ERUUF is pursuing the UUA's Green Sanctuary accreditation to bring our congregation into increased environmental awareness and harmony with our planet. The program, approved by the Board in 2017, provides a pathway for our congregation to examine our current environmental impacts and move towards more sustainable, just, and equitable practices grounded in Unitarian Universalism that make us good stewards of the planet. Learn more - UUA Green Sanctuary

Solar On at ERUUF!

The era of solar energy at ERUUF begins in August. The installation is now complete and the panels are operational. The 47 kwh system is designed so that any power generated beyond our current usage in the Care Building and the Sanctuary will create credits off our total electric bill. In addition, we expect to receive over $35,000 in solar rebates from Duke Energy for the initial installation. The system is expected to cover almost 40% of typical usage on campus.

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Solar Update: June 25, 2020

Construction has begun for the major solar installation on the Care Building. The project is scheduled to be completed in July and the panels will generate over 50% of campus electric usage. Many thanks to all involved in bringing solar to life at ERUUF—donors, solar research team, Earth Justice team, Green Sanctuary team, and a special shout out to Buildings and Grounds Chair, Peter Romeyn, who has been on campus daily to supervise the work.

Announcing Earth & Climate Justice Month 2020

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn 

Did you know that April is Earth and Climate Justice Month at ERUUF? Earth & Climate Justice Month is a project of our Green Sanctuary Accreditation, and ERUUF is honoring it this year with a variety of events and activities! We invite all members and friends to participate in as many of them as possible! 

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Solar at ERUUF

 ERUUF is going solar, with plans to install solar panels on the Care Building, allowing us to generate a significant portion of our electrical power.

The solar project is one of twelve projects in the Green Sanctuary Action Plan that will enable the Fellowship to significantly move toward sustainability. You can be a part of this positive story. Please consider contributing to the Solar Campaign! 

We are moving quickly to take advantage of Duke Energy rebates, so we ask you to make a gift or pledge that will be paid by the end of February 2020.

You can contribute online to the Solar Campaign fund, or mail or deliver a check to ERUUF.  Give Now

All gifts to ERUUF's Solar Campaign are tax deductible charitable donations. Should we raise funds in excess of the solar project cost, the Board has determined that the funds will be invested in the Campus Needs Fund and/or the Strategic Initiatives Fund.

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Background on Solar Process

In 2017-18, ERUUF’s Earth Justice Team involved the whole congregation in community engagement sessions, questions on the Pulse Survey, and one-on-one conversations. They used the information to apply for Green Sanctuary (GS) Candidacy from the UUA. A GS Action Plan was developed in this process, and includes twelve projects that will enable the fellowship to significantly move toward sustainability. The largest and most involved project involves adding solar panels to our campus, and a commitment to generate at least 20% of our energy from renewable sources by 2021. The Solar Project could help us achieve this goal in significant ways.

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2018-19: A Year of Congregational Progress on Green Sanctuary Accreditation!

Congratulations to our ERUUF congregational community for the ongoing progress toward our Green Sanctuary Accreditation commitment!  As some of you may recall, securing Green Sanctuary became a strategic goal in ERUUF’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. Since that time, we have made steady progress to include the acceptance of our Green Sanctuary Action Plan by the UUA Green Sanctuary Program in September 2018.

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Green Sanctuary - First Steps, 2017-18

In 2017, ERUUF decided to work toward accreditation as a Green Sanctuary (GS) under a program coordinated by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).  ERUUF's Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, approved by the Board in 2017, includes a proposal by Earth Justice to become a Green Sanctuary congregation.

Read more: Green Sanctuary - First Steps, 2017-18