Thursday, May 16, 2019

Green Team Meeting Notes 5/16/2019


Green Team Meeting Notes 5/16/2019

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Graham Long, Steve Fink Mark Bohrer, Susan Johnston, Candy Dann (phone)
Away: Fran Fink, Janet Clarke, Tim Smith

Agenda/Notes
ACTION – Susan – call Offbeat Compost to see if they compost paper plates
ACTION – Susan – order compostable plates & napkins
ACTION – Candy – check with contact John Genetti at AHS about composting paper plates
ACTION – Steve – drop off compost bin & cups – either at church or with Susan
ACTION – Mark – contact 3 Giving Garden leads on proposal for Harvest Dinner in Fall
ACTION – Mark – after input received - send church calendar request this month to pastoral staff

1)      Picnic
o   Supplies
§  Paper plates – we need 500 – Susan found a source online - sturdy
§  Cups – re-usable plastic cups - Finks will drop off & coordinate with Susan
§  Bowls –  Candy will drop off bowls
§  Silverware – use church silver & wash
§  Green barrel – Finks will drop off & coordinate with Susan
o   Signs
§  Candy will email last year’s
o   Compost – Roots Compost is now Offbeat Compost – Susan to investigate to have them pickup

2)      Church Year Planning – We need to send input on proposed/possible dates
o   Harvest Dinner
§  Plan to celebrate the Giving Garden, sharing what they did, how they did it.
·         Mark – will contact Emily, Mark A, Fran to suggest us supporting them and ask about their preferences / idease on possible dates mid-September through mid-October
o   Fall Sunday Service – Social Justice and Climate Change
§  The Green Team would like
§  This is an opportunity to have the youth be involved
§  Can this be a community event
o   Earth Day Sunday (50th year of Earth Day)
§  Any Sunday April 19 through mid-May
·         Green Team believes this is important
·         Green team is open to supporting pastoral staff and contributing in any way we can
·         Can the service become a community event?
o   What about asking for the monthly contribution go to some local green group?

3)      Green Team Annual Report – Mark will draft and send out

4)      Discussion on possible microgrid plans in Andover

Parking Lot - Not discussed
5)      Renewable/Electric options for church
-          Long-term Plan to get the church off gas completely

6)      SC Green Team website
-          Lots more information there now. Anything more needed?


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Green Team Meeting Notes 2-21-2019

Green Team Meeting Notes 2/21/2019

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Fran Fink, Steve Fink Mark Bohrer, Candy Dann (phone)
Away: Janet Clarke, Tim Smith, Susan Johnston
Need to re-add to the invite: Graham Long

Thank you was sent by Massachusetts Interfaith Power&Light to South Church sending a $1000 contribution
Board of World Service agreed to support “Be The Spark” program by MIPL
- $500 matching from BoWS to Green Team $500 contribution >> for $1000 contribution

News: We are now sharing green ideas in the weekly buzz  – Susan is doing this with Nora
- Our green bee is now showing the way!

News: Jim Antal is speaking Memorial Hall Library 3/16 (3/17? ) as part of a WECAN event
-        WECAN = Working to Educate for Climate Action Now
-        Mary Pritchard founded WECAN, inspired by Climate Retreat
-        We are discussing ways we can work together and support WECAN

News:  Electricity Generation from Solar Panels
-         Bill prepared a report & sent it to Trustees. It will also be included as a story in the next quarterly newletter.
-         Mark sent a Powerpoint version to Nora. It’s now posted on the church website and on church TV message board. Nora will rotate the slides, with a new slide each week.

1)      Climate Mitigation program in Andover – Steve reported on this
o   Town leadership is working on acquiring funding from this MA state program

2)      Columbia Gas updates - Merrimack Valley Gas Crisis Recover Green Initiative – Steve
o   Lots is going on! Steve will have more updates to report on soon.

3)      Renewable/Electric options for kitchen - Bill is the point person here
o   The Trustees (Iric) sent out an email in December that there was a decision to stay with gas appliances
o   The Trustees gave several justifications which we thought were answerable and could be overcome
o   This include addressing Columbia Gas compensation for appliances, electric service in condition
o   Things may have changed with what Columbia Gas will fund.
o   Iric could not make it in January and asked to reschedule - Mark proposed a new date to meet  to Iric
o   We are offering that Trustees use the GT as a resource. We want to support and help find solutions.
o   Mark will be the liaison to Trustees, and will be at the next Trustees meeting
o   February Trustees meeting was cancelled. Next meeting is March 18th  (3rd Monday)
ACTION: Mark will call Iric

4)      Long-term Plan to get the church off gas completely

5)      SC Green Team website
- There is now some basic information on the website, including
- Candy is working with Nora on where we appear – Candy has made some suggestions
- ACTION: Candy – get on the “Get to know us” menu
- ACTION: Steve – send photos from retreat, send to Susan, and she will select ones for the website
-        ACTION Mark – update Climate Reader and share with Green Team to review

6)      Divestment and Socially Responsible Investment – Bill
-        the Trustees of Trust Funds made an announcement of their plans to do this at annual meeting
Not discussed this meeting – things we want to do:
- Retreat 2.0 at Fellowship Hour - World Cafe tables return - Steve/Mark
- sharing Climate Cares and Concerns during church

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Green Team Meeting Notes 1-17-2019


Green Team Meeting Notes 1/17/2019

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Susan Johnston, Mark Bohrer, Candy Dann (phone)
Away: Steve Fink, Janet Clarke, Tim Smith, Fran Fink
Need to re-add to the invite: Graham Long

Here are our minutes from last month (link below).

Agenda for this month (schedule order may be adjusted):

1) Renewable/Electric options for kitchen - Iric/Trustees – Bill is the point person here
-        The Trustees had put forward a decision to stay with gas appliances
-        They gave several justifications which we thought were answerable and could be overcome
o   This include addressing Columbia Gas compensation for appliances, electric service in condition
-        Iric could not make it tonight and asked to reschedule
-        ACTION: Mark to respond to Iric, request a new date to meet
o   In an effort to keep communication lines open, this was kind of a glitch, from the Green Team’s perspective. Request that Trustees use the GT as a resource. We want to support and be involved.
o   Mark to propose being a liaison to the Trustees, and plans to attend the next Trustees meeting
-         

2) Columbia Gas updates - Merrimack Valley Gas Crisis Recover Green Initiative – Steve
-        Steve not here - Will get updates when he is present

3) Board of World Service agreed to support “Be The Spark” program by MIPL
- $500 matching from BoWS to Green Team $500 contribution >> for $1000 contribution

4) SC Green Team website
- There is now some basic information on the website:
- Candy is working with Nora on where we appear – Candy has made some suggestions
- ACTION: Candy – get on the “Get to know us” menu
- ACTION: Steve – send photos from retreat, send to Susan, and she will select ones for the website

-        ACTION Mark – update Climate Reader and share with Green Team to review

5) Sharing green ideas in the weekly buzz ... how to best do this? – Susan
- Idea for a little character (green bee?) in the weekly buzz to be a spokesperson for green ideas
- ACTION: Susan will talk to Nora to develop this

6) Electricity Generation from Solar Panels –
- Bill showed graph of last 6 years
- ideas on how to promote
- ACTION: Bill to summarize in a presentation to the Trustees and the church (quarterly newsleeter).

7) Divestment and Socially Responsible Investment – Bill
- an announcement in this regard will be forthcoming at the annual meeting from the Trustees of Trust Funds

Not discussed this meeting – things we want to do:
- Retreat 2.0 at Fellowship Hour - World Cafe tables return - Steve/Mark
- sharing Climate Cares and Concerns during church

Monday, January 14, 2019

Green Team meeting notes 11-29-2018


Green Team Meeting Notes 11/29/2018

Attendees: Bill Schroeder, Susan Johnston, Steve Fink, Mark Bohrer, Candy Dann
Away: Janet Clarke, Tim Smith, Graham Long, Fran Fink

1)      Request from Mass Interfaith Power & Light for the church to support “Be The Spark” program
a.       Program that was developed by Minnesota IPL
b.       Mass Interfaith P&L wants to do a training program for people’s community organizing skills
c.       Proposal - Make the request to Board of World Service
ACTION: Bill – mail program info to Steve F who will take this to Board of World Service

2)      Communication Method to Church
ACTION: Susan – share short green Christmas ideas in Weekly Buzz
a.       Climate Reports sent by Tim Smith – specifically IPCC meeting in Poland
b.       Share with people in context of “The World Needs To Change to Fossil Fuel Free Dramatically and Rapidly”. How are each of us doing this? How are we changing our homes, vehicles, consumption to fossil fuel free?
                                                               i.      “What should I be doing now?” “How am I going to get to fossil-fuel free in 20 years?” For example – maybe I could switch to an electric stove, electric dryer or electric car when I make each of these next purposes.
                                                             ii.      Electric is good (renewable), gas is bad (not renewable, pipeline leaks, explosions, fracking water pollution, health impact/deaths from air and water pollution
ACTION: Mark – share with wider Green Team list
a.       new Green Team website –
ACTION: Candy – request Nora to do Step 1: add “Green Team” homepage, with basic info on who we are, how to contact us, what we have done recently, Step 2: will be to add content

b.       bulletin board – we need to talk to Nora/Dana about how we can contribute to new “theme” / “Action” / “Mission” oriented bulletin boards

3)      Suggestion: Plan a “POST COLUMBIA GAS” session
a.       to solicit input from the church “How has the Columbia Gas crisis changed your life?”
                                                               i.      From this “What should we all do now?”
Next Step: Work on a program involving church membership to solicit input on what should be done
Context: Gas is NOT safe, not good for our communities, and is NOT the future
ACTION: Green Team – followup meeting to work on this

4)      Merrimack Valley Gas Crisis Recovery – Green Initiative
a.       Context: Lupine Road goal to be very green, and promoted that way
b.       Jim Antal’s initiative on Green Social Activism

5)      Climate Change Witness to Congregation –
a.       Regular message needs to be brought to church service each week
ACTION: Mark – request Retreat attendees to signup for weekly “climate witness message” during Joys & Concerns – with Message of Concern Joy and Hope
b.       Climate Justice  - how do we add this to our actions?

Not discussed:
1)      Retreat Takeaways and Followups
                     i.      Very positive feedback – things worked well for families, adults, no concerns expressed, will be requesting more feedback with a survey
                   ii.      Steve will send out a retreat survey
                 iii.      Do followups at Fellowship Hour – ACTION: Mark – ask Dana
1.       Inspiration Fair and World CafĂ© – 2 events, 2 Fellowship hours, start after 15 minutes
2.       Heads up to Dana as a regular prayer time “Cares and Concerns” words on climate change
3.       With a variety of people from the retreat