Phyllis Theermann

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills is the first community of faith in town to enroll in the Wellesley Renewable Energy program.

Last month, the governing committee agreed to sign up to receive ten percent of the church’s electricity from renewable sources.

The church uses about 58,000 kilowatt hours per year, and it will be saving about 4,200 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere by signing up for the Wellesley Renewable Energyprogram.

Enrolling in the program is part of a larger effort by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee to encourage the church and its members to become more environmentally sustainable. In the church building, members have installed motion sensors on light fixtures, placed CFL light bulbs in appropriate locations, and resealed many of the windows.

“Living a life that is respectful of our environment is a central element of our faith,” says the minister, the Reverend Sara Ascher. “By supporting renewable energy and implementing energy conservation measures, we are doing what we can to protect the interdependent web of life.”

On Sunday, March 18, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a special service to promote environmental action among the entire congregation.