"Perhaps the most deeply integrated and
compassionate expression of our caring for the planet is our recognition of the
plight of beings who are not flourishing. Some of these beings are humans who
suffer environmental oppression from unjust discrimination of the wealthy and
advantaged in society. Some are other species whose simple right to existence is
not recognized by their oppressors. To act boldly, even radically, to raise such
plights to the recognition of our fellows and provide relief to the oppressed is
perhaps the pinnacle of our religious environmental work."
~ Green Sanctuary Program
Long-Term Collaboration: Sustainable Connections
About Sustainable Connections
Sustainable Connections is supporting a community of innovators in
green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, supporting independent
businesses in town centers, and mentoring a new breed of entrepreneurs that have
designed their business with a sustainable vision.
Sustainable Connections works with local, independently owned businesses that
have the autonomy to make any transformational change in their business that they can imagine…
reexamining where we buy goods and services, how we consume energy, grow and distribute our food,
build homes, and even, how we define success in business.
Click here to visit Sustainable
BUF's Sustainable Connections Membership
In the 2009-2010 program year, Green Sanctuary decided to make a more formal, on-going committment
with Sustainable Connections. Throughout the past year, the members of BUF have attended many of
SC's activities and events and worked with some of their programs. This year GSP members raised
the money needed to become a member of Sustainable Connections, currently the only church/religious
organization in the membership.
As a member of Sustainable Connections, BUF members will have many opportunities to participate
in the myriad of programs offered by Sustainable Connections. To see more on member benefits click
here to go to the membership
New Sanctuary Roof Insulation
Thanks to Sustainable Connections, we have became eligible for assistance in getting our sanctuary
roof insulated. BUF applied to become a recipient of assistance through a grant from Sustainable Connections by the
American Recovery Act. The grant will provide matching funds for all rebates and other grants BUF finds for the insulating
of the roof.
Community Energy Challenge
Sustainable Connections will also be working with the Community Energy Challege that will be making available assistance
for residential energy upgrades throughout Whatcom County. As soon as the program is up and running, we will be
encouraging BUF members to sign up for the program. For more information check the
Community Energy Challenge website.
Our Earlier History with Sustainable Connections
Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tours
Several individual members of our congregation have been/are members of Sustainable Connections
and participate in a number of SC's programs. Over the past few years in June, BUF members have attended Sustainable
Connections "Image This! Home and Landscape Tour." This self-guided tour provides access to a variety of sustainable
projects located throughout Whatcom County. Printed materials from a variety of vendors and organizations are available
throughout the tour. Materials are collected and made available to the congregation.
Eat Local Week/Eat Local Every Week
September 7-14, 2008 was Sustainable Connections "Eat Local Week." BUF members were asked to particpate and a variety
of SC's printed material on local food sources (restaurants and grocers) were made available during the month of September
(and throughout the rest of the year as well). In 2009, Eat Local Week was expanded to Eat Local Every Week. Each
week, Sustainable Connections featured one restaurant a week that was locally owned and used local resources
in the course of its business.
In October 2008, SC's Home and Landscape Tour materials were displayed for our "Green Building and Renovation" theme
and SC had a series of workshops and events surrounding the issue of building and renovating green that members were
encouraged to attend. With the recommendation of SC, we brought Dana Brandt onboard to do a presentation on "Solar
in Bellingham" which took place on October 23, 2008 at BUF.
Several BUF members attended SC's Zero Waste workshops and some of the ideas learned there have been incorporated
into BUF's activities.