Bluegrass United Church of Christ

We are an inclusive and affirming spiritual community seeking to live out a more just and generous Christianity by putting words into action with community outreach and social advocacy.

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Current Sustainable Practices

Sustainability Management and the Green Team

  • Designate a Sustainability Coordinator or Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.
  • Provide time for quarterly updates from Sustainability Coordinator in upper management meetings.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Provide a sustainability information board in a common area such as a break room or kitchen.
  • Host annual trainings or workshops to educate employees about sustainability issues, policies and procedures.
  • Promote sustainability accomplishments in external marketing materials (website, social media, newsletter, press releases, TV/radio ads).
  • Participate in a present or attend sustainability workshop.

Energy Efficiency

  • Establish a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees or install an inline water heater.
  • Sign up for a green energy program with your electric provider.
  • Establish a regular filter maintenance policy for your HVAC system.
  • Have your HVAC system evaluated every 2 years by a certified service provider.
  • Establish a policy for purchasing that requires Energy Star rated appliances and electronics.
  • Install power strips for computers and equipment to power down during non-business hours.
  • Install programmable thermostats and use them to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Perform external lighting audit.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implement a basic recycling program.
  • Provide clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas. Recycling bins must be paired with a waste bin.
  • Train and require janitorial service or staff responsible for cleaning to segregate waste and recyclable materials.
  • Use reusable mugs and dishware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Replace at least 50% of paper stock with post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Host, sponsor, or participate in a zero-waste event.

Water Conservation

  • Conduct a water audit within the last three years. Monitor and record water usage, check indoor and outdoor pipes and fixtures for drips and leaks.

Water Quality

  • Post information in restrooms about proper disposal of flushable wipes and other items.
  • Install outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.
  • Before washing parking lots, sweep debris/litter and do not use cleaners.

Transportation Efficiency

  • Adopt a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.

Innovation

  • Participate in LFUCG Citizens’ Environmental Academy

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