The Green Sanctuary Program

As a way to start taking action, many congregations use the Green Sanctuary Program. This comprehensive program for congregational involvement was created and nurtured by UU Ministry for Earth until 2008, when the Green Sanctuary Program was given to the UUA to administer. We decided that our greater faith community would benefit from the higher visibility offered as a program of the UUA. However, UU Ministry for Earth continues to provide resources and to foster sharing of ideas, plans, and programs among all congregations striving to green their communities.

Green Sanctary LogoFor the application process and forms, see the Green Sanctuary pages on the UUA website. As of July 2012, Rev. Karen Brammer oversees the Green Sanctuary Program. Please direct specific questions and comments about the program or your congregation's process to There is also a list of certified Green Sanctuaries on the UUA website.

Need ideas for actions in the Environmental Justice section of your Green Sanctuary application? To help you get started, here is a spreadsheet of environmental justice projects from recent Green Sanctuary program applications. You may search/sort this data base by the following key words: Community Outreach, Energy Conservation, Environmental Advocacy, Ethical Eating, Habitat Restoration, Micro-financing, Mountaintop Removal Mining, and Water Rights. It also includes links to congregational websites where you can find more information on the projects.

The list was compiled by Emily Kao, winter 2010 Environmental Intern in the Advocacy & Witness Washington office, based on information provided by Robin Nelson, former Green Sanctuary Program Manager.

In addition, UUMFE's annual Earth Day materials and other topics in this "Take Action" section of the website provide a wealth of EJ action ideas.  

UU Ministry for Earth will continue to support congregations. See Resources for materials to support your efforts, some of which you may order from UUMFE. For workshops, worship services, and programs, contact the UUMFE office For informal communication with other congregations, go to UU Ministry for Earth's Facebook page.

Join one or more of the UUA email discussion lists. The archives are searchable, so we suggest that you first check the archives before posting a question to the list as your question maybe have already been answered. Sign up on the UUA website for one or more:

  • Green Sanctuary
  • Global Warming
  • Ethical Eating Network