Monday, September 7, 2020

Green Team Meeting Notes 8-27-2020

 Green Team Meeting Notes – 8/27/2020

 

Attendees: Steve Fink, Mark Bohrer, Mary Pritchard, Candy Dann

Away: Bill Schroeder, Janet Clarke, Susan Johnston, Fran Fink

Next meeting is 2nd Wednesday 9/9 (proposed)

 

1)     WECAN – Brief update from Mary Pritchard

2)     Environmental Voter Pledge – Candy Dann (for Bill Schroeder)

·        ACTION – Mark – contact Dana & Alex about how can we get this campaign into the church service, out to the church? What are their ideas?

·        ACTION – Green Team meeting in 2 weeks to focus just on this

·        ACTION – Candy & Susan – draft an email to send to “Greater Green Team”

·        Climate Voter Project organized by SNEUCC (Southern New England UCC)

·        https://www.sneucc.org/blogdetail/congregation-climate-justice-voter-pledge-14169816

·        What is the “Why” – Are you tired of not being heard? Amplify your voice by joining together!

·        Goals - campaign to challenge the congregation to reach 75% of church membership – 600 people

                                                              i.     In Buzz, onto church website

                                                             ii.     Green Team committee – Divide up “Greater Green Team” list – 43 names -

1.      Divide up list - each of us contacts 8, ask each person to contact 2 more

                                                            iii.      Get into the Andover Townsman

                                                            iv.     Get other churches/temples to join in - point them to Interfaith Power & Light

                                                             v.     Idea – monthly focus for Missions (Board of World Service) –

1.      ACTION - Steve – bring it up there

                                                            vi.     Request to have it part of the church service

3)     Retreat – early plans discussion – Steve Fink

·        Steve shared ideas/brainstorming – earliest in person would be Fall 2022

·        Real thoughts wait until after the election

·        Thoughts about a Zoom online “Green Retreat” event

                                                              i.     Find a local social justice / climate justice speaker – do it online? in church parking lot?

                                                             ii.     invite local religious organizations & green groups to start building connections for in person retreat

4)     Green Bee – Susan & Candy

·        Brainstorm ideas – Environmental/Climate Voter Project

 

Other topics – not discussed

5)     Church Insulation Update – Bill Schroeder

6)     Trustees of the Trust Funds

·        Candy will work Tim to a letter to the TOTF, asking for an update on divestment and social justice

7)     State Bill – Roadmap 2050 – sent an email about contacting your State reps

·        Mary Pritchard sent out an email about how to support this

·        Action needed before end of July to move

8)     Mass Interfaith Power & Light

9)     Church Capital campaign -  (On Hold)

·        sustainability – conversion to heatpumps, insulation, capital campaign

10)  Green Bee

11)  Charging station

12)  Faith forums

13)  Church service – climate witness / climate justice

 

 

Friday, July 17, 2020

SC Green Team Meeting Notes 7-16-2020


SC Green Team Meeting Notes – 7/16/2020

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Steve Fink, Mark Bohrer, Mary Pritchard, Candy Dann, Janet Clarke, Susan Johnston, Fran Fink
Next meeting is 4th Thursday 8/27

1)     Church Insulation Update – Bill Schroeder – see email he sent to the group this afternoon
·        Ross Lendway of Rise Engineering met with Betsy D, Tim O, Bill S at church
·        Ross proposed options for insulating church attic and walls also
2)     Political Action
·        Climate Action now means Climate Justice  (Social Justice, Racial Justice)
·        Mary noted “Mothers Out Front” is funding a local climate action coordinator position in Lawrence
https://ma.mothersoutfront.org/cambridge
                                                              i.     Could the monthly contribution go toward this?
3)     Retreat – early plans discussion – think about Fall 2022?
·        The best way to seed plans for the retreat is to start with questions
                                                              i.     What do people want it to be about? What themes should we cover?
·        Importance of inviting other faith communities in Andover
4)     Trustees of the Trust Funds
·        Candy will work Tim to a letter to the TOTF, asking for an update on divestment and social justice
5)     State Bill – Roadmap 2050 – sent an email about contacting your State reps
·        Mary Pritchard sent out an email about how to support this
·        Action needed before end of July to move


Other topics – not discussed
6)     WECAN coordination
7)     Mass Interfaith Power & Light
8)     Church Capital campaign -  (On Hold)
·        sustainability – conversion to heatpumps, insulation, capital campaign
9)     Green Bee
10)  Charging station
11)  Faith forums
12)  Church service – climate witness / climate justice

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Green Team Meeting Notes 10-15-2019


Green Team Meeting Notes 10/15/2019

Lots of good energy! If you weren’t here, we missed you! And you missed a good meeting! 😊

Reminder: meeting night is the 3rd Tuesday of the month – next meeting is Tuesday 11/19

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Steve Fink, Mark Bohrer,  Susan Johnston, Iric Rex
Away: Candy Dann, Graham Long, Janet Clarke, Tim Smith, Fran Fink, Mary Pritchard
Add to invite: Marty Mason

Followup: conference calls will be scheduled for afternoon of Wed 10/23 & Mon 10/28 –
Steve will send out Skype invite!

Agenda/Notes

We read the poem by Barbara Kingsolver at the beginning of the meeting.
(from Time Magazine, September 23, 2019)

1)     Climate Strike
-        Learn more at strikewithus.org/boston
-        Next strike is Friday November 29 (black Friday)

2)     What is the next thing we need to do: The big thing to make the church sustainable
-        We need a dream – why/how/what
-        Big view: We need to convert from gas to to electric (heatpumps)
·   Insulation / efficiency is a part of this conversion
-        Conversion needs to be done as part of the capital campaign
·   Replacing the plaster is the context of doing the insulation
-        Green needs to be a big part of the capital campaign
-        How does this fit to ONCET
·   Setting an example in the community as a congregation is the key part
·   Doing & spreading the word is as important as what is done
-        From Iric: We need to call Sergio! The mechanical company is Sergio & Ciani.


3)     Socially Responsible Investing
-        Trustees of the Trust Funds – at last church meeting, TOTF agreed to buy 15% of SRI funds
·   Jane Ingram is the new head of the TOTF
-        Are they planning to buy more? Do they have a plan to transition to all SRI funds?
-        What can we do to keep the discussion going about having church members change their investments to sustainable/green funds?

4)     UCC Super Saturday – Oct 5th in Framingham – we ran out of time – did not get a readout!
-        Mass Conference runs this event
·   Now joining with RI and CT conferences
·   Environmental Ministry – Ted Wade and Barbara Darling
·   Steve will represent Green Team and talk about SC Green Retreat


Not discussed this week
1)     Fellowship greening
2)     Faith forums
3)     Climate justice as a regular part of Sunday service

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Report on South Church Solar Panels - first six years

Here is the PDF report on our solar panels, showing the results of the first six years of electricity generation, 2013-2018.
SC Solar Panel Report - First Six Years

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Green Team Meeting Notes 9-17-2019


Green Team Meeting Notes 9-17-2019

Reminder that our new meeting night is the 3rd Tuesday of the month – next meeting is 10/15

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Steve Fink, Mark Bohrer, Candy Dann (phone)
Away: Graham Long, Janet Clarke, Tim Smith, Fran Fink, Susan Johnston,
New adds to the invite: Mary Pritchard, Marty Mason

Agenda/Notes

1)     Climate Strike
-        Learn more at strikewithus.org/boston
-        Meet at church ~8:45 AM Friday 9/20
-        Take train at 9:22, Train arrives 10:10 AM
-        Currently planning to go from South Church: Susan, Janet, Bill, Mary Pritchard, Mark & Debbie Bohrer
-        10:00 – 11:30 gathering with speakers and music at City Hall Plaza
-        11:30 – 1:00 march to Massachusetts Statehouse

2)     UCC Super Saturday Plans – Oct 5th in Framingham (see email from Bill Schroeder)
-        Mass Conference runs this event
                                                    i.     Now joining with RI and CT conferences
                                                   ii.     Environmental Ministry – Ted Wade and Barbara Darling
                                                  iii.     Steve will represent Green Team and talk about SC Green Retreat

3)     Faith Forums
-        Climate will be a topic on the first Sunday of every month throughout the year

4)     Climate Justice in Sunday Services -
-        Can there be “Climate Justice” or “Climate Witness” moments in church regularly?
-        ACTION – Mark contacted Dan and she said she would get back after talking to church staff
                                                    i.     Dana has not replied with
                                                   ii.     Jenn has several green events planned this fall with HS and MS students

5)     Harvest Dinner – is tentatively schedule for Saturday October 19th
-        Purpose is to celebrate the year of food harvested by our Interfaith Giving Garden
-        Share Vegetarian dishes and ideas
                                                    i.     Pasta machines were a big hit
                                                   ii.     If we are going to have this we need to have Giving Garden on board
-        Then we can invite families and promote the event
-        ACTION: Steve – talk to Fran and Emily and confirm the interest of the Giving Garden team
-        Mark is available to organize and promote the event

6)     Andover Green Energy Options - discussion
-        Massachusetts State government has a program promoting Community Choice Aggregation
                                                    i.     Includes green energy options for citizens in a town
                                                   ii.     North Andover has implemented a CCA – but the main focus is not necessarily on green energy, although North Andover has an aggregated  green energy choice option
-        Steve is working with Anil to promote this option for Andover
                                                    i.     Can we have a session at South Church to share information on this?
-        See AndoverCCA.org

7)     Fellowship “greening”

o   Having a compost service was useful to get people to see it and think about this option
§  Could church benefit from compost service? The best option for when we do need to use disposable cups and plates would be use compostable ones.
o   David Strong was going to bring this up to council –
§  ACTION: Candy will followup with David


8)     Church sanctuary insulation – August 2019 notes –
-        No updates this month month, but serious plans are under consideration
-        Ross Lenway of RISE Engineering  - MASS-SAVE contractor, with gas customer balance paid by Columbia gas
                                     i.     working in conjunction with natural gas crisis – has worked with 30 churches in Lawrence/Andover/ North Andover area in the past year
                                    ii.     A series of updates was performed to South Church earlier this year – steam traps replaced, other stuff
-        Attic insulation –
                                     i.     Ross talked about how the attic would air-sealed & insulated after plaster replaced
-        Side wall insulation
                                     i.     RISE previously had said that the walls could not get blown in insulation
                                    ii.     On further review – on the invitation of Andy Brien to an Insulation contractor said that we COULD get the sidewalls insulated
1.      Estimate of this insulation contractor said walls and ceiling would cost ~$87,000
2.      Estimate of “therms saving” is ~4-5,000 therms, each therm is approx $1, payback is ~20 years
3.      THIS IS DO-ABLE, although it exceeds the standard amount that Columbia Gas pays (approx $50,000)
4.      Looking forward: the paperwork was submitted to request full payment by Columbia Gas – there seems a reasonable chance to get this.
5.      Worth Noting: our church does NOT have certain architecture, old wiring & hazardous material issues that some OTHER chuches have that may complicate what can be done for them. We have this simplifying situation.