CCU Thinks Green

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Being “Green” and Showing Compassion

Recycling HI-5 containers (plastic, glass and aluminum) at
redemption centers is an excellent way of being “green.” However, if you want to add an expression of compassion to your practice of eco-justice, you are invited to join Marian and John Heidel in giving your containers to IHS (Institute for Human Services).

On the first Sunday of each month, the Heidel’s  white Ford Ranger pick-up will be parked in the CCU parking lot.  Simply place your donation in the back; it would be helpful if the containers are washed and sorted into separate bags – plastic and aluminum; for safety reasons, they DO NOT accept glass. They will be delivered to IHS within a couple days.

And, please: ONLY PLASTIC AND ALUMINUM HI-5 CONTAINERS  – no other recycling.

Please call John at 261-4585 if you have any questions or concerns.









CCU Environmental Stewardship Practice

As the members of CCU further our commitment to environmental stewardship within our church, we adopt the following practices:

1. Turn off electrical appliances, lights, fans, air-conditioners, computers and office machines when not in use and overnight.

2. Set the sanctuary air conditioner thermostat at no lower than 74 degrees and keep the sanctuary doors closed when the air conditioning is running.

3.  Provide pitchers of water (rather than bottled water) during church activities.

4.  Use compostable, biodegradable plates and cold drink cups for food and beverages.

5.  Print/copy 2-sided; reuse paper printed 1-sided by printing on the back side; reduce the size of documents mailed (print on 1/2 sheet of paper when appropriate); save and reuse music and other copies when possible, and reuse papers when possible for scratch paper.

6.  Recycle office paper.

7.  Recycle aluminum cans.  Provide a recycling bin for all activities on church grounds.

8.  Incorporate native plants into our landscape.

9.  Incorporate environmental stewardship content in our worship services, sermons, and written materials.

10.  Publicize our “green” campaigns and practices.




Order: Call 262-6911

Why use canvas shopping bags?

About 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the U.S each year.  Worldwide an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year.  That more than 1 million per minute. Plastic bags are a product of crude oil, natural gas, or petrochemical derivatives. and 12 million barrels of oil are necessary to make that many plastic

Plastic never re-enters the natural cycle of the ecosystem.

Plastic is not biodegradable.

Plastic can be down-cycled into other products (usually only once), but it is not really recyclable.

86% of ocean debris is plastic.

Costs of plastic bag use to society:

  •  depletion of finite natural resources
  •  pollution from the production, transportation, & incineration of plastic
  •  litter on the roadsides
  •  creation of landfill waste
  •  clogging of sewage/drainage systems
  •  pollution of the ocean and shorelines
  •  deaths of 100,000+ sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals each year
  •  deaths of million of birds each year

Costs of paper bags:

  • millions of trees each year
  • virgin timber (for strength)
  • greenhouse gases and water pollution

Cost of CCU shopping bags:


What we can do:

  •  Avoid plastic and paper bags, and so save oil, water, energy, sea birds and mammals, and reduce litter and pollution
  •  Use cloth shopping bags
  •  Say “no need” to clerks when they start to bag smaller purchases
  •  Support CCU and the planet by using CCU Thinks Green shopping bags

img9CCU is certified by the Presbyterian Church (USA)
as an

     Earth Care Congregation

img8     CCU is a member of  
Hawaii Interfaith Power & Light  (HIPL)

Watch HIPL on youtube


    CCU is a Green Chalice Certified Congregation by the Disciples of Christ Green Chalice program.