Binghamton Congregation Spreads a 'Green' Message

By Stephanie Machado
By Jillian Marshall

January 27, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton is serious about sustainability.

The congregation on Riverside Drive held an EcoForum Sunday to spread the word about conserving fossil fuels.

"What really has to happen for the climate to be a liveable place is for at least 80-percent of the known reserves of fossil fuels to be left in the ground," said Wes Ernsberger, chairman of the Green Sanctuary Committee at the church.

Ernsberger said the goal of the forum was to convince fossil fuel companies to convert into energy companies.

The congregation holds many environmental and social forums, which Ernsberger says fits in with the Unitarian Universalist way of thinking. They even have worship services dedicated to sustainability.

The church has already shrunk its carbon footprint: It's is powered by solar panels, composts its garbage and has energy-efficient lighting. Ernsberger even used recycled poster board for Sunday's presentation.

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