All 2020 Projects

Beyond Tu Bishvat: Environmental Justice

Congregation Bnai Jeshurun

Project Description

We spent 3 months planning an amazing event that we hosted on Tu Bishvat, January 28, 2021, as part of the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest. The BJ Teen Executive Board, with support from staff, moderated the whole evening. The program description is below and there is a recording of the program on our YouTube Channel:

This Tu Bishvat, we are expanding our understanding of what it means to be stewards of the earth to include how our actions disproportionately impact oppressed communities. Building on the work of the BJ Environmental Advocates and the BJ Teen Executive Board Tzedek (Social Justice) Project, join us for a night to deepen our understanding of why equity and justice are important for the environmental movement.

Our program will follow the themes and rituals around the four cups of wine of the Tu Bishvat seder. Through moments of intention setting and hearing from our panelists who are deeply engaged in this work, we will bring participants along a journey from internal reflection on how we can have an impact to thinking about our collective community power for change.

Panelists: Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein, Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor at The Jewish Federations of North America; Carlos Garcia, Energy Planner at NYC-EJA; Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice

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Waste Reduction Project

Alix Kivlin

Project Description

We had agreed to make intentional purchasing decisions for all products paid for by the school.

Waste Reduction of single-use products

The University of Denver Hillel

Project Description

This goal surrounded the reduction of styrofoam and plastic on site.

Better Food Consumption

The University of Denver Hillel

Project Description

The goal included reducing meat in our meals by 25-50% (meatless meals 1-2 x/month) and purchasing higher quality Kosher sustainable meat, eggs and wine.

Reduction of Landfill Waste

The University of Denver Hillel

Project Description

Buying proper bins and creating signage in our buildings.

Waste Reduction for Staff Snacks

Boulder JCC

Project Description

Trade out single-use snack bags to bulk snacks in the staff snack shack.

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Build Demonstration Composters

Boulder JCC

Project Description

Install in-place composters for the campsite and Milk and Honey Farm so that we can demonstrate compost in a direct way

Better Waste Bin Useage

Boulder JCC

Project Description

Create better signage for our 3-bin containers so people understand where to toss their waste

Work with the program team and the volunteer coordinator to develop a job description for both small and large events for a volunteer to stand at bins to help people throw their trash away correctly

Waste Programs at the JCC

Boulder JCC

Project Description

Create and offer three programs during the year that focus on waste and personal/community consumption.

Greening Burials

Karen Stewart

Project Description

Implemented green burial practices at JCOGS cemetery.

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Recycling

Karen Stewart

Project Description

Implemented recycling of waste.

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Sustainable Food

Karen Stewart

Project Description

Implemented sustainable food practices.

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Social Media Intern

Hillel Metro-Detroit

Project Description

Hillel of Metro Detroit has hired an intern for social media. The intern will be responsible to inform students and followers about sustainability by posting educational content including facts about energy and water usage, food gardening and compost, and waste.

Eco Shabbat

Hillel Metro-Detroit

Project Description

Students came together to talk about eco-friendly practices while eating a vegetarian Shabbat dinner.

HMD Sustainability Events

Hillel Metro-Detroit

Project Description

Students volunteered with Keep Growing Detroit to sort seeds for urban gardens in Detroit. They learned about the gardens in Detroit, who they feed, and why they are important fresh food sources to the community.

Thrive: Program Description

Pearlstone Center

Project Description

Thrive Weekend Resilience Workshop at Pearlstone Pearlstone is thrilled to launch this program. This will be an immersive learning experience that empowers adults with the knowledge, hands-on skills, Jewish and earth-based wisdom, and connections they need to be more resilient, enabling more sustainable choices and actions related to food, water, energy, community action, and spirit.

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Sustainable Gardening

Pearlstone Center

Project Description

Created 10 home gardening videos and other resources for our community.

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Emergency Food Response

Pearlstone Center

Project Description

Grew, harvested and contributed more than 6,000 pounds of organic produce to Baltimore County’s emergency efforts.

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Green Shabbat

uchicagohillel

Project Description

Green Shabbat led by student leader, used Hazon Shabbat siddur, informative program that wove sustainability, food justice, and Jewish values together.

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Newsletter Communications

elizabeth himeles

Project Description

HR began sending out a weekly newsletter to all US-Based Staff this year. As the newsletter evolved, JDC Green found space to submit items for inclusion to educate and engage staff in sustainability.