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United Methodist Women Gets Great Scores on its First Ever “Be Just. Be Green” Assembly!

United Methodist Women Gets Great Scores on its First Ever “Be Just. Be Green” Assembly!

At the 2014 Assembly, United Methodist Women staff and members worked to take their commitment to environmental and social sustainability to the next level. A small team of staff worked throughout 2013 with MeetGreen (consultants in sustainable meetings) to find a way to measure our efforts as we go forward into other events. As the national office, we hope to model growth in our adherence to measureable and effective sustainability practices. The report reveals exciting results for our first “measured” Assembly. According to MeetGreen, and with thanks to many volunteers and staff hours, we exceeded the average event sustainability of the companies that Meet Green usually works with by a large margin.
 
We couldn’t have achieved such results without making connections with others who have more experience with this process than we do, especially the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), which held its meeting in the same convention center in 2013. UUA has been a leader in faith-based sustainable meetings for years. As a result of our consultations with the convention center, and their collegiality with us, we were able to recycle, compost, use china and local food sources, and more.
 
This is the same process we are now asking of our conferences — that we all work with the materials in our Be Just. Be Green. 13 Steps to Sustainability program, using our trained jurisdictional guides as consultants. May we do our best work ever in the “13 Steps to Sustainability,” so that we can report our concrete steps toward sustainability for all the world to see! 

Posted or updated: 8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM
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