Leadership, Education, and Community Assessment Results

Thank you for completing the Hazon Seal Leadership, Education, and Community Assessment!

The suggestions below are based on your responses to the assessment, and are designed to get you thinking about what sort of projects your organization should consider to improve its sustainability impact. You are not required to take on all or even any of the suggestions offered.

Recommendations based on assessment taken July 4, 2022

  • We recommend creating a formal environmental policy to keep environmental concerns at the forefront of organizational decision-making. This policy also symbolizes your organization’s leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship.
  • We recommend assigning and empowering someone to ensure the environmental policy is implemented as intended. This adds a layer of accountability that is not present when the policy is left up to each member of the organization to interpret and carry out.
  • How individuals and organizations invest their funds can be a powerful source for systemic change. You can learn more about ESG through organizations such as JLENS or Green America.
  • Environmental and climate issues disproportionately impact people of color and low-income communities. Identify organizations in your region that work on environmental justice issues. If exclusively environmental justice focused groups do not exist in your region, consider social service or public health/welfare groups that advocate for a healthy environment for low income or minority groups. Reach out to leaders of these organizations to learn how to be allies on the environmental and climate justice issues that they focus on.
  • Create advocacy opportunities for just environmental and climate policy at the local, state, or federal level – take a look at this Climate Advocacy Toolkit to get started. Connect with organizations like Jewish Earth Alliance, Dayenu, and your local Interfaith Power and Light chapter; they regularly share updates on critical policy issues and opportunities to take action on them.
  • Suggest and organize alternatives to private vehicle transportation to your events, like carpooling or bike sharing. Providing transportation alternatives increases access to your events to a broader community of people, reduces the amount of fossil fuels consumed, and builds community amongst your constituents. Read the Carpooling and Alternative Transportation Toolkit to get started.
  • Providing public transportation options both reduces GHGs and makes your events more accessible. Events that are inaccessible by public transportation disproportionately exclude people of color and people from low-income communities from attending. Clearly explain travel options to your event in your pre-event communications so no one gets left out. Also, consider choosing venues that are located near public transportation routes.
  • Travel accounts for between one-fifth and one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and different methods of travel are by no means equal. Public transportation, or even simply carpooling, produces a fraction of the emissions of taking an airplane. When high-carbon transportation means are unavoidable, we recommend purchasing carbon offsets to help ameliorate the effects (see our Carbon Offsets toolkit for more information). See our Sustainable Travel Toolkit for more information and guidance on forming an organizational travel policy.
  • Providing preferential parking for climate-friendly transportation modes encourages your community to use it and makes these options more publicly visible. Reserved spots of this nature can help remind everyone that our transportation choices have very real consequences for the climate and rewards those who make more climate-friendly choices.