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”.

Green Team calendar:

April 28th:  Climate & Clean Energy Rally on our street corner, 12:30 to 1:30

May 10th:  Earth Friendly Friday.  See description below.

Other environmental events:

April 22nd:  Green New Deal/Sunrise Movement at Pilgrim Baptist Church

Just a thought:

Our Climate Change House Fire

The house is on fire because many of the residents have been playing with matches.  Some of the residents continue to insist that the house isn’t on fire. Other residents say that the house has been on fire before and therefore it is not due to playing with matches.  Others recognize that part of the house is on fire, but because it’s not in their part they don’t care.  Some acknowledge that something must be done to put out the fire, but insist that care must be taken to avoid damaging the furniture and the carpet.  They also insist that we can’t stop the people from playing with matches because it would cause them inconvenience and make them unhappy. The people who are sounding the fire alarm and screaming are considered to be crazy extremists.

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




May 10, 2019 – Social time 6:30 (snacks welcome), Program 7:00

Factory Farming Awareness Coalition works to empower people to help save animals, the environment, and our own health. From social justice to public health to sustainability, factory farming is one of the most serious issues facing the planet. By educating people about the realities of factory farming, FFAC works to build both a consumer base for a sustainable, compassionate food system and an informed citizenry.

Hannah Kinder, Director of Institutional Campaigns for FFAC, earned her B.S. in Evolutionary & Environmental Biology and Ecology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After graduating in 2016 and before joining FFAC, she worked for the world’s largest animal rights organization leading student activists in running campaigns on campuses. Now living in Norfolk with her partner, Max, Hannah spent some of her childhood in Roanoke. Aside from her work in environmental & animal rights, she works promoting projects focused on racial equity and workers’ rights, and she volunteers with a local group connecting the children of incarcerated parents to resources and mentorship. Hannah is also co-host and producer for the Uninformed Cinephiles podcast and in her spare time loves to bake, to camp, and to travel at every available opportunity.



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: