Green Committee

Equal Exchange Fair Trade Products for Sale at UCN!

A “sweet-tea” of a deal for you, the farmers, and UCN! Attention all coffee and tea drinkers and those with a sweet tooth. From November 1st to November 29th, UCN will be taking orders for Equal Exchange fair trade products that will include coffees, teas, cocoas, chocolates, candy bars, and a variety of unique gifts. Catalogs and order forms will be available during Coffee in the Middle on Sundays or contact John Hoff at or 262-377-3358.

By purchasing Equal Exchange products, you are supporting fair trade that ensures not only quality products, but fair compensation to the growers and harvesters, and environmentally sustainable growing practices. You are also supporting UCN that shares in 40%, yes that’s 40%, of the proceeds. If you are a regular consumer of any of these items, you can ensure that you’re living out many of the UU principles by purchasing fair trade products. While we expect to make Equal Exchange fair trade products available to UCN members again in the future, please place your order today (no later than November 30th) and have your products here before Christmas (Sunday, December 14th distribution day).

Questions? Call or email John today.

 Green Sanctuary Designation Approved for UCN!  

 UCN's Green Sanctuary Application:  /sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Green Sanctuary Accreditation Application Document - Final.pdf

UCN's Green Sanctuary Accreditation Letter: /sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Green Sanctuary Acceptance Letter.pdf


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Do it all by taking your gently used clothing and household goods to Family Sharing, located at 1002 Overland Court, Grafton (262-377-0634).  Your donations raise money to stock the food pantry for those in need.  While there, shop the Family Sharing Resale Store and search out some recycled bargains!


Committee Mission
Unitarian Church North seeks to heal and preserve the natural environment for our and future generations of all living things by increasing the sustainability and minimizing the negative ecological impact of UCN, our members, and our communities.


Meeting Schedule
The Green Committee meets every fourth Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted in the email announcements) at 7:00 p.m. in the James Reeb room. ALL are welcome to join us!


Bike to Church


As a relatively new committee, the Green Committee grew out of a Barn Banter held in the spring of 2007. Coordinated by then Minister Elena Rigg, this meeting drew thirty-six people and demonstrated the desire for involvment in environmental issues both within our congregation and beyond. The Barn Banter brainstorming session generated many ideas and much enthusiasm. This general meeting was followed-up with summer meetings where a vision and mission were created. On September 10, 2007 the UCN Board approved the Green Committee as a standing committee.

Since that time, the Green Committee has been busy! Below are a few things that the committee has either completed or working on at present.

  • Vegetable garden
  • Built a compost bin, held workshop on how to build one
  • Installed mug rack in the fellowship hall and encourage the use of non-disposable cups during coffee time
  • Worked with Sunday Service Committee on reducing the numbers of Orders of Service printed each Sunday
  • Established an ongoing monthly column in the Northliner, called “Green Corner,” covering a wide variety of “green” topics
  • Posted signs to encourage wise water use in all bathrooms and in the kitchen
  • Encourage the use of real dishes at church fellowship functions
  • Coordinated an interactive carbon footprint workshop
  • Hosted a local food talk by local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers
  • Coordinated a silent auction of a CSA share with the proceeds going to the UCN general operating budget
  • Conducted a walk-through energy audit of the church
  • Coordinated three Walk, Bike, Carpool to Church Day events
  • Offered multiple Northwest Earth Institute courses, including Voluntary Simplicity and Choices for Sustainable Living
  • Offered "An Amazing Journey!: The Universe & Me" adult education course
  • Coordinated recycling efforts at UCN
  • Increased UCN's green library
  • Hosted three community electronic recycling events keepin 28+ tons of electronics out of landfills
  • Hosted Sid Syam’s presentation on Spirituality and Nature Future
  • Hosted an area-wide Mindfulness retreat
  • Promoted the replacement of UCN boilers to cost-saving and energy efficient models
  • Hosted an eight-week "Green Living" discussion and action program
  • Established a seed-gathering and sharing program with Hawley Enviromental School
  • Establised a Friday Flyer feature entitles "Toward a Sustainable Future" to provide facts and food for thought

Currently the Green Committee is focused on obtaining the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Green Sanctuary” designation. This process will integrate “green” thinking into all aspects of the church community. This is a very ambitious and exciting project for our congregation. Stay tuned….there will be much more to come!

Learn more about the UUA Green Sanctuary Program on the UUA's website. And don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the Green Committee for more information.


Previous Green Committee Articles:

Where Recycling Goes - Feb. 2013
Kill-a-Watt or More! - March 2013
2013 Earth Day Activities - April 2013
Green Sanctuary FOOD Project  - May & June 2013
2013 Electronics Recycling Event - Summer 2013
3rd Annual Electronic Recycling Event - October 2013
Equal Exchange Fair Trade Products for Sale at UCN - Nov.-Dec. 2013.pdf
Cleaning Products - January 2014.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Microbead Great Lakes Contamination - February 2014.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/The Great American Clean-Up 4-26-14.pdf 
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Unitarian North Church Donation Drive 6-7-14.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/Electronics Recycling Event Flyer 9-6-2014.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Green Committee Online Survey June 2014.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/Fourth Annual Recycling Event - Sept. 2014.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Real Vs. Artificial Christmas Tree 2.pdf
/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/pdfs/Green Sanctuary Designation Approved for UCN.pdf