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”.


How to practice ‘forest bathing’ in a park

The Japanese pursuit of shinrin-yoku uses trees and nature to heal oneself – here’s how you can do it even in a park.

Japanese “forest medicine” is the science of using nature to heal oneself of all that ails. In the 1980s, researchers in Japan started extolling the science behind the benefits of being outdoors. And in 1982, the Japanese government introduced the concept of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing,” urging people to make use of the country’s generous wooded areas for therapy.

In the following decades the benefits of spending time amongst the trees have been confirmed over and over. One comprehensive review just concluded that spending time in greenspace “reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure, among other benefits.” (See more here: Vast new study confirms significant health benefits of nature.)  More at:

 Clean energy is catching up to natural gas

The natural gas “bridge” to sustainability may be shorter than expected.

For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, and it’s getting expensive, but it’s too early to jump all the way to renewable energy. To get from the fossil fuel present to the renewable future, we will need … a bridge.

Natural gas is meant to be that bridge, a way to reduce our emissions relative to coal while we work on scaling up renewables. (The shift from coal to gas is a big part of why US emissions have declined over the past few years.)

In its role as a bridge, natural gas seems to have a comfortable future. First, it will replace coal and nuclear “baseload” plants, and then, as renewables grow to supply the bulk of power, it will provide flexibility, filling in the gaps where variable renewables (wind and solar) fall short. By playing these multiple roles, natural gas will long outlive coal and prove useful well into the latter half of the 21st century. It will enjoy a long, slow exit.

Or so the story goes.

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The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan is intended to provide a strategic vision for the energy policy of the Commonwealth over the next 10 years. This plan is being developed in accordance with Chapter 2 of Title 67 of the Code of Virginia. Per the statute, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is tasked with submitting the Plan to the Governor, the State Corporation Commission and the General Assembly by October 1, 2018There will be a public listening session on July 30, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. in Roanoke on general energy issues at (Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 212, 108 N Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016)

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Aug. 10, 2018 – Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

The role of money and finance in extractive industries, especially in fossil fuels and pipelines, poses tremendous challenges, and opportunities. In a society run by corporate profits, we must learn to beat them at their own game, to get their undivided attention. With millions of dollars in state deposits and in the Virginia Retirement System going to companies like Sturm, Ruger and Co., as well as EQT and Dominion, we have the power to impact those profit lines. Join us for an evening of learning how to make divestment and reinvestment a powerful tool of any environmental or social movement.

Austin Sachs is the director and founder of Protect and Divest, an organization focused on using economic means to bring about racial, economic, environmental and social justice. After witnessing the crisis of Standing Rock and our government’s response to it, Austin turned his focus to divestment efforts related to the Dakota Access Pipeline. With time, his focus broadened to include all extractive industries, because they all feed off the same group of people. Austin is a rising senior at Eastern Mennonite University, studying economics and accounting. He is a proud resident of Harrisonburg, VA.



held on our street corner at grandin rd. & brandon ave.

Our next rally will be held on July 22nd 12:30 to 1:30.  

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Volunteer please. Green Team recycling contact:  Lorraine Fleck;

Green Team organizer & contact:  Bob Egbert