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Green Sanctuary Group

Beverly Unitarian Church is a certified Green Sanctuary - certified by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (formerly the Seventh Principle Project).

The Green Sanctuary Group is the proud sponsor of an electric vehicle rapid recharging station, located in our church's parking lot. Electric vehicles can recharge free of charge.

Our Fall Forum, “Take Responsibility for Your Energy Consumption,” will be held on Friday, November 6 th at 6:30 pm. Represent-atives from the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Peoples Gas and Nicor will be present. A light meal and childcare will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by BAPA and the Southwest Chapter of the Chicago League of Women Voters. For more information, contact Fran Sowa, or Eileen Klees, .

The Green Sanctuary Group accepts household hazardous waste, including computer and electronics waste. Waste will be accepted on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot.

Household Hazardous Waste and non-computer electronics will be transported to Chicago’s Household Chemical Disposal and Computer/ Electronics Recycling Center on Goose Island later on those days. The following items will be accepted, on the condition that any hazardous chemicals are properly sealed: antifreeze, used motor oil, old gasoline, oil-based (non-latex, non-acrylic) paints, paint thinners, aerosol paints, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain cleaners, cleaning products, pool chemicals, hobby chemicals, mercury, fluorescent lamps and bulbs, computer equipment and cell phones. This is a service that we will offer to residents of Beverly, Morgan Park and vicinity. Modest contributions to help offset transportation costs are appreciated.

We CANNOT accept any water based paints, freon gas, incandescent bulbs, water soluble calk, or bio-hazardous waste. We will refuse these materials.

Com2 has agreed to pick up the electronics, computers and televisions we collect for recycling on our collection day. Beverly Bank has made a generous contribution to offset our costs for disposal.

Our household hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection on Saturday, August 1, served about 100 members of our community. We were thankful for the assistance of several BUC members in loading the cargo van and Com2 for taking all of the electronics. Enterprise Car Rental of Blue Island, provided the cargo van and Klees Golf Shop enabled us to dispose of the excess cardboard boxes and materials that the Goose Island facility would not accept.

Our next collection is on Saturday morning, November 7, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with hauling continuing until mid-afternoon. If you have a SUV, van or truck to help with the hauling (we will pay for the gas you use), or if you have the physical capacity to lift and carry computer equipment, TVs and the many other things we will be asked to haul, please let Eileen Klees or Fran Sowa know by October 20.

There are a number of opportunities in our area to get outdoors and help restore our natural environment: The next Work Day at Dan Ryan Woods is on Saturday October 10th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. We meet at parking lot on North side of 87th Street near Damen Avenue. Wear appropriate clothing. For more informa-tion, contact Eileen Klees, . If you are interested in helping to restore the Ridge Park Wetland Area, contact Larry Unruh, .

Barely ten minutes from BUC is a prairie remnant that is the site of a rare ant species, a number of important prairie plants, and a wetland. On the fourth Saturday of the month, Eileen Klees leads a workday at Kickapoo Prairie and would really appreciate volunteers. It is fun work and will include cutting down small trees, burning brush piles, and collecting seeds. Kickapoo Prairie is located at 144nd & Halsted in Riverdale. Eileen brings the tools, treats and work gloves; you bring yourself in appropriate clothing. It is great exercise and interesting work. In addition, you will see some fascinating flora and fauna, including a lot of deer for you Bambi lovers. The next workday is Saturday, October 25, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Eileen can carpool if you need a ride. Contact Eileen Klees at (773) 238-4221 for more information.

The Green Sanctuary Group will be the beneficiary of special collections held on the second Sunday of April, May and June. One of our major expenses is our annual $420 payment to our church to rent a parking space where electric vehicles can park while recharging with our rapid recharging station. Another expense is our $1,000 commitment to the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Living (which was the focus of our Feb. 15, 2009 worship service) to help bring and install a wind turbine and/or combined wind/solar project to that center. The equipment will be of use in helping to train individuals, particularly inner-city youth, for jobs in the Green Economy. Payment on our commitment will come when the other parts of the funding are finalized and the project can be realized.

Checks containing your contribution to the Green Sanctuary Group’s projects, contributed during April through June, should be made payable to "Beverly Unitarian Church" with "Green Sanctuary Group" in the note section. Thank you for your support of our efforts on behalf of the environment.

The Green Sanctuary Group provides fair trade coffee for BUC at the church’s coffee hour after our Sunday morning worship services. The coffee is Moka Java, a medium roast made from beans grown on co-operatives in Ethiopia and Sumatra. We appreciate donations for the cost of this coffee. Donations can be given to Betsy Perrine. (If paid by check, please make payable to "Green Sanctuary Group of BUC.") You can also buy a pound of this coffee for $8.

The Green Sanctuary Group welcomes new members.Our next meeting is Sunday, October 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Castle. All are welcome!

For more information about the Green Sanctuary Group contact Fran Sowa at 708-423-6392 or