UUCR 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 contact:  Bob Egbert canyonlake76@gmail.com


THOREAU’S 200TH Birthday

July 14, 2017 – Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

Rupert Cutler will lead a celebration of one of our most influential writers, Henry David Thoreau, know widely for Walden; or, Life in the Woods.  The book was a modest success, and it wasn’t until much later that it reached a much wider audience. Over the years, Walden has inspired and informed the work of naturalists, environmentalists, and writers. Thoreau’s essay on “Civil Disobedience,” a non-violent approach to political and social resistance, has  inspired leaders of protest movements around the world.

Dr. Cutler is a native of Detroit, with an undergraduate degree in wildlife management from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State. Rupert moved to Roanoke in 1990.  He was the founding executive director of both Explore Park and the Western Virginia Land Trust (Blue Ridge Land Conservancy).  He served on Roanoke City Council from 2002 to 2010. His contributions include: Editor of Virginia Wildlife, magazine of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; managing editor of the National Wildlife Federation’s magazine, National Wildlife; assistant executive director of the Wilderness Society; senior vice president of the National Audubon Society; executive director of Population-Environment Balance, and president (CEO) of the Defenders of Wildlife. Rupert lives in downtown Roanoke.

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 Dan Crawford at dbcrawford@cox.net  or 540-343-5080 or visit the Sierra Club website at  http://sites.google.com/site/roanokesierra/  Also, please visit the UUCR Green Team website at: http://uuroanoke.org/main/green-team/




We gather outside at our street corner one Sunday each month to show our support for climate protection and clean, renewable energy.  Our next rally will be on July 9th from 12:30 to 1:30 on our street corner at Brandon Ave. & Grandin Road.

Explore Park VOLUNTEER Work

Contact Bob Egbert at canyonlake76@gmail.com if you’re interested in helping or have questions about Explore Park.

 Church Recycling & Composting

The Green Team recycles and composts food scraps and other organic waste.  Contact Lorraine Fleck at flecklk@gmail.com for info on our recycling program.


  • Mail, newspaper, magazines, phone books, non-confidential office paper
  • Shredded paper (not loose; put in a paper bag)
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Cardboard milk, juice, and other beverage cartons (rinsed, with or without plastic spout)
  • Cereal, pasta, tissue boxes
  • Paper plates and napkins (no food residue)
  • Paper cups (rinsed)
  • Pizza boxes (remove any greasy parts)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Brown paper bags
  • Paperback books, hardcover books with covers removed
  • Aluminum and thin metal cans (rinsed)
  • All plastic labelled #1-7 (remove lids, empty container and rinse if needed)
  • Plastic tableware (no food residue)
  • Non-styrofoam take-out containers (no food residue)
  • Glass (all colors, clean, no mirror or window glass)
  • Plastic grocery bags (put in bag provided for this purpose, NOT in recycle bins)

Note:   Remove all visible food waste from containers.


  • Food waste (compost if possible)
  • Wax paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum pie/cake tins
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing material (UPS Store will recycle)
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirror glass, window glass
  • Cords, hoses, wires
  • Hazardous materials
  • Ceramic mugs (broken)
  • China plates (broken)


  • Vegetable matter, including fruits, vegetables, grains, sweets
  • Coffee grounds and paper filters
  • Prepared foods (if no meat or dairy)

Do Not Compost

  • Animal products
  • Oily foods (buttery, oily, cheesy, etc.)
  • Citrus peels (these take too long to break down with our compost system)