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Highlands United Growing Greener

How can a church respond to the climate crisis? How can we live with respect in creation? How can we do our part in creating the world we want for our children and grandchildren?

The Highlands United Growing Greener (HUGG) group is trying to answer those big questions, one step at a time.

  • We seek to encourage and facilitate environmental and climate change awareness and responsibility among our congregation and the local community.
  • We strive to provide the congregation and community with opportunities for dialogue and education about reducing our carbon footprint. 
  • We challenge each other to take concrete actions within the church and encourage the congregation and community by example.

Since 2015, HUGG has established recycling stations with clear signage, moved away from single-use plastic items, and educated Highlands people and those who rent space at Highlands about responsible use and disposal of resources.

We encouraged Give It Up for the Earth during Lent, where people pledged to make a lifestyle change to help the environment. We developed the first environmental policy to guide the church. We also host guest speakers, workshops, and other activities to support environmental stewardship.

If you’d like to get involved in HUGG, please contact Colleen Blair.