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”.


 Speeding Down a Dead End Road

Since the birth of car culture more than a century ago, lavish consumption of energy has not been a bug but a feature. That’s now a feature we can ill afford, as we attempt the difficult and urgent task of transition to renewable energies.

Notwithstanding all the superlatives lavished on Elon Musk by mass media, one of his great achievements has gone unsung: his ingeniously simple contribution to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

I refer, of course, to his donation of a used automobile to the possible inhabitants of outer space. If there is intelligent life out there, they will recognize Musk’s Tesla Roadster as a typically energy-guzzling death trap of the genus known as “car”, and they’ll promptly return it to sender, COD.  More at:


The troubling realities of our energy transition

“I recently asked a group gathered to hear me speak what percentage of the world’s energy is provided by these six renewable sources: solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, and ocean energy.

Then came the guesses: To my left, 25 percent; straight ahead, 30 percent; on my right, 20 percent and 15 percent; a pessimist sitting to the far right, 7 percent.

The group was astonished when I related the actual figure: 1.5 percent. The figure comes from the Paris-based International Energy Agency, a consortium of 30 countries that monitors energy developments worldwide. The audience that evening had been under the gravely mistaken impression that human society was much further along in its transition to renewable energy. Even the pessimist in the audience was off by more than a factor of four”.  Read more at:




April 13, 2018 – Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

Our school systems and holidays still nod to our agrarian past. But for most of us, our lives are not structured around soil preparation, planting time, harvest schedules, or feeding livestock. We might spend a couple minutes a day thinking about where our food comes from—and that time is probably focused on the logistics of purchasing food from a retailer and/or consuming a prepared meal. We specialize, and in that sense, the food industry is no different. But at what cost?  Maureen Best, Executive Director of Local Environmental Agricultural Project (LEAP) will explore what we can do as individuals, organizations, and communities to shift power dynamics and create more equitable food systems.

Maureen has over twelve years of experience working with food, agriculture and community. Her experience includes teaching high school agriculture in Raleigh, NC, working with migrant farmworkers in eastern NC and in the Colorado plains, doing food safety inspections in Boulder CO, and studying the economic viability of the local food system in Northern Colorado. With a MA in Anthropology from Colorado State University and undergraduate degrees in Agriculture Education, Spanish, and Anthropology from North Carolina State University, she and her family live in Roanoke and love it.

This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact:  Bob Egbert at


CLIMATE & clean energy RALLIES

held on our street corner at Grandin rd & Brandon Ave.

(Please check back for the next date to be scheduled).


Volunteer please. Green Team recycling contact:  Lorraine Fleck;

Green Team organizer & contact:  Bob Egbert