All 2020 Projects

Compost and Recycling Program

Ramah in the Rockies

Project Description

Continuing to improve systems for waste at Ramah in regards to food waste and more efficent/effective recyling systems.

New Health Center

Ramah in the Rockies

Project Description

Building a new energy efficient, green building for our health center.

Project Complete!

CSU Hillel Ram Kibbutz

Colorado State University Hillel

Project Description

Our mission is to foster and showcase urban farming techniques with the joy of a collaborative, supportive and sustainable community, infused with the wisdom of Tikun Olam values and a deep love and compassion for our earth.

Established in the Summer of 2020, this Pandemic Project started with the need to re-home three adorable, Plymouth Rock, soon to be homeless chickens (currently named, Bestie, Cupcake and Chester – we are working on a fundraiser and program to give them Hebrew names). CSU Hillel spent the summer rehabbing the chicken coop in the back of the Hillel house and setting up a loving home for our newly adopted chickens!
With the inspiration from our newest CSU Hillel Members (the chickens!), the vision and dream of our CSU Hillel Ram Kibbutz came to life.

Increasing Community Involvement in the Green Effort

Susan Abramowitz

Project Description

The initial goal was to work with the T&V Hebrew School to increase youth interest in involvement in the Green Task Force.

Increase Vegan Options at Kiddush

Susan Abramowitz

Project Description

The goal was to increase the number of vegetarian and vegan only Shabbat Kiddushim

Project Complete!

T&V Synagogue Green Project

Susan Abramowitz

Project Description

Where are we as a community? This is a new project. A Green Survey was conducted to assess what T&V households are doing in terms of sustainable activities in their home, preferences for more sustainable Kiddushim, and preferences for learning opportunities related to sustainability.

Project Complete!

TreesforlifeIRC

Temple Beth Shalom

Project Description

We are part of a project to plant 100000 new trees in our county in the next 10 years.

Vegan/Vegetarian Interfaith Holiday Cookbook

Mark Lipsy

Project Description

Congregation Agudath Israel’s Environmental Committee is working with CAI’s Interfaith Committee to produce a holiday cookbook containing only vegan and vegetarian recipes. Several local non-Jewish houses of worship are participating in developing this book.

Vegan/Vegetarian Interfaith Holiday Cookbook

Mark Lipsy

Project Description

Congregation Agudath Israel’s Environmental Committee is working with CAI’s Interfaith Committee to produce a holiday cookbook containing only vegan and vegetarian recipes. Several local non-Jewish houses of worship are participating in developing this book.

A Different Kind of Heroism: Combating Climate Change by What We Eat

Mark Lipsy

Project Description

Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of three award-winning and best-selling novels and several non-fiction book, spoke at a virtual gathering. The St. Aloysius Green Team of Caldwell co-sponsored the event. Congregation Agudath Israel applied $500 of its Mini-Food Grant from Hazon to pay Mr. Foer. The topic of the seminar was tying food choices to their impacts on the world’s climate.

Project Complete!

End Poverty Now

Mark Lipsy

Project Description

John Craig, CAI member, spoke about End Poverty Now, a no-for-profit organization for which he is executive director. The organization is focused on the Sahel, specifically Niger. It organizes farmers into cooperatives to improve farming practices, and make them more sustainable. It encourages the use of advanced irrigation, using solar panels as energy sources, and integrated pest management, which includes minimizing the use of pesticides.

Project Complete!

Lawn to Garden at Beth Israel

The Center for Small Town Jewish Life Colby College

Project Description

This spring, we worked with the board at Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville to install, fill, and plant two large raised beds on the property—converting the lawn behind the patio into a vegetable garden.

Our rabbi took produce with her on pastoral visits throughout the summer, and community members were encouraged to come help themselves to produce as well. The beds offered the community a tangible touchpoint for our community during a season when so much of our Jewish lives are taking place virtually. It also felt good to repurpose the lawn into a productive garden

We planted cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, nasturtium, eggplant, and cucumbers. We planted lots of herbs and made little fresh besamim bundles for folks to use during Havdalah throughout the season. The opportunity to say “borei peri ha’adamah” over food grown on the synagogue’s ground was very meaningful.

The Beth Israel patio is very exposed to Main street, so in addition to the raised beds we also planted four native elderberry bushes that we hope will grow and provide privacy from the street.

We are eager to plant again next year, and I am so proud of this addition to the synagogue property.

Project Complete!

Earth Day

Mark Lipsy

Project Description

CAI provided a virtual celebration of Earth Day on April 23, 2020. Co-sponsoring the event were the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, Fountain Magazine, the Caldwell and Essex County Environmental Commissions, and the Peace Islands Initiative. Speakers included Rabbi Ari Lucas of Congregation Agudath Israel, Sister Honora Werner, O.P. of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, and Ann Marchioni, Executive Director of the Caldwell Environmental Commission. The attendees viewed a video, entitled “A Plastic Ocean.”

Project Complete!

Tu B’Shevat Sedar

Mark Lipsy

Project Description

On February 9, 2020, 28 people gathered at Congregation Agudath Israel to celebrate the first annual Tu B’Shevat sedar. Our rabbi and a congregational rabbi gave D’var Torahs. The service was conducted using a Hagaddah developed by our committee. The meal was vegetarian, with the ingredients specially selected for their environmental importance and with considerations for sustainability.

Project Complete!

COVID-19 Projects

Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation

Project Description

— Immediately before our shul shut down, we organized mishloach manot bags to be distributed to (200) shul members, containing exclusively items sourced from local companies. Bags were also made from recycled materials.
— Nine Days Plant-Based Challenge: Members of our shul posted recipe ideas on social media leading up to Tisha B’Av, offering inspiration for plant-based dishes (totaling 14 posts, 136 comments, 488 likes), and inspiring another shul to launch a similar project!
— JEA letter-writing campaign: ASBI Green Team Members submitted letters in August, September, and October.
— A member of our Green Team met with our Members of Congress along with other Hazon Seal Chicago sites.
— Members of our Green Team sprouted etrog seeds and are growing plants at home, while sharing progress via social media.
— Began sharing monthly “greening tips” in our shul’s bulletin in December 2020.
— Our Green Team developed a community survey to assess shul members’ interests/needs around sustainability initiatives (plan to conduct survey in 2021).
— JEA speaker: Hody Nemes (JEA Steering Committee Member) is scheduled to speak via Zoom on 12/21.

Project Complete!