Health & Sustainability: Well-being

The Rosenthal Jewish Community Center in Westchester, New York, reserved parking spots for low-emission vehicles with permanent signs.

A happy staff and organization is a sustainable staff. This requires addressing individual needs like wheelchair accessibility and broader needs like mental health by setting certain times with a "no email" policy. Physical space and lighting can really affect mood, so small changes can go a long way. Increase natural light and encourage employees to take activities outdoors.

Physical activity will improve the sustainability of your community in more ways than one. For example, bicycling is physically healthy, improves street safety, and can reduce auto miles traveled, reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change. Additionally, exercise promotes wellness and boosts moods. Activities like these also tend to foster a feeling of community that is valuable in any organization.

Transportation has a significant environmental impact because most vehicles run on fossil fuels and release a variety of toxic fumes. For these reasons, transportation is a huge contributor to climate change and has negative impacts on public health. Commuting can vary based on individual needs and abilities, but thankfully there are many sustainable options. Biking and public transportation can be incentivized with subsidized transit passes, bike racks and showers, and bike-(or subway)-to-work days. Public transportation reduces a region’s carbon footprint, reduces traffic congestion, improves livability, and strengthens community.

For those who must drive, encourage them to carpool, avoid idling, and use electric or hybrid cars. The Rosenthal Jewish Community Center in Westchester, New York, reserved parking spots for low-emission vehicles with permanent signs.

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Promote Physical Activity

Encourage members to exercise
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Encourage participating in Hazon events
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Post signage encouraging occupants to take the stairs
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Install and maintain changing rooms, lockers, and showers
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Encourage employees to exercise
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Healthy Workspaces

Educate on wellness
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Improve HR policies
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Institute 'email-free' times
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Improve employee workspace physical health
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Commuting

Carpool
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Install and maintain bike racks & air pumps
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Provide preferred parking for low or zero emission vehicles
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Install electric car charging stations
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Encourage biking and public transport
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Advocate for public transport
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Advocate for bike lanes and trails
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