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COMMUNITY UNITED CHURCH

OF CHRIST

US FOODS RALEIGH ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD

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CUCC has a long-stand-

ing tradition of working

for social justice. In 2007

it created a task force to

address global climate

change, developing

programs to mitigate

negative effects on nature

and humanity — especially

the most vulnerable poor

— from an atmosphere

overheated by excessive

fossil fuel use. CUCC

audited its own facilities

to save energy, organized

study groups to promote

personal energy education

and invited other area

churches to join the efforts;

14 participated.

A 10kW solar array cuts

the church’s electric bill

in half, removing 14,000

pounds of CO2 annually;

excess funds raised helped

seed three other non-prof-

its to install solar as well.

CUCC also works to

improve public transpor-

tation, safe and effective

materials recycling, and

growing and consuming

local foods, including those

from a children’s garden

on site. It employed volun-

teers to remove debris

and make repairs before

work could begin through

the federal Resources for

Seniors program to weath-

erize and repair HVAC

systems for needy elderly

Raleigh citizens. CUCC

continues to encourage

people and non-profits

outside its congregation to

invest time and money for

socially valuable projects.

JUSTICE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

TASK FORCE

RESA