Green Sanctuary

First Parish is certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Green Sanctuary.

UUA Green Sanctuary Program

The Green Sanctuary Committee is charged with informing members about environmental issues and helping to transform individual lives and the church’s building and programs so that we can all reduce our carbon footprint and avert greater environmental desecration. The Green Sanctuary Committee sponsors a variety of activities including educational events, movie nights, and more.

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Committee Members in front of Green Sanctuary Certification, January 2012


Green Sanctuary Blog

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Green Sanctuary Spotlight – April 2024

Greetings and thanks to one another as people. Our month’s worship theme is Interdependence, and this April, Unitarian Universalists all over – that means us – celebrate the shared value of Interdependence. The proposed revision for that principle reads: “We honor the...

Opt Up: Watertown Electricity Choice

With encouragement from The Green Sanctuary Committee, First Parish Watertown and the First Parish parsonage recently joined households and businesses in Watertown in opting up to 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy for their electricity. In the fall of 2019...

Green Sanctuary Survey

The Green Sanctuary Committee would like your input on the role of their Committee in the life of First Parish, and the importance of environment issues in your life.    Please fill out their survey at this link. Thank you.

On Bottled Water

The global marketing and consumption of bottled water has quadrupled since 1990. Many major corporations have profited from the bottled water industry at the expense of the environment, human health and municipal water supplies. Coca-Cola owns Desani, Pepsi owns...

Green Resources

Looking to make a change in your lifestyle? Check out these tools:

Consumer Enviro Metric Tracking + Incentive Sites
Investment Portfolio Enviro Tracking
Consumer Spending Tracking Sites & Programs
Green Film Library

The following films are available to members through the church office.

  • Crude:  The Real Price of Oil
  • Earth Days
  • Ferngully
  • Food, Inc.
  • Keeping the Earth – Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment
  • Killowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-energize America
  • The Great Warming
  • Thirst