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  13th:  Earth Friendly Friday (info below)
September 20th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke:  Roanoke Climate Strike:  Show that you care by showing up.  
Other environmental new & events:

From the Virginia Conservation Network the 2020 Environmental  Briefing Book:

Just a thought:

“So the next time someone, from Exxon-Mobil perhaps, or Shell or BP, or Saudi Aramco, or Gazprom, or VW or Audi or Land Rover, or British Airways or Easyjet, comes to whisper in your ear that reducing consumption of fossil fuels and energy is just too much sacrifice, remember the altar they have been cajoling us to build so high in the sky. In the story, Abraham stops short of murdering his child when he looks around and sees a ram, the real object of sacrifice. Perhaps, if we look around at this late and desperate hour, rather than sacrificing our own children, we might finally see the fossil fuel industries for what they are – and decide to sacrifice them instead”

Julia Steinberger

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




The other renewable energy

September 13th, 2019

6:30 social time, 7:00 program

          These days when the talk is about “renewable energy” it’s often assumed that the discussion is about solar or wind; or the burning of some form of biomass.  We often overlook the renewable energy that is, and has been a significant part of America’s energy mix for hundreds of years. That’s the power of running water.  Our program this month will teach us what we don’t know about the source of electricity that we probably take for granted.

Our presenter, Frank M Simms served 32 years in the utility industry, including eight years as the manager of the hydroelectric department for a major multi-state utility.  He was project manager for the licensing of hydroelectric facilities in five states.  He is a professional engineer licensed in Virginia and Ohio and was a civil engineer consultant for 10 years. He is a graduate of University of Toledo with Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and is a participant in the Executive in Residence at Ferrum College. He was an instructor of civil engineering courses for 15 years at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio.  He is the current Chairman of Roanoke Valley Greenways Commission and a volunteer with the Pathfinders for Greenways Mid-Week Crew.

contact Bob Egbert at for more info about the Earth Friendly Friday program series.



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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