GreenUP Ministry Team

In 2014, members of United Parish began meeting and discussing how this church can work together to raise awareness of environmental issues in our community and in our world.

Since then, they have hosted various workshops and informational meetings, including a recent movie, Merchants of Doubt, with excellent discussion afterwards. They have participated in the Climate March in NYC and other key Brookline climate events, hosting the final event for Brookline Climate Week with Michael Dukakis.  In addition, GreenUP is inviting all to participate in the global Break Free from Fossil Fuels" initiative organized by 350.org in support of a just worldwide transition to renewable energy and in peaceful resistance to the international fossil fuel industry. 

Inhouse, they have partnered with the Building and Grounds Maintenance Ministry Team to change all lighting to LED, and is working with staff and members to "green-up" Coffee Hour by decreasing the use of paper products.

Mission Statement:

GreenUP of United Parish in Brookline is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of United Parish and fostering its stewardship of God’s world. As caring and faithful Christians, we wish to reduce our negative impact on and improve our harmony with God's creation. We also wish to empower and educate the United Parish congregation, Brookline/Boston community, and beyond to reduce their own impact on the environment. We strive to reach these goals through outreach, education, service, and activism.

 

Latest GreenUP News

GreenUP Workshop
Posted: Dec 21 2018 - 11:23am

United Parish’s GreenUP Ministry Team is partnering with Brookline’s Mothers Out Front to host a free event called “Stop wasting money! Stop wasting energy! Start saving the planet!” on Monday, January 14 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Parlor. Save money on your utility bills with simple changes you can make in your home to reduce cost, electricity, energy use, and move away from fossil fuels. You will leave with solutions! Energy efficiency is our bridge to a clean, green, sustainable, fossil fuel-free future. Join us in protecting our climate for us, our children, and grandchildren. Learn more at ma.mothersoutfront.org. Contact greenup@upbrookline.org.

Image credit: https://www.reenergizeco.com/top-5-ways-to-save-energy/

GreenUP Climate Change Event
Posted: Oct 11 2018 - 4:01pm

Climate change is caused by carbon pollution. And carbon pollution causes and worsens asthma and chronic lung disease. It hurts children, the elderly and the poor most of all. Those who have done the least to cause it and have the least resources to adapt suffer the most. That's unjust and our faith calls us to act now!

United Parish's GreenUP Ministry Team encourages anyone who is interested to attend the MA Interfaith Power & Light Annual Conference:
Monday, October 22, 2018 7-9 pm
Plymouth Church in Framingham
87 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Contact greenup@upbrookline.org if you're interested in carpooling to the conference.

Keynote speaker: Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator; Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Topic: Children's Health: The Front Line in Battling Carbon Pollution

Speaker: Nathaniel Stinnett Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project
Topic: Environmental Politics: The Importance of Voting in Every Election

Recommended donation $20. For more information contact Vince Maraventano at vince@MIPandL.org or 617-244-0755. Advance registration required at https://conta.cc/2OGYBwq so we can plan properly.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light: A Faith-based Response to Climate Change www.MIPandL.org

Green your way to Church
Posted: Jul 12 2018 - 12:33pm

On Sunday August 26, the Green UP Ministry Team hopes you will join us in lowering your carbon footprint on your way to church. Will you walk, bike, take the MBTA or perhaps carpool? If you do, we will recognize you with a lapel pin (it's green, of course!) AND enter you into a raffle to win a water bottle for your future journeys. If the only way you can get to church is by car, you can still get the pin and enter the raffle, if you 'offset' your trip with a small donation to the environmental action group 350.org. Have fun, get some exercise, do something good for the planet and maybe even win a prize!! (and, if you're sipping an iced coffee or latte on your way to church, don’t get a throwaway cup, please use your refillable travel mug. Show us the mug and you can have an extra raffle entry!!!) For more information, contact greenup@upbrookline.org.