BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Green Sanctuary

UU Ministry for Earth – “Our mission is to facilitate and support the work of Unitarian Universalists by affirming and promoting the Seventh Principle of the UUA, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.”

Food

Locally grown foods being sold Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Middletown Grange in Wrightstown during the season. For more information go to:    http://www.buckscountyfoodshedalliance.org

Local Harvest “Use our website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area”

Glenside Farmers’ Market:   http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M5550

The Doylestown Farmers Market is open every weekend (except the weekend of the Doylestown Arts Festival) from 7:00 a.m. until noon. All the vendors live in Southeastern Pennsylvania and make, bake, or raise what they sell.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) – Pennypack Farm Education Center located in Horsham.  Members share the produce. Go to <   http://www.localharvest.org/csadrops.jsp?id=5261 > for more information. The Anchor Run Farm CSA in central Bucks Co. is fully subscribed for the 2007 season;  As is Blooming Glen Farm

Willow Creek Orchards in Collegeville, a certified Organic farm, also selling locally produced meats and dairy products from free-range animals. This is not a CSA, but a farm you can go to whenever you want to purchase their current crops. You can become a member for $50 and save 10% on purchases. They also have various pick-your-own fruits and veggies when available.

Fair Food Farmstand – Wednesday to Saturday 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. & Sunday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m..  Reading Terminal Market – Arch St. side across from Metropolitan Bakery.  12th & Arch Street  www.readingterminalmarket.org 215-627-2029

White Dog Cafe Foundation – The White Dog Cafe Foundation envisions a Local Living Economy in the Greater Philadelphia Region – one that brings inclusive and broad-based economic empowerment, environmental stewardship, and vibrant, unique character to our communities through local business ownership. Our mission is to create, strengthen and connect locally owned businesses & farms committed to working in harmony with natural systems, providing meaningful living wage jobs, supporting healthy community life, and contributing to economic justice. The Foundation is funded by 20% of White Dog Cafe profits, contributions from customers, foundation grants and income from our farmstand and events. Our two major projects are Fair Food and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN). Contributions welcome.

Adventure into eating locally – challenges, ideas, and resources www.100milediet.org

Recycling

Earth 911- www.Earth911.org – It is the mission of Earth 911 to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve their quality of life.  Excellent recycling information and more.

Environmental Justice

UU’s for a Just Economic Community – “Our mission is to engage, educate, and activate Unitarian Universalists to work for economic justice, recognizing that as people of faith in the struggle for justice, we are supporting and renewing our spiritual lives.”

Climate Change

The Climate Crisis Coalition – “The Climate Crisis Coalition seeks to broaden the circle of individuals, organizations and constituencies engaged in the global warming issue, to link it with other issues and to provide a structure to forge a common agenda and advance action plans with a united front.”

http://www.fightglobalwarming.com / (Good background info.)

An Inconvenient Truth – The ‘Take Action’ link has some good tips.

The Geological Society of America – Understanding Climate Change – View presentations at GSA Public Forum presented last October in Philadelphia.  A good talk on the science of climate change geared for a lay audience.

General Environmental Issue Awareness

Grist Magazine “We exist to tell the untold stories, spotlight trends before they become trendy, and engage the apathetic.”

Environmental Defense Fund – “We find innovative, practical ways to solve the most urgent environmental problems.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists – “UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.”

Orion Magazine “The Orion Society’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.”

Ideal Bite “Ideal Bite was created in early 2005 as the ultimate online source of clever ideas that are good for both people and the planet.”

PennEnvironment – “PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.”

The Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment.It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the envrironment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs.  It is a part of the Digital Universe .

New American Dream – “The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.”

The Sustainability Institute – “We focus on understanding the root causes of unsustainable behavior in complex systems to help restructure systems and shift mindsets that will help move human society toward sustainability.”

What do you mean, sustainable?  Good question. The Sustainable Route will document the continuing exploration of the ’sustainable’ movement. – www.sustainableroute.com

Co-op America – “Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.”

American Forests –  “Our vision is to have healthy forest ecosystems for every community.”

Also, the book “50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth,” by the Earth Works Group (available in BuxMont’s library).

Supplies for Office & Kitchen

GreenLine Paper “It is our company vision to grow with the support of satisfied customers and help lead the office products industry to higher levels of sustainability.”

The Green Office is an online retailer of recycled, environmentally friendly, and sustainable business products, school supplies, and paper.

Marcal Paper Mills of Elmwood Park, NJ produces paper products from recyclable paper.  Found in local stores.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Energy Star – A joint program from the US EPA and Department of Energy to promote energy-efficient Products, New Home Construction, and Home Improvement.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – “The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.”

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association ( NESEA ) is the nation’s leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies

Green Building & Remodeling

Building Green – “We are an independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.”

Keystone Green Building Initiative A local program from the Home Builders Association of Bucks/Montgomery to recognize and encourage builders to become green builders.

Healthy Building Network – “The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment.”

The Environmental Home Store – A local source “…providing green building materials from the United States’ leading eco-manufacturers.”

Transportation

Better World Car Club – “Better World Club Provides Nationwide Roadside Assistance. We are the Nation’s Only environmentally friendly auto club. Membership Includes eco-travel Services, Discounts on hybrid cars, insurance Services, Free Maps, Auto Maintenance discounts and bicycle roadside assistance. We donate 1% of annual revenues toward environmental cleanup and advocacy.”