Green Team

You May not be able to change the whole world but you can change the place you live!

Putting the 7th Unitarian Universalist principle into action in our church and our community: “We Affirm and Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”.

Climate & Clean Energy Rally 8/18/19

Green Team calendar:
September 20th 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Southwest Virginia Climate Strike at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke. Show that you care by showing up.  

We are in a climate emergency. Here in Southwest Virginia, we are directly at risk from extreme local weather events and indirectly from weather disasters elsewhere. But, we are not helpless.  There are actions we can take to do our part to reduce climate damage and to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  This is an emergency.  Please come out on September 20th to our church parking lot to find out what you can do.  Show your support by showing up.  This event is being held in conjunction with Sustainable Roanoke and the Global Climate Strike

If you have questions contact Bob Egbert at church or via e-mail at

October 11th Earth Friendly FridayRoanoke, Growing Greener.  More info below
October 27th:  Climate & Clean Energy Rally, 12:30 to 1:30 on the corner of Grandin Rd. & Brandon Ave.  Please come & show your support for action to combat climate change.
Other environmental new & events:

From the Virginia Conservation Network the 2020 Environmental  Briefing Book:  

Our Common Agenda

Just a thought:

Humans need Nature.  Nature doesn’t need us.

UUCR is a member of the Virginia Conservation Network. Please visit VCN at




Oct. 11, 2019 – Social time 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program 7:00

Roanoke is proud of their long-standing commitment to the environment: First city in Virginia to join ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) – Reporting GHG emissions annually to City Council – Achieved a 25% decrease in the energy consumption – Recognized by the Department of Energy as a Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achiever in 2018… After a dozen years of energy savings, Roanoke continues to push the envelope as a leader in environmental stewardship.

Nell Boyle, a LEED Accredited Professional, is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, providing education and outreach to the community, the voice of the city regarding green practices and environmental protection. In addition, she monitors and analyzes the city’s energy performance, collecting and reporting data on community and municipal greenhouse gas emissions, and is responsible for the strategic implementation of city’s climate action initiative.



Green Team recycling contacts:

Lorraine Fleck: 

Mary Harshfield:

We need your help! The Recycling Team asks that you look carefully at the items being placed into our bins. You may not be aware that Roanoke City no longer accepts #3 -#7 plastics. We are only collecting a #1 or #2. If there is any other number or there is no imprint, please do not recycle it. If you’re in doubt about whether to recycle an item it is probably best to put it into the trash bin.

Other items that are recyclable include: aluminum beverage cans, steel cans, and tin cans, glass bottles and jars, mixed paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard boxes, and pizza box lids (with no food scraps or grease).

Our Recycling Team assigns somebody to sort through the bins each Sunday and bring the recyclables out to the big blue bin. They often find plastic bags, aluminum foil, food, or other plastic or metal objects which Roanoke City does not recycle. For your own information, it is nice to know that you can take metal items to Gerdau Metals Recycling (off of Wonju Street) or clean plastic grocery bags to the grocery store. We love our volunteers and would love to work with you! 

Green Team contact:

Bob Egbert:

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