All Projects and Updates

Water fountain and bottle refiller

Temple Kol Ami (West Bloomfield Township, Michigan)

Project Description

Purchase a bottle filler and ADA compliant fountain to replace the old water fountain.
Exact model – https://www.berls.com/elkay-lzs8wslk

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Programmable Thermostats

Congregation B’nai Moshe (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

Based on the success of installing a programmable thermostat in our school wing we have followed that up by installing 5 additional programmable thermostats in our sanctuary and social hall.
Being that these are the 2 largest spaces in our building with minimal use, we should see a profound decrease in energy usage.

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Recycling and compost in the community centre

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Move from singular trash cans to waste sorting systems in most spaces in the building. Add compost bins to all kitchen areas and recycling in any office spaces that are missing these.

Updates

March 2, 2023:

We’ve been able to add compost bins in each kitchen area and recycling bins in each office area. The majority of public spaces now have waste sorting systems. Our users/ members have been caught on quickly and are using the sorting systems with ease.

Vermicomposting

Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Create a sustainable worm habitat in order to compost/ recycle and produce worm castings for fertilizer to then be used in our garden beds. All this work will be done in our ECE space with the children as opportunity for learning.

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New Waste Sorting Stations

Vancouver Talmud Torah (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

We are working towards having Waste Sorting Systems available throughout our buildings for Compost (green), Mixed Plastic/Metal/Glass (blue), Paper (grey) and Black (for trash). Our Green Club students are performing a waste audit to count how many garbage cans, recycling bins and compost bins are currently in our buildings and classrooms. By September 2023, we will have grey and green bins (paper recycling & compost) in every classroom and office. Compost in bathrooms for paper towel. Sorting Stations (blue, green, grey and black) throughout the hallways of our building. We have contacted Busch Systems for a quote, and hope to host a fundraiser for this initiative.

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Weather Stripping Exterior Doors

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Project Description

This project would install weather stripping materials on five exterior doors at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building, which serves as the HQ for the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. Affected doors include the primary visitor entrance, primary staff entrance and kitchen deliveries entrance, all of which have measurable gaps around their doors. Installation of weather stripping would plug these gaps, leading to significant energy conservation for the HVAC system.

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Programmable Thermostat

Congregation B’nai Moshe (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

We changed the individual thermostats in our school wing to one programmable thermostat that controls all 10 rooms in th wing.

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Local Food Security

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

We created box gardens on our property that are cared for by the Religious School and members of the community to bring about education about carbon imprint, food sustainability and more. The produce and herbs are used in meals that are disseminated throughout the community to those in need for a variety of reasons.
This year we also encouraged individuals to adopt plants that they would commit to bringing in the harvest to add to our food security initiatives. We also raised and have continued to care for trees in our cemetery and will be planting fruit trees soon on our property that are being strengthened. The goals of this initiative relate to food education, creating green spaces, natural cooling systems, and incorporating “food” into our landscaping.

Updates

Greening Tashlich

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

For Tashlich, we included some key environmental themes. We provided an educational component related to sustainability and damage caused by bread crumbs when feed to wildlife and modified our practices in order to be more sustainable in the religious service. We also touched on a program we plan to expand for next year – the reverse tashlich. This is where we conduct a beach cleanup as part of the service.

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Tu B’Shvat Programming

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

Tu B’shvat naturally brings themes of environmental awareness to the forefront. Our community dinner focused on themes of stewardship, planting for future generations, and being mindful, if not in awe, of natural cycles of the earth. These ideas were furthered by creating an opportunity for children to be showcased in front of the community and following it with a screening of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.

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Integration of Environmental Themes into existing programs

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

Beth Tikvah has integrated environmental themes into the regular service, by having several environmental professionals provide sermons on their areas of expertise. This includes sermons from Stewart Cohen, a retired Environment Canada Climate Specialist.

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Recycling and composting program

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

3. We have conducted a complete revamp and reimplementation of the recycling and composting programs in place. This includes more accessible bin placement, but more significantly an active education program to ensure wastes are being properly directed. This had resulted in a significant reduction of waste going to landfill, which is now being diverted to composting or recycling facilities. We have also obtained additional recycling bins to spread around the building to encourage recycling as opposed to throwing everything in the trash.

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Energy Audit

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

Hazon committee has conducted a preliminary review of energy systems and sought the advice of a professional energy auditor with regards to options for improving the buildings systems.
Based on the feedback, priorities have been set, and follow-up will occur when the right time to upgrade energy systems occurs.

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Install Professional Environmental Leadership in All Programs

Beth Tikvah Synagogue (Richmond, British Columbia)

Project Description

1. A Qualified Environmental Professional (certified through Eco-Canada, along with several other regulated professional bodies) has been appointed to the Board of Directors as the House Chairman. From this position, this qualified individual focus on reviewing building systems and operations such that energy efficiency and sustainability are continually being further integrated into the building.
Further this individual has been recently added to the Executive Committee, which will allow them to provide this guidance on larger strategic plans, including developing mid-term plans that may include major changes to the site or building in the form of renovations.

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Building energy Audit

Congregation Schara Tzedeck (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

The team will gather information on the shuls main energy usages, look into what building improvements have been made in the past, and make suggestions about ways to lower the carbon footprint of the shul.

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Continuing Greening the Office/Piloting a Greening of a JARC home

JARC (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Project Description

We have had much success with our greening of the office project in investing in Compostable products such as plates, bowls, cups, napkins, and utensils. We will also be looking into other products we could switch out, like pens.

We will be facilitating a pilot greening program with one of our JARC homes. We will work with Hazon to come up with a plan on how to do that effectively, and have a representative from Hazon to meet persons served and staff at the home and present the information.

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KDHS Green Club

King David High School (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Facilitating weekly meetings with students who choose to be part of the King David Green Club.
We discuss issues around the school, and try to take action to make changes.

Updates

February 22, 2023:

– provided opportunities and space for students in all grades to bring up sustainability issues and concerns that matter to them, and to try to find ways to address these concerns
– created new signage for garbage / compost / recycling, and filmed an educational video to be shown school-wide
– some students sat down with admin to express their concerns and ideas

Beth El Building Energy Conservation

Beth El Temple Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

Project Description

Based on an overall facility assessment, the following projects were undertaken:
 Replace weatherstripping at doors; replace doors that had deteriorated with well-sealed and insulated doors. This effort is continuing through 2023.
 Replace caulking sealant at windows. Completed December 2022.
 Replace some existing windows with thermal windows. Ongoing.
 Repair mortar at existing stone cladding to restore the building exterior membrane. Completed October 2022.
 Replace all bulbs in existing light fixtures with LED lights. Completed December 2022.
 Repair existing deteriorated EIFS to restore insulation and the building exterior membrane. In process, to be completed by March 2023.
Note that we studied adding a solar array to the roof to provide most or all energy needs. This was found to have an unsatisfactory payback for a facility this size with such intermittent use. This will be revisited when roof replacement is next required.

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Beth El Temple Gardens

Beth El Temple Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

Project Description

The project began with the development of a site masterplan by a volunteer landscape architect to identify how to create a more sustainable site. This included:
 Creation of rain gardens to handle stormwater runoff from parking lots and some existing roof downspouts. These will be developed as the site improvement are made.
 Replacement of parking lot with pervious paving. This will occur as paving requires significant repair or replacement, not likely for another 5+ years.
 Creating a loop path to several gardens and outside “rooms” for meetings, worship, conversation, or just to enjoy the view of the Susquehanna River. These will be created over the next five years as finds become available.
 Remove and replace non-indigenous shrubbery and other landscape. This effort is nearly complete.
 Connect with the nearby bike trail by providing bike racks. Racks are to be installed Spring 2023.
 Create gardens for growing vegetables and herbs for the synagogue kitchen, and to encourage pollination. In 2022, the gardens were planted, and the results were used in the kitchen. Excess was given to a food bank. Based on lessons learned, expanded gardens are now in planning for 2023.
The congregational members were educated about what and why we were doing this, and encouraged to introduce these practices at home.

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Beth El Sustainable Dining

Beth El Temple Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

Project Description

As the congregation was again able to gather for Shabbat kiddush luncheons and other food-related events, the Green Team and kitchen staff instituted the following changes:
 Use of compostable paper goods for eating, minimizing long term landfill.
 Providing compostable containers to allow leftover food to be taken to those unable to attend and others, minimizing food waste as well as supporting infirm congregational members.
 Seek to source food locally (including from our on-site gardens).
 Added recycling containers around the building and implemented separate disposal of recyclable materials, including in the social hall where dining occurs.
The congregational members were educated about what and why we were doing this, and encouraged to introduce these practices at home.

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