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Green Team

The Green Team helps SCUCC carry out the promise to lessen our carbon footprint, “do all we can to protect as well the birds, animals and plants on this fragile barrier island”, and “serve and support each other” as a part of their commitment to being good stewards for God’s Creation.

The Green Team helps SCUCC carry out the promise to lessen their carbon footprint, “do all we can to protect as well the birds, animals and plants on this fragile barrier island”, and “serve and support each other” as a part of their commitment to being good stewards for God’s Creation.


How Can We Lessen our Carbon Foot-Print as a Congregation?

  • Sorting Our Recycling

    • Only five materials belong in Lee County recycling bins:

      1) any kind of paper except soiled, shredded, metallic, waxed, or tissue (toilet paper, napkins, paper towels)

      2) clean metal cans of aluminum or steel (tin)

      3) any kind of cardboard without a waxed coating or with a waxed coating if it held a solid (vs liquid)

      4) clean plastic containers labeled #1-7 but not plastic bags or Styrofoam (marked #6), and must have one dimension larger than 4 inches, lids may be left on

      5) clean glass bottles or jars with at least one dimension larger than 4 inches (lids may be left on glass bottles).

    • Clean plastic bags and Styrofoam can be taken to Publix. Also: Publix with pharmacies accepts unused and expired medications for safe disposal.


Using

  • By using recycled paper products wherever possible (paper towels, toilet paper, copy paper, coffee filters, etc.) can save CO2 and methane gas emissions. By recycling just one ton of office paper annually, our atmosphere is relieved of 4.2 tons of CO2! The ‘average’ US car emits 5.2 tons of CO2 per year.


Protecting Our Soil and Atmosphere by Composting

  • Plant food waste, paper, as well as garden debris, can be put in a composter to enrich the soil. It not only provides nutrients but also improves soil structure, which facilitates plant growth and provides tastier and more nutritious plants. It also keeps food waste out of the landfill where it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide and a major contributor to climate change. The good news is that composting doesn’t have to be expensive! Everything from small kitchen counter-top units to larger outdoor units are available on Amazon. Simple instruction books can be found at the public library or online as well!


Washing Dishes to Reduce Single-use Plastics

  • Less than 6% of plastic is effectively recycled in the United States. The rest is landfilled, incinerated or winds up littering the environment. Between nine and 15 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, threatening the health and sustainability of marine ecosystems and wildlife [and ultimately our own health].

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