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”.








World’s first floating wind farm performing well beyond expectations

We’ve been following the story of Hywind, the world’s first “floating” wind farm, with great interest—not least for its potential to reduce installation costs and open up new territories in deeper waters to offshore wind.

But how would it actually perform?

Now, with its first quarter of energy production under its belt (and the prospect of new, larger floating wind farms in development), folks have been anxiously awaiting some actual data on energy production. According to a report over at Business Green, the early data is exceedingly good—with the project reporting an average operating capacity factor of 65% between October and January. (This compares to a typical 45-60% for a conventional wind farm during the winter months.)

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The biggest risk is keeping kids indoors

The new ‘Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play’ uses hard facts to combat hyper-parents’ obsession with keeping kids indoors to keep them safe.

So many kids are kept indoors now, instead of being allowed to play and roam outside, that the issue is being positioned as a children’s rights concern. Kids need to be outside, to run around, climb trees, build forts, collect bugs, and toboggan down snowy hills, and yet this goes against our society’s tendency toward hyper-parenting.

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March 9, 2018 – Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

Accelerating changes in the natural world, including climate disruption, habitat degradation and losses in biodiversity, mean today’s children will have to function as adults in an altered ecosystem. Parents, educators, and policy makers need to be aware of these environmental perils, but also of how we can help children and youth approach their future. Michael Bentley’s book project, Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators (2014: Wood ‘N’ Barnes) addresses this situation.

Michael, a Roanoke native, is a career educator, beginning in 1969 with elementary, middle, and high school students. He has also been a science museum educator, Governor’s school principal, and the Virginia Department of Education’s Supervisor of Science. He holds degrees from King’s College (PA), the University of Pennsylvania, and the doctorate in science education from the University of Virginia. He retired from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville but continues to write, consult and present professionally. He wrote grants that funded seven years of the Science Institute for Teachers at Hollins University, which he directed, and he continues to serve as Education Associate at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Currently he is doing professional development for schools in WV, MD, PA, and MA as they implement a science program developed by UC-Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Michael has authored more than two-dozen books and chapters in books. He is married to the Rev. Susan E. Bentley, Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Roanoke. They have three adult children and live in Salem.

Discounted copies of the book will be available for sale.

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



The UUCR Climate Warriors of February 18th.


Volunteer please. Green Team recycling contact:  Lorraine Fleck;

Green Team organizer & contact:  Bob Egbert