Several months ago, the UUFD Board voted to allocate any funds generated by the FROLIC event over and above $10,000 to the Social Responsibility & Justice Team. We were thrilled by this possibility and decided that, if we received any funds, they would go towards the HVAC renovation of our sanctuary that Mike Trefry and the Environmental Justice Team is working on. Much to our delight, we will be receiving approximately $5,000 from Frolic donations!
The Environmental Justice Team is working towards minimizing our environmental/carbon footprint by transitioning from a natural gas to an electric heat pump system. It’s expensive, but a significant and long-term impact solution. According to the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, “heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners for all climates. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house. During the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your house into the outdoors. Because they transfer heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can efficiently provide comfortable temperatures for your home.”
The EJT will be looking for additional funding support from various sources, including UUA, but it will be good for other funders to know that we are financially supporting the switch locally as much as possible.
Many thanks to the Board, the Environmental Justice Team, and all of the FROLIC donators for significantly moving this project along!