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:  
February 23rd:  Climate & Clean Energy Rally, 12:30 to 1:30.

March 13th: Earth Friendly Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 in the Sanctuary.  (More info below).

Other environmental news & events:

From the Virginia Conservation Network the 2020 Environmental  Briefing Book:  

Our Common Agenda

Just a thought:

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




March 13, 2020, Social time 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program 7:00

Established in 2006, the sanctuary moved to the current Floyd County location in 2009. Friday afternoon visiting days, in season, as well as numerous workshops, offer the knowledge of beekeeping methods that support–and not destroy—the bees’ vitality and health. We will learn about problems facing native bees and honeybees, why the honeybee is so important, the special aspects of honeybee social behaviors and why the honeybee touches our hearts so deeply.

Gunther Hauk has been a teacher, lecturer, biodynamics gardener and beekeeper for more than thirty-five years. He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, in 1996, and in 2006, together with his wife Vivian, Spikenard Farm, Inc.. Over these decades, he has given many workshops on the successful use of biodynamic principles in gardening and naturally harmonious beekeeping methods throughout the United States and Canada. His book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” (2002) calls for a radical change in approaches to beekeeping.

Vivian Struve-Hauk, Managing Director, is the Caretaker/Beekeeper. Her artistic skills infuse order and beauty into the sanctuary. Born in Chile, Vivian brings organizational talent and a broad range of experience as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher, anthroposophical therapist, photographer, gardener, and beekeeper.



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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