All Projects and Updates

After School Care reduces single-use waste

Vancouver Talmud Torah (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Our after-school care program sent an email home asking parents to send a reusable cup and bowl or plate with their child for shared snacks from communal packages or platters. This reduces singular packaged food items and plateware waste. It has been well received by the community.

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Near Zero Waste Staff Meetings

Vancouver Talmud Torah (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Prior to the monthly staff meeting, an email is sent out with a reminder of the meeting and for all staff to bring their own reusable cup, plate and cutlery if they would like to partake in snacks provided. Snacks are vegan and kosher, and offered on platters (not individually packaged).
Need to remind office staff not to put out single use items or napkins so that they are not used and wasted.

Last year, staff were gifted reusable cutlery sets.

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Camp Kennedy Phase One

The Fresh Air Society (Ortonville, Michigan)

Project Description

In the first phase of funding for Camp Kennedy in the Upper Peninsula, we will be purchasing a bear proof composting bin, and reusable plastic bags for backcountry trips. This will enable us to compost our food scraps, and reduce our single use plastic.

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Departmental Environmental Impact Audits

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

We have representatives from each department on our green team and each department will be conducting an audit of their operations. The departments are Campaigns, Accounting, IT, Events, Foundations, Executive , Office
Local Community Engagement, Israel Community Engagement, JWest Building Team, and Marketing.

Some changes that have been made so far are: campaigns switching from paper to virtual thank you, switching to default electronic tax receipts, using to vegan, kosher caterers when available, and defaulting to dairy meals otherwise

Each department that has event will have their own sustainability checklist.

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Office Green

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

We are progressiving reducing the environmental impact of our office space. We recently just started collecting compost, which is now being sent to the JCC’s compost system.

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Green Fund for Hillel Knesset

Hillel Day School (Farmington Hills, Michigan)

Project Description

The Hillel Knesset will be comprised of a group of 15 students from grades 3-8. The Knesset will identify areas that they would like to strengthen within the school community. They will be focusing on Hillel’s Core Values, which include Tikkun Olam (and other Jewish values). Within this focus, students will identify ways that the Hillel community can become a more green and environmentally aware community. They will discuss and propose initiatives to pursue within the school and beyond. Ultimately, they will choose an initiative that aligns with this core value to enact this school year.

The Green Fund (funding by this mini-grant) would allow these students to have the resources necessary to implement their initiative. Examples of initiatives might include:inviting a speaker to educate students and staff on environmental issues, improving our waste and recycling system, sponsoring a school-wide audit to identify areas of improvement, sponsoring an environmental program in the school, or other green initiatives that the students are passionate about.

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Greening the Negev

Adat Shalom Synagogue (Farmington Hills, Michigan)

Project Description

As a component of our immersive Israel playscape (grant through Hermelin-Davidson), we are building out a full size greenhouse and using drip irrigation and other conservation methods to teach about bringing greenery and food production to the Negev desert. Right now we are in the planning and development phases, and would like to use the funding to develop the curriculum and purchase supplies for this part of the project. However, due to such things as permits and board approvals along the way, it will likely not be functional until early next year.

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Reducing Food Waste

Hillel of Metro Detroit (Detroit, Michigan)

Project Description

Hillel of Metro Detroit will purchase eco-friendly to-go containers so students can take home leftovers after a program. If there is still leftovers, the food will be packaged and put into a community fridge.

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Replace lighting with LED lighting

Beth Israel – The West Temple (Cleveland, Ohio)

Project Description

Replace all incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

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Replace single pane windows in sanctuary lobby

Beth Israel – The West Temple (Cleveland, Ohio)

Project Description

Given limited funds, replace the single pane windows in the main sanctuary lobby with more insulative glass block.

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Food Waste awareness campaign

Congregation Beth Ahm (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

The GT will be hosting a variety of educational and participatory events over a 2-3 month span of time focusing on food waste awareness. Potential topics include composting with a trial, food preservation hands-on presentation, educational topics of interest via email/video. Plan to present and complete in Fall of 2022.

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Compost

Habonim Dror Camp Miriam Society (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Compost at Camp Miriam has existed sporadically over several years, but there has never been a consistent system in place. At this stage, our goal is not to produce compost that is usable for gardening, but simply to divert food waste from the landfill and create a place on camp property where it can decompose. We already have wooden compost pens in a remote location on camp property, as well as black plastic compost bins. We need to clear overgrown bushes around the pens and find lids for the bins, as well as purchasing decomposable bags and create clear messaging to be implemented in the kitchen and dining hall.

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August 14, 2022:

The compost site has been improved with wire mesh and wood planks in the front of the pens, and the black bins have been lined up to create additional space. We are in the process of finding collection bins to use in the kitchen, and we will soon talk to kitchen staff about collecting food waste at meals.

August 27, 2022:

As of the end of summer 2022, the compost site is ready for food waste to be added next year. summer. As seen in the photos, there is now wire mesh and wooden planks on the front of the pens, and the black bins can provide additional compost space either inside or outside the pens. During the last four days of camp, I experimented by collecting food waste from the dining hall and adding it to one of the black bins. The compost will now be unattended until the beginning of next summer, so adjustments to the system may be made according to the state of the compost site at that time.

Our goals for the compost in 2023 are as follows:
– Provide containers to collect food waste in the kitchen and dining hall
– Communicate with kitchen leadership to understand the needs of
kitchen staff and the viability of collecting food waste in the kitchen
– Create messaging to be delivered to all staff and campers in the dining –
hall so everyone understands what can and cannot be composted and
how the collection process works
– Devise a system for transporting the food waste to the compost site (my
experiment involved carrying it up by hand, but this is not sustainable) –
this could likely be accomplished by adding to existing garbage runs in
our pickup truck, or instituting new ‘compost runs’ a few times per week
– Monitor the success of the compost and see if it needs additional
turning, cardboard, etc.

Eliminate single use plastic water bottles

Congregation Beth Ahm (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

CBAHM will be purchasing non-disposable beverage bottles for congregants. Upon receipt of the bottle, participants agree not to purchase single use water bottles. The goal is to make congregants aware of the problem with single use plastics to their health and the environment, and to encourage congregants to make changes in their homes.

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Pollinator event

Congregation Beth Ahm (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

July 10th, 2022, a family pollinator event was held outdoors under the shelter of CBAHM’s tent. Honey tasting, plant exchange, butterfly bath and seed bombs ( take-homes) and pollinator information.

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Dor Hadash Detroit Sukkah

Dor Hadash (Detroit, Michigan)

Project Description

We will be building a community sukkah for Dor Hadash families. We will be using local materials for the sukkah structure, decorations, and for a lulav and etrog. We will also be tasting locally grown fruits and vegetables in our sukkot celebration. This will be a great way to observe the holiday and also explore and support our local food ecosystem in an interactive and delicious way. It would be great if we can get our food from a Detroit farm and have a farmer there to share information about the produce, the farming process, and what it’s like to grow food in Detroit.

The sukkah will be designed and built by a group of parent volunteers on the property of one of our parent/educators. The kids in our program will use gourds and other things from the farmer’s market, as well as utilize recycled/upcycled materials for festive decorations. This will provide a great opportunity to talk about and practice sustainability in a creative way. We will have a program on October 9 to teach about the holiday. During Sukkot, it will be open for members of Dor Hadash and guests to strengthen our community, Jewish identity, and connection to the environment as we gather, eat, and celebrate together.

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Mulching the Genesis Garden

Yad Ezra (berkley, Michigan)

Project Description

We need to mulch the gardens and paths of our Genesis garden that is in partnership with Our Lady of La Salette Church. This will decrease our water usage, help limit the amount of weeds that grow and have to be dealt with, and also help the accessibility of our gardens and the ease of knowing where to walk and locations of pathways.

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Crayon Recycling/Native plants for the outdoor areas

Congregation Shir Tikvah (Troy, Michigan)

Project Description

Did you know that crayons are a petroleum product that takes many years to biodegrade? More than 12 million crayons are manufactured each day? Just think for a moment, “How many dumpsters does that fill?” And how many extra or broken crayons are laying around your house that you don’t need and are looking for a responsible way to dispose of them?
We’re recycling unwanted, rejected broken crayons into new crayons, keeping thousands of pounds out of the landfills and back into the creative hands of children. We will use funds to cover the cost of shipping!

We also plan to acquire some native plants for the outdoor area.

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Outpost Village at Camp

Jewish Community Center of Chicago (Northbrook, Illinois)

Project Description

Camp Chi has built an Outpost Village that focuses on outdoor living, cooking and the natural environment. Campers learned to cook over the open fire, how to reduce waste and also learned about how to best conserve energy through the yurt design.

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Gardening at Day Camp and Early Childhood with inclusion

Jewish Community Center of Chicago (Northbrook, Illinois)

Project Description

JCC rebuilt it’s current garden at our Z Frank Apachi Day Camp in Northbrook, IL. This was done in partnership with Yachad, which serves adults with disabilities. The garden has been rebuilt and will be tended to year round from the early childhood program, camp program and young adults. The teaching from preparing the ground, planting and harvesting will benefit all of the groups and community at large.

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First Response to Energy Audit

Beth Israel Congregation (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Project Description

The purpose of this application is to request funds to pay for selected energy efficiency projects at Beth Israel Congregation (BIC), located in Ann Arbor Michigan. With the assistance of Hazon, we have successfully completed a professional energy audit at the main synagogue located at 2000 Washtenaw, and at our school annex and meeting area located at 2010 Washtenaw. The audit was an “ASHRE Level II Audit” offered by the Ann Arbor 2030 District. In 2021, BIC joined the Ann Arbor 2030 District as well as an affiliated subgroup consisting of houses of worship (HoW). The goal of the Ann Arbor 2030 District and the HoW subgroup is to improve energy efficiency and environmentally friendly practices across commercial buildings and HoW, with a goal of reaching a targeted bench mark by 2030. The audit was paid for by a $2,500 grant from the Ann Arbor 2030 District, $1,000 grant from Hazon awarded in 2021, and $300 from BIC.

The “Green Team” at BIC would like to respond to the audit by completing a short list of recommended retrofits chosen from the audit, targeted at the 2000 Washtenaw building. As shown in the Table below, we have listed five projects consisting mostly of replacement of light fixtures with LED lighting as well as occupancy sensors for selected area of the building. The Table also provides details on the cost of each project, the savings per year in dollars and energy, and estimated time period for payback of our costs (in years). The total costs of the projects would be $991 which would result in a savings of $349 per year, which would subsequently pay for itself in a 2.8-year period and generate continued savings moving forward. These dollar savings result from a saving of 2,917 kWh of electricity per year. We anticipate that the completed projects will jump start our efforts to reach the Ann Arbor 2030 District goal of 50% reduction in energy use by 2030, and, more broadly, inspire Beth Israel Congregation to undertake more ambitious projects to operate sustainably and contribute to the decarbonization of the global energy system (Table in separate document)

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