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”.

Just a thought:

“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of eons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”  Aldo Leopold

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March 8, 2019 – Social time 6:30 (snacks welcome), Program 7:00

The Sierra Club State Chapter’s Environmental Justice Chair Alexis Szepesy and Program Coordinator Gustavo Angeles will facilitate a discussion of environmental justice in Virginia. Included are GIS maps of our region showing: Ethnicity, health (asthma, COPD, cancer cluster, % of population with health care), power plants, pipelines, coal ash sites, prison locations, coal mines, etc. Learn what Environmental Justice encompasses through examples and issues.

Gustavo Angeles moved to the United States from Peru in 1999. He worked as an attorney in Peru and earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Arizona. He has worked with immigrant communities, seeking ways to improve their living conditions, linguistic and cultural maintenance, and rights.

Alexis Szepesy is a University of Richmond senior majoring in Geography and Political Science with minors in Environmental Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Passionate about advocating for environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and government transparency, her research surrounds civil rights, social welfare, and the turbulent politics of place and race.




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!