Climate Action Team
A group of environmentally concerned
congregation members are working to lessen the effects of climate change
on our planet. The current 400 ppm level of the greenhouse gas carbon
dioxide in our atmosphere has not been seen since the middle of the
Pliocene epoch 4 million years ago when sea levels were 60 feet higher
than today. Severe storms, drought, floods, fires and extremes weather
are already occurring on our planet. The time for action is now!
The Climate Action Team is working in a variety
of ways to reduce the environmental impact of First Parish and also educating
and involving members to do the same with their individual homes and
activities. Most individuals are also working with the wider community on local
and national and environmental issues. We ask anyone who wishes to protect the
environment and address our climate issues to
join our group.
Current and Future Plans
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) designation as a Green
Sanctuary Church in May 2010.
This was the culmination of a five year effort to audit our
campus sustainability practices, develop twelve sustainability
goals, and initiate actions to meet these goals. This program is in
keeping with the UUA 7th principal of respecting the
interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Under this effort, a
campus recycling program was initiated, energy efficient lighting
was installed, and other important sustainability practices were
Instrumental in the
installation of 84 high efficiency solar panels on the roof of our
Parish House in April 2013. The panels produce a peak power of 27 Kw
and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from our campus by 375 tons
per year. The
panels produce electricity approximately equivalent to the use of
electric power by our Parish House and Meeting House.
Instrumental in the
installation of four 97.5 % efficient gas furnaces in our Parish
House in August 2014 replacing four 55 year old inefficient
furnaces. The anticipated energy savings in gas and electricity is $
4,000 per year.
Supported the effort
that led to the Town of Framingham becoming designated as a Green
Community by the State Energy and Environmental Division.
The Town received a $400,000 grant from the State and is now
carrying out actions to meet five designated energy conservation
Nine members marched
in the September 28, 2014 New York City Climate March highlighting
the need for tougher international regulations on climate change.
400,000 people from all over the world participated making it the
largest climate demonstration to date.
forums, showed films on climate change, made climate change
presentations and supported ministerial sermons on sustainability
community garden on First Parish grounds in spring of 2014.
Installed deer fencing, and designated twelve plots. Members
enjoyed growing a variety of vegetables.
Conducted a tour of
E.L. Harvey recycling center. 12 members attended.
350.MA to support State legislation for a tax on carbon and
divestiture of State investment funds from fossil fuel companies.
Transition Framingham to support their efforts to create a more
Memorial and Nutting trails through the woods behind Parish House.
Initiate efforts to
install energy efficient furnaces in our Meeting House.
Earth Day activities on the Framingham Green.
Initiate a 2nd NSTAR
lighting audit of our buildings and install additional energy
Work with new
communities in Framingham to educate them on sustainability
environmental forums, making climate change presentations,
and supporting sermons on sustainability.