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Environmental Justice

We are a Green Sanctuary Congregation.

We develop our congregation’s environmental ethic through worship, education, sustainability, and environmental justice.

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Green Sanctuary Team

We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, and eat food grown on the same earth. These fundamental facts transcend religions and beliefs, and can be used as a means to promote peace, love, and understanding in our congregants and in the world. Because the future of our congregation and all life on earth depends on finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems, we pledge to educate and involve the congregation and the larger community in environmental actions as an integral part of a spiritual practice. 

Our congregation became an accredited Green Sanctuary with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Program in April 2013. The process is designed to involve multiple facets of congregational life, including Worship and Celebration, Religious Education for adults and children, Environmental Justice, and Sustainable Living—which include grounds, parking lot, transportation, facilities, kitchen, food, recycling/reusables, office and cleaning supplies, energy use, investment policies, congregation policies, congregation committees, etc. Recently, our congregation has endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which was introduced to Congress in April, 2021. 

Activities of the Green Sanctuary Team have included campus recycling, installing a rainwater catchment system, installing a bike rack on campus, and purchasing forty solar panels through Big Sun Community Solar. We have also felt the importance of  reaching out to learn more about the original peoples of our area, which have included the Estok Gna / Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas in the Rio Grande Delta, and the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation in Bexar County. We strive to encourage more green building practices and provide workshops for the church community, raising awareness through concerts and films.

We also participate in San Antonio’s annual riverbank clean up – the Basura Bash. This intergenerational activity provides the opportunity to witness the San Antonio River ecosystem and the waterways that feed into the San Antonio River, while cleaning up debris from the riverbanks.

For more information about the Green Sanctuary Team, contact greenteam@uusat.org

Community Partners

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy climate change organization focused on national policies to address climate change. They exist to create the political will for climate change solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power. For more information about Citizens’ Climate Lobby, visit their website.

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance

The Edwards Aquifer is the sole source of drinking water for more than 1.5 million Central Texas residents. The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) promotes effective broad-based advocacy for protection and preservation of the Edwards Aquifer, its springs, watersheds, and the Texas Hill Country that sustains it. For more information about the Greater Edward Aquifer Alliance, visit their website.

UU Ministry for Earth

The mission of the UU Ministry for Earth is to be a wellspring of spiritual and educational grounding and practical support for bold, accountable action for environmental justice, climate justice, and the flourishing of all life. They envision a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for each other and for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people. UU Ministry for Earth supports UUs in connecting with others to grow our faith grounding, resource one another, and organize for action. For more information about the UU Ministry for Earth, visit their website.