|BUF's New Addition
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than
the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
~ Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays
YES!!! The new building addition is finally complete! Keep checking back
as their will be a "green report" posted about the green aspects of the building and construction
process someday! In the meantime, you can still see a photo diary of the construction on Flicker,
Click the option at the bottom of the right column of photo sets entitled "More Sets" to see the
Bellingham Unitarians celebrate completion of church expansion
Music, speakers and shared good feelings are a regular part of religious life at Bellingham
Unitarian Fellowship, but they took on extra significance Sunday, Oct. 10, when the church dedicated its $1.5 million
addition. "This has been such a long time coming," said Doug Wadkins, the fellowship's minister. "It's a really
celebratory time for us."
The original church building at 1708 I St. was small and, in places, uninviting for the fellowships' 400 members, Wadkins
said. The 10,000-square-foot attached addition - with an around-the-corner address of 1207 Ellsworth St. - more than doubles
the usable space with several classrooms, a conference room, a light-filled social hall and a large, upgraded kitchen.
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Community Energy Challenge
With the support of Recovery Act monies, Sustainable Connections, Opportunity Council and the ??? were able to implement
a Community Energy Program. There were two componnets to this program: Commerical and Residential. The goal of the program
was to help businesses and residents upgrade their working and living spaces to be more energy efficient. The first stage
of the program was an energy audit, followed by energy efficient recommendations and financial assistance to help meet
the recommended goals and make the necessary changes.
As part of the "greening" of BUF, we joined Sustainable Connections and signed up with the Commercial Community Energy Program.
BUF's buildings were required to go through an extensive energy audit. The program also worked with us during the construction
process of the new addition.The results of initial audit are found in the Energy Savings Facility
Action Plan - January 2010
A follow-up was then conducted in 2011 and the results are found in the Energy Savings Facility Action
Plan Addendum - October 2011. In the follow-up, our progress in addressing the issues in the inital audit was evaluated. Since
then nearly all the action items have been addressed.