with native plants.
UUCC is proud to have its own building, and after only twenty years as an established congregation, the mortgage was paid in full in the spring of 2017. This is a big accomplishment for a small church. In spite of the financial burden of a building with large mortgage payments, we have striven each year to fund improvements to make it run more efficiently, using fewer resources.
Some examples include:
- Swapping out incandescent bulbs for eco-friendly models
- Removing sections of parking lot asphalt and planting perennial gardens
- Replacing candelabra-style lighting in the sanctuary with lower energy options
- Recycling our trash
- Running our heating and cooling systems on a timer, when the building is occupied
We are always eager to do more, as time and funding permits. Come and help us – we are always open to ideas and enthusiastic participants!