Project Dashboard Detail Updates

Project Complete!

December 8, 2020

Progress

See notes above.

Challenges

COVID-19 posed many challenges (we had originally planned to launch a compost program), but we were able to find creative new ideas for programs/events.

Impact

See notes above.

Project Complete!

December 6, 2020

Progress

There has been much “buzz” regarding the sedar. COVID-19 restrictions aside, we expect it to attract even more people next year.

Challenges

None

Impact

28 people attended the sedar.

Project Complete!

December 10, 2020

Progress

Two additional organizations sponsored this Earth Day event as compared with last year’s Earth Day event. The Jewish News covered the event.

Challenges

None, except for the usual problems of hosting a virtual event.

Impact

There were approximately 200 screens attending the event.

Project Complete!

December 11, 2020

Progress

We went from having no garden at Beth Israel to a robust garden that delighted community members and gave them an opportunity to physically connect with the synagogue and Jewish community despite the limitations of COVID.

Challenges

I think one of the elderbushes may have died, so we’ll see if it comes back in the spring. Otherwise we’ll need to replace it. Not a huge deal.

Impact

Project Complete!

December 13, 2020

Progress

Not applicable

Challenges

None

Impact

Over 100 screens attended this virtual meeting.

Project Complete!

December 13, 2020

Progress

Not applicable

Challenges

None

Impact

198 screens attended this event. Many more were not able to get in.

Update

December 13, 2020

Progress

CAI was able to get several organizations to commit to and work on this project.

Challenges

The logistics of coordinating with other organizations, especially due to the challenges associated with COVID-19.

Impact

Update

December 15, 2020

Progress

We have partnered with one community organization to generate fruit trees that can be given out in the community. We have identified a few locations to do mass tree plantings.

Challenges

There is a breakdown of leadership for bringing the community effort together. There are not enough trees being germinated or propogated to even get close to the goal. We are trying to identify other community partners that can help increase the number of trees we can have to get planted.

Impact

We have seen a few dozen trees planted and engaged 6 groups for this program

Project Complete!

December 16, 2020

Progress

Seventy-nine people responded, almost three-quarters (73.1%) of whom were 55 years or older, an over representation of this age group which constitutes about half of T&V’s membership.

Challenges

The survey was administered through survey monkey. To improve the response rate, a follow-up survey followed the initial survey by about four weeks.

Impact

Respondents agreed/strongly agreed that:
Environmental sustainability is important to them personally (92%); T&V should be involved in promoting environmental sustainability (82%);
They try to reduce the amount of meat they eat (70%); Participating in a composting program at home is important to them (61%); Upgrading T&V’s building to meet environmental sustainability standards is important to them (58%). Acting on their beliefs was not as easy. While most respondents reported articipating in a CSA (91%) or in community organization sustainability events (like JTree, JCan, JVeg) (82%), fewer than half shopped in green markets (48%) or used sustainable cleaning materials in their homes (42%). The full report is attached.

Project Complete!

December 16, 2020

Progress

We sponsored two Green Kiddushim, one that served vegetarian and one that was totally vegan. Members of the Green Team prepared such foods as apple crisp, apple squash soup, corn and bean salad, vegan cake and challah, and order a vegetarian/vegan cholnt and chile from the caterer. Jodi Graber from JVeg spoke about the benefits of a vegetarian diet after one of these Kiddushim and on a panel with physicians on the same topic in November 2020.

Challenges

It is unlikely that there is community support for moving to all vegetarian or vegan kiddushim. Given that, the goal going forward would be to increase vegetarian/vegan options at Kiddush.

Impact

The Green survey found a congregational split with respect to vegetarian/vegan kiddushim, with half supporting having them and half who didn’t think we should have them at all over very little.

Update

December 16, 2020

Progress

The Green Committee expanded its initial membership, with many of the original members replaced by an active cohort of about 15 members including two youth from the Hebrew School. The focus on the Hebrew School Community had to take a back seat given a change in leadership in July and alterations in the curriculum in the Fall

Challenges

Now with COVID, Hebrew School Activity is online and being managed by interim leadership. The focus at T&V is on sustaining the program and developing a more modular curriculum. Once programming becomes stabilized, another effort will be made to reach out to this community.

Impact

The Committee has several very active members who have been involved in planning programming and helping with the planning and implementation of the green Shabbat.

Update

December 16, 2020

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

December 17, 2020

Progress

Over the past six months we have successfully rehomed chickens and set up a loving home, created a compost system, created a team of student volunteers and a paid internship for our Sustainability Program Lead, as well as developed a swag and a marketing campaign.
Also, this past November we were able to fundraise enough money to purchase a shed, outdoor picnic tables and to increase our paid internship opportunities.

Challenges

Our largest challenge is COVID and being able to reach out to more students.

Impact

We have 10 student volunteers and three of them are now going to be joining CSU Hillel Leadership to take on larger projects and roles within the organization.

Project Complete!

December 17, 2020

Progress

We just finished this past summer one of our last major construction projects with our new Health Center. It is a 5,500 sq ft 2 story building that will act as our Health Center over the summer and extra retreat housing during the off season. The whole building is all solar powered and we also have geothermal heating throughout. This is just the beginning of our hopes of more renewable energy sources up on our ranch.

Challenges

Impact

Update

December 17, 2020

Progress

Even with a lost summer up at camp and no programming going on we were still committed to recycling and composting. With appx 6 staff doing work on our site all summer we were still able to use our own composters at camp. We also committed to taking our recycling down to Denver as it was much cheaper than having it picked up for us. I personally took down 2-3 garbage 55 gal garbage bags worth of recycling every 2 weeks.

Challenges

Without campers, the process for composting and recycling looked very different. A current challenge is finding a place to bring excess food waste (more than can be processed by onsite composting systems), and this is a project that will continue to be tackled in 2021.

Impact

Update

December 20, 2020

Progress

1. We have conducted energy audits prior to 2020 and all possible procedures for energy efficiency are now in place.
2. Because no events are now occurring in our building due to the pandemic, we have communicated with members of the congregation via flyers and newsletters about how they can continue to recycle, eat plant-based foods, avoid food waste, and compost.
3. We have met virtually with our state and federal elected officials and successfully convinced them to support climate-appropriate legislation.

Challenges

As is the case with all congregations, the pandemic has curtailed all in person events and meetings. To overcome this, we have conducted virtual meetings for our Green Team and communicated with members via flyers and newsletters.

Impact

We participated in planning a seminar led by Rabbi Hagai Resnikoff of our Yeshiva Chovevei Torah that focused on the Halachich mandate to protect our environment and fight the climate crisis. This was viewed by hundreds of people around the country.

Update

December 22, 2020

Progress

We presented a program on climate change and the significance of trees, we have posted information to help congregants recycle, reuse and reduce, we obtained a no idling sign for the parking lot, we are planning additional projects focusing on trees and recycling.

Challenges

We were fortunate to obtain the State Climatologist and the Director of the Chicago Region Tree Initiative for our climate change program. Like everyone, with covid-19, we have had to meet via Zoom and had to present the Climate Change Program online.

Impact

More than 70 people were on the climate change program or have watched the recording.

Project Complete!

December 23, 2020

Progress

Project 2: Critical Conversations is an annual Spertus Institute program inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse. A key event in Spertus’ schedule, it brings together high-profile speakers (often with considerably different points of view) to discuss the most critical issues of the day. In 2020, Critical Conversations brought experts and activists together to discuss what needs to be done to address climate change—and why we are too immobilized to act. Moderated by bestselling author David Wallace Wells, the panel included Bill McKibben, Karenna Gore, Kevin Green, Katherine Milkman, and Mirele Goldsmith.

Challenges

Impact

Nearly 400 people joined us for Critical Conversations: Responses to Climate Change in February, 2020.

Update

December 27, 2020

Progress

We have created a Solar Working Group that is investigating TBH becoming a location for a community solar project. We are working with a local organization, Olympia Community Solar. We have made two presentations to our Board, and are continuing to explore feasibility.

Challenges

This is a project still in progress, there are a host of legal and building issues we are continuing to investigate, especially since we are planning to work with another organization.

Impact

Project Complete!

December 27, 2020

Progress

Successful–we have identified new products to take the place of the products we had been using. As we finish our existing supply, we are replacing with the green alternatives.

Challenges

No real challenges, this was a simple internal staffing shift. One minor obstacle is we have not yet bee able to find a green alternative to work with our commercial dishwasher.

Impact

Everyone who comes through the building.

Update

December 27, 2020

Progress

None, unfortunately…with COVID we stopped meeting in our building before we were able to implement. We hope to pick this up again when we begin to meet again.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 27, 2020

Progress

We hosted two major presentations this past year. One during Sukkot by a member of our Green Team who is also a Climate Reality Educator, and one in December on Shabbat, the Executive Director of Earth Ministry, a WA State interfaith environmental advocacy organization

Challenges

none

Impact

We had about 150 attendees total.

Project Complete!

December 29, 2020

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 4, 2021

Progress

We energized a team of 20 volunteers to man the compost station, and composted every week and at some events in between until the shul shut down in mid-March. Composting had become a part of kiddush culture and the community had been educated on how to divide waste appropriately.

Challenges

The project costs more than $100/ month – was not clear before shutdown how we would continue to financially sustain the operation. Obviously shutdown also paused the project.

Impact

We collected twenty 32-gallon totes of compost from kiddush for a total of 1,700 pounds of material diverted from the landfill and turned into nutrient rich soil.

Update

January 4, 2021

Progress

We secured a donor who committed 40k toward purchasing a solar installation. We worked with Sun Badger solar to draw up plans for the project and are in process of finding pro bono counsel. Shul president and Board are supportive. In process of determining correct timeline given other capital projects underway.

Challenges

Our roof is oddly shaped and with a fair amount of shade and roof in bad condition – was hard to find a company willing to work with us, and to figure out how to work with donor and line up construction against other projects. I was hoping for a bigger installation, but we have overcome these challenges for now. Still waiting to be matched with pro bono counsel but it seems to be in progress.

Impact

The plan is to install 29 x 395 watt panels, an 11.5 kW solar array, to produce 14,000–15,000 kWh / year. This will save the shul about 2k / year and will cost 40k.

Project Complete!

January 4, 2021

Progress

The event was a success! We had great turnout.

Challenges

Impact

Over 100 people heard Mirele speak over the weekend.

Project Complete!

January 4, 2021

Progress

Jonathan and Sam created and led the seder.

Challenges

Unfortunately attendance was not as high as we had hoped – 5 or 7 people benefitted.

Impact

5 or 7 people attended.

Project Complete!

January 6, 2021

Progress

We hosted the book club

Challenges

it had to be virtual, we mailed out books

Impact

12 participants

Project Complete!

January 6, 2021

Progress

Focused on food with an eye toward sustainability during the high holidayys

Challenges

virtual programming

Impact

30 rosh hashanah / honey participants / bags distributed

30 apple butter / sukkot participants

TOTAL = 60

Project Complete!

January 6, 2021

Progress

We held a large event with Hadar focused on climate change and partnered with local organizations which gave out food samples discussing how everyday actions like what food we eat impacts the planet and our responsibility as a Jewish community.

We also provided fair trade tea.

Challenges

DCVEG was mad that KOL foods was there, but all decided to work together in the end and provide samples and information.

Impact

76+ People in attendance

Project Complete!

January 6, 2021

Progress

20 participants

Challenges

virtual program

Impact

20 participants

Project Complete!

January 6, 2021

Progress

43 people registered

Challenges

virtual programming

Impact

43 people registered

Project Complete!

January 8, 2021

Progress

Students love their water bottles and this has reduced the use of plastic cups

Challenges

Sometimes students would forget their water bottle on some of those occasions we gave them another one or we used the compostable cups that we purchased instead of plastic

Impact

Update

January 8, 2021

Progress

The success of these events meant that the only waste we would have from our events with food were the potato chip bags. We were able to have many events that had zero waste

Challenges

Not many sometimes students would forget what was compostable and put items in the trash

Impact

Update

January 8, 2021

Progress

This is was a success

Challenges

Covid was the challenge because it changed our we provided food for our students.

Impact

Update

January 7, 2021

Progress

Our membership has sampled some delicious vegetarian and vegan food and we have had the opportunity to discuss the the benefits of a vegan diet for the ethical treatment of animals, the environment and our health.

Challenges

We had to go virtual, but this wasn’t all bad, because it gave some people who might not have been able to join us, the ability to attend. On the other hand, we would like to be able to increase attendance, but are hindered by not being able to come together for a vegan food festival as we did last year with our Hazon funding. We had much greater attendance, in part because we invited the larger Jewish community. In the future, we are considering announcing these dinners on social media. (Would love to have your input on this). Once it is safe, we would like to have another food festival.

Impact

About 25 people.

Project Complete!

January 8, 2021

Progress

People were very excited about the movie and discussed what we might do in the future to educate more of our congregation about moving towards a more plant forward diet. We decided to present the Hazon Brit at our next Zoom Vegan Shabbat Dinner. Becky O’Brien will join us tonight to do this.

Challenges

Our biggest challenge is always attendance. I think if we could have had a more tempting event, watching the movie together in the sanctuary and having a dessert prepared by our caterer that we would all eat together while we spoke, might have attracted more people. Zoom events are good, but a lot of people are zoomed out by now. Again, any ideas would be appreciated.

Impact

20

Project Complete!

January 11, 2021

Progress

We served hundreds of families and thousands of individuals.

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 11, 2021

Progress

Coronavirus delayed construction on the off-site solar we had purchased, but we hope to go live with our off-site solar in the coming months.

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 12, 2021

Progress

1/11: installed two more smart thermostats in our social hall and sanctuary.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 12, 2021

Progress

Planting began two months after our tree contract was updated.
From May to September, 60 new trees and shrubs were planted on cemetery grounds.

Challenges

Several trees appeared to be diseased or dying. Our arborist was called to evaluate the soil and deemed it unfit for the affected trees.
Those trees were removed and fertilizers/various minerals were added to the soil to prepare for new, healthy trees to be planted.

Impact

1 Tulip and 4 Shawnee Bald Cypress trees planted 5/20/2020.
12 Densii Yew shrubs planted 6/17/2020.
23 Firelight Hydrangeas and 5 Summer Crush Hydrangeas planted 6/18/2020.
15 Densii Yew shrubs planted 9/23/2020.

Project Complete!

January 13, 2021

Progress

-Our team focused on the vote and made election calls based on climate issues.
-Because people often joked about how much food they were over-consuming during the pandemic, Ilana Margalit offered a session on intentional food choices in June.
-Partnered with Gann Academy and their farm to learn about Jewish farming and our earth for Simchat Torah/Parshat Bereshit.
-Launched TBZ’s JYCM Kvutzah
-Purchased Fair-Trade Gelt and 100% recycled bags for Hanukkah as gifts to our community

Challenges

Our biggest challenges are that we’ve done so much already (solar panels composting, efficient building), that this year was an election year and people were hyper-focused on that, and that Covid kept us separated and slowed our progress down.

Impact

Update

January 16, 2021

Progress

Distributed the seeds for the victory gardens in both back yards and pots. With the pandemic, the gardens created an emotional/spiritual benefit for many. Planned the vegetable garden.

Challenges

Difficult to find seeds, but did so. Learning curve for new gardeners, some failures, but many successes. Covid required the temple vegetable garden to be put on hold, and consequently the compost bins. Planning both now to move forward in the Spring.

Impact

18 gardens

Project Complete!

January 8, 2021

Progress

Having the teens take responsibility for the event was wonderful. They did a great job spreading the word about the event (better than we could have done, given their familiarity with social media and their technological sophistication)) and got participation from young people from all over Broward County.The students had been taking increasingly more responsibility over the past few years at our live King Tide Events and this year they led us. They will become our climate leaders of the future, so in addition to educating participants about sea level rise and climate resilience, I think that training our students to become leaders was equally valuable.

Challenges

Not being able to see the King Tide live, which is, unfortunately, always impressive. However, this was different, and perhaps more educational since we were able to have speakers that probably would not have been able to attend a live event.

Impact

200

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

We have been introducing our members to a plant-forward diet with this activity, our vegan shabbats, and our “Game Changers” movie event.
We are planning to hold some international vegan food demos starting in February. I think we may be making some progress with people shifting their diets towards plant-based. We are in the process of planning a Tu B’Shevat event where people will sign on to the Hazon Brit.

Challenges

We wore masks and social distanced but it was actually a “perfect” COVID event and the only time we were physically able to see each other during the High Holidays.

Impact

30

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

Was able to hold (pre-covid) a Tu B’Shvat gathering to plant seeds and hike around the Redwoods generating discussion about the Birthday or Trees.

Challenges

This event was pre-covid so no restrictions.

Impact

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

Incorporated local, organic produce and ingredients into meal.

Challenges

Had to have a smaller group and social distanced around a fire due to COVID.

Impact

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

Learning a lot from cycling through the holidays on our own.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

Getting goats acclimated and preparing for experimenting with various goat milk products.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

Great turn out for outdoor service.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 19, 2021

Progress

The boxed contained vegan latkes, a Menorah, and candles for 8 nights. Met over zoom for music and lighting.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 26, 2021

Progress

In March 2020 (just before COVID stay at home orders) a local vendor was identified and contracted for weekly pickup of single stream recycling program

Challenges

Did we really not recycle? After a series of conversations to identify that this was really true, we learned that once our previous vendor was no longer available, the potential new vendor was charging an exorbitant price to continue the service. We began a two prong campaign: 1) to let community know that items placed in blue bins were not being recycled but placed in trash and 2) To identify a new vendor. Through investigation we worked with administration and learned that there was a non profit rate from our city and we were able to re-institute service just before we were sent home with COVID protocols. When students returned in the Fall, the single stream recycling was now in place.

Impact

Project Complete!

January 26, 2021

Progress

A total of 60 students, staff, and faculty members completed the survey in a one week period.

Challenges

The intention was to offer the survey both before and after an 8 week educational program designed to lift up our personal awareness of the impact of our actions. Due to covid craziness, the post survey was never completed. We are considering this project complete and will keep our data as a baseline for future years.

Impact

Initial Survey Data:
48 percent of respondents can articulate in a sentence or two how their food choices impact the environment.
50 percent of respondents eat meat once per week or less, and 24 percent of respondents never eat meat.
68 percent of respondents compost at home with some regularity.
90 percent of respondents travel to Hebrew College by car (pre-pandemic).
25 percent of respondents always purchase cleaning, household and body care products made of non-toxic ingredients.
In the 12 months prior to the survey’s completion, approximately 25% of respondents had attended a climate action strike and had contacted a local representative about environmental concerns.

Project Complete!

January 26, 2021

Progress

The first 4 weeks featured a weekly email with action tips, an weekly theme based exhibit in the 2 main lobbies and a call to action for the forming of a Sunrise Climate Action group.

Challenges

With very full academic schedules, we were able to split the work and role of educators across our 8 team members, each one committing to one theme and week of the program. Furthermore with no central campus location we utilized a combination of weekly emails and signage to ensure the entire campus was aware of the program. Unfortunately the second half os the series (including final survey) were cancelled due to COVID.

Impact

Project Complete!

January 27, 2021

Progress

We mostly stopped over the summer as the pandemic continued, but for several months we were engaging our community in conversations about waste and sustainability.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 27, 2021

Progress

From March through May, we maintained this channel. We send communications to the office about the creation of the channel and how to turn on notifications, made relevant posts, involved the Engagement Team to make posts as well, and were able to start a few conversations.

Challenges

Early in the pandemic when we started this, not many were used to regularly using Teams yet, and we did not have any prior culture of a non-departmental, all-office virtual space in which informal communication, comments, kudos, discussion, etc happened. We found that while we did engage a small number of individuals on a semi-regular basis (mostly through likes/reactions, less through comments or posts), the majority of engagement and interaction was coming from the Green Team and Engagement Team, so we weren’t reaching the broader audience we hoped for. We only had the ability to see posts and likes, so we don’t know if there was a wider range of readers or followers who were engaging only by clicking to view the posts. Ultimately due in part to lack of engagement and in part to layoffs, we paused this project and did not return to it.

Impact

I would estimate that about 7-10 employees (out of 130) who were not already in the Green Team or Engagement Team liked or commented at least once.

Project Complete!

January 27, 2021

Progress

Worked with MarCom to create a beautiful JDC Green logo. Drafted and finalized a mission statement. Utilized the logo (and language of “JDC Green” as opposed to The Green Team) in all communications from the team for the rest of the year, starting when the project was completed in June.

Challenges

This was fairly straightforward, no particular challenges. We have not had events at which to use this branding yet, but we anticipate using it in the future.

Impact

JDC Green Logo was used in at least 3 email communications in 2020.

Update

January 27, 2021

Progress

We shared out the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest and encouraged staff to attend in 3 consecutive newsletters (this gets into 2021 a little). We wrote a piece on how to have a sustainable and green Chanukah.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 29, 2021

Progress

Green Shabbat, educational programming on environmental justice, starting a concerted food justice effort through the Serve the Moment Campus Corps at Hillel

Challenges

COVID-19 has presented challenges as our building is closed for the foreseeable future.

Impact

8 students engaged.

Project Complete!

February 4, 2021

Progress

The virtual Tu B’Shevat Sedar was co-sponsored by our Education Department, and was attended by Rabbi Lucas, Cantor Caplan, Susan Werk, our Educational Director, all of whom spoke and/or sang at the event, and three congregational rabbis. Jewish National Fund supplied bags and goodies for event participants and presented two videos about JNF’s work in preserving Israel’s environment. Each participant received a Sedar bag containing wine, seven foods, seeds for planting, and the Hazon hagaddah, which guided the service. We had singing, break-out sessions to address the questions in the Hazon hagaddah, and a yoga break, and watched a video on how to make babka. The event lasted 2 hours.

Challenges

The event was conducted on Zoom (which is always a challenge!) Committee volunteers distributed the Sedar bags at the synagogue, using COVID-19 precautions. Guests had to wait in the waiting room to inhibit Zoom bombers. A tech monitor cross-checked the registration list before allowing people into the Zoom event.

Impact

The event was attended by 59 people on 40 screens, more than double the attendees from last year’s 1st annual Sedar.

Project Complete!

February 4, 2021

Progress

With the help and support of Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, the Associated Baltimore City Partnership Commission, and others, Pearlstone was able to do this work.

Challenges

Impact

Contributed more than 6,000 pounds of organic produce.

Project Complete!

February 4, 2021

Progress

Joan Plisko and the year-round educators created sustainable online gardening lessons, resources, and blogs.

Challenges

Impact

13 videos
5 gardening resources

Project Complete!

February 4, 2021

Progress

Developed Thrive: Weekend Resilience Workshop. Had to postpone due to Covid.

Challenges

Had to postpone due to COVID.

Impact

Update

February 15, 2021

Progress

We had 9 students involved in this event.

Challenges

Students were able to join in virtually since they are not gathering in groups due to COVID.

Impact

Update

February 15, 2021

Progress

Students are coming to us with ideas about sustainability and environmental based events.

Challenges

It is hard to be environmentally friendly using individually packaged meals from a caterer. There are many things that we cannot control.

Impact

Update

February 15, 2021

Progress

The internship is still being tweaked.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 17, 2021

Progress

This was successful!

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 17, 2021

Progress

This was successful!

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 17, 2021

Progress

This was a success!

Challenges

Impact

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

– Zero Waste Tu B’shevat Seder – over 70 people attending, Kara Mertz (City of Boulder Sustainability Director) and Neil Lurie (Director of Resource) spoke about zero waste, consumption and resource use, and the climate. Explored texts focusing on Ba’al Tashchit. Shared seasonal meal and preserved Colorado Fruits
– Rosie Briggs, of Eco-Cycle, came to staff meeting to talk about waste + the climate crisis and how to sort everything
– Story of Stuff virtual screening lunch n’ learn with Becky O’Brien
– Green Gift Giving virtual program with Rosie Briggs of Eco-Cycle

Challenges

– Two programs that were planned but didn’t happen due to the pandemic: Boulder JCC hosted Fixit Clinic, DIY toiletries and why it matters

The major challenge to many of our goals was the pandemic. The in-person projects were not relevant anymore. We also didn’t get our full funding from the Hazon mini-grant in order to carry out everything.

Impact

over 70 ppl attended the Zero Waste Tu B’shevat Seder

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

We got a big sign printed for our large rental events and programs. We have not yet printed smaller signs for all our three-bin systems in the building

Challenges

We didn’t develop the job description because our events became virtual

Impact

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

We started a great on-site compost system at Milk and Honey Farm. We have signage and are actively making and using our own compost! We spread the first batch on one of our fields in October.

Challenges

Very tangible challenges we’ve had for our composting system include:
– community members not following signage to drop the compost loads where they should
– hard to keep compost piles moist enough
– lots of straw/goat waste (carbon rich) and not enough veggies and other nitrogen rich materials

Impact

Project Complete!

February 17, 2021

Progress

No staff snack shack anymore

Challenges

No staff snack shack anymore

Impact

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

Buying proper bins and creating signage in our buildings were an important aspect of achieving this goal and were accomplished. We now have three bins – trash, recycling and compost – throughout the building!

Challenges

Alpine waste added compost to our system but due to the lack of students/people at the Hillel building, we have put the compost pick up on hold until we have more waste.

Impact

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

I am happy to report that we did accomplish this and have even had full vegan meals!

Challenges

Impact

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

I am happy to report that we have zero styrofoam on site!! We have switched most of our plastics to a comparable compostable version including our silverware, plates and most to-go containers.

Challenges

As to-go options have become a main part of our programming, we do rely on a few plastic products – such as matzah ball soup frozen for when students are sick and small “dressing” containers – which we hope to find alternatives for this coming year.

Impact

Update

February 17, 2021

Progress

Everything purchased by the administration,& office staff during 2020 was either compostable or recyclable. I am proud of the school for making this commitment and following through

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 23, 2021

Progress

The BJ Environmental Advocates successfully collaborated with the BJ Teen Executive Board on our Tu Bishvat program.

Building work has continued and we replaced our boiler in our 88th street building.

Challenges

COVID and the City defunding the composting program forced us to suspend our community drop off program indefinitely. We were not able to continue any of our on-site sustainability programs or finish out our Vegan Challenge year.

Impact

Almost 100 attendees at our Tu Bishvat program and 250 views on YouTube.

Project Complete!

February 24, 2021

Progress

The solar project was a success!

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 24, 2021

Progress

New HVAC system.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 24, 2021

Progress

Working towards more virtual greening with hybrid model to include members not in NY.

Challenges

Challenge is that a lot of work on the building is outside of the green team. Many members are not in NY and things are having to be changed to virtual engagement.

Impact

Project Complete!

March 2, 2021

Progress

We have always valued our time in the outdoors. This pushed us to develop further program curriculum around the High Holidays and other Jewish holidays. Another element we were successful at was teaching remotely and we connected the value of conservation and environmental impact on that. This has had a significant impact as well on our whole agency. The fact that we meet remotely versus driving everywhere helps the larger footprint.

Challenges

We needed to pivot our existing mental model. We were able to overcome this by securing program materials needed and helping our staff learn how to teach remotely. We also faced weather challenges in being outside versus inside. Through creative planning, our staff were able to create a new way of learning.

Impact

For this current school year, we have 570 children enrolled in our program.

Project Complete!

March 2, 2021

Progress

Campers and staff discuss the life span of growing fruits and vegetables. They also talk about the wild animals that try and eat off the garden. Also focus on where things can grow, for example we only grow from the ground not from trees. Also, discuss where the garden should be planted for sunlight and waterflow. Our garden has an irrigation system and our facility talk with campers about this. Campers were able to take herbs that grew and use in the Shabbat boxes.

Challenges

Challenges for this year were met with COVID restrictions. Our garden is in a small area and we couldn’t have many kids in there at the same time. We overcame that by adjusting for summer of 2020.

Impact

150 campers participated in the garden project at camp last summer.

Project Complete!

March 4, 2021

Progress

We successfully continued growing vegetables to help provide emergency access to those in need

Challenges

Impact

We reached 15 food pantries with the help of Hazon

Update

March 8, 2021

Progress

We are still in the process of forming our Meditation Garden Committee, a group who will take the lead on deciding what features to include in the garden and what type of programming we will implement in the space (both virtual and in-person). So far, we have eight individuals interested in working on the garden initiative and we will be scheduling our first committee meeting in the next couple weeks for our first brainstorming meeting!

Challenges

n/a

Impact

n/a

Update

March 9, 2021

Progress

We are using them periodically to replenish JFMD kitchens when necessary.

Challenges

Due to the pandemic and closing of our conference rooms, this was not fully implemented.

Impact

Update

March 9, 2021

Progress

We have made final decisions on materials, cost, physical effort involved. Now we are waiting for it to warm up outside and it is!

Challenges

Funding is always difficult.

Impact

Update

March 10, 2021

Progress

The Holistic Omer Count
7-Week Omer Holistic Daily and Weekly Check-Ins 2021
Join us daily, and/or once a week, to count the Omer (March 28 – May 16). Choose an attainable goal, such as losing 5 pounds, walking 3x/week, and/or gardening, and check in for support. Our daily check-ins are at 9 AM EST and Sundays at 4:00 EST.

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We will cover “Meatless Mondays,” and talk about the spices of the Sephirot of the week!

For the Zoom link, send your email to healingwordstol@gmail.com.

This program is part of the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.

Challenges

Impact

Update

March 11, 2021

Progress

Due to the increased organizational workload related to the election, we decided to postpone the event to May 2021. We are planning event details now, and will publish the ticket registration page this week.
We have utilized recycled paper and a union printer for the save-the-date postcards, and will do so again for the program book. We will also be featuring Midtown Composting as a part of the silent auction.

Challenges

We made a strong decision to move this event back to May 2021. September-December 2020 was a time of upheaval, both for our staff community and the world. Our ED was on parental leave, and our lead organizer went out on unplanned medical leave during the same time. Additionally, the election defense work took up much more organizational capacity than we ever anticipated.
We feel very good about postponing this major event to May, and know it will be a better event for all because we have the capacity to put it on well.

Impact

250 Save-the-Date postcards sent on recycled paper postcards

1 Midtown Composting subscription in fundraising auction

Project Complete!

March 17, 2021

Progress

This program was made up of multiple the courses throughout the day.

Challenges

We were able to take advantage of educators around the nation to be able to offer a weekend of Jewish sustainable and eco-conscious learning.

Impact

We had 150 unique participants over the day’s courses.

Project Complete!

March 17, 2021

Progress

The garden was maintained by people who have never been involved in gardening before.

Challenges

Getting volunteers.

Impact

Over 400bs produce grown – enough for one adult for a full year.

Update

March 17, 2021

Progress

This is a more recent initiative and since the building is closed, only staff have utilized it.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

March 18, 2021

Progress

We have completed both of these projects

Challenges

Impact

Update

March 18, 2021

Progress

We aim to complete this on Earth Day 2021

Challenges

Impact

Update

March 18, 2021

Progress

Challenges

We were not able to complete this project due to COVID.

Impact

Project Complete!

March 18, 2021

Progress

See above.

Challenges

Pandemic. Reallocation.

Impact

Project Complete!

January 13, 2021

Progress

we planted the garden.

Challenges

Impact

Update

April 5, 2021

Progress

We have had some challenges with keeping our community engaged with sustainability practices, while we all spend much of our time in our homes. This program will be helpful in re-centering our IADS community to be focused on environmentally friendly practices that folks can instill in their day to day lives.

Challenges

We hope this program will inspire our community to be aware of their waste, energy and water usage, and sustainability actions.

Impact

We will update impact numbers after the program is complete.

Update

April 5, 2021

Progress

a good percentage of the lawn is done

Challenges

clover seed did not come back the way we thought. much of that may have been because of the facility being closed due to covid.

Impact

project is incomplete. no impact to report.

Update

April 9, 2021

Progress

We were moderately successful given the challenges of the past year. We were consistent players in the monthly letter writing actions, but our involvement in the program and our focus on climate-related measures dissipated over the course of the year.

Challenges

We were not able to be as bold or productive as we intended this year due to capacity restraints from the pandemic

Impact

Update

April 9, 2021

Progress

Before the pandemic we were able to organize our first fully vegan shabbat meal with Northwestern Hillel utilizing resources provided by Hazon. We were also able to organize a Tu Bishvat seder with the Northwester Green Office. Creating these spiritual spaces with an emphasis on cultivating and stewarding the land felt really important for our green team and our students.

Challenges

Lack of energy for new projects with current green team, and lack of student energy as well. Current Green team members all leaving this year.

Impact

Project Complete!

April 12, 2021

Progress

We’ve contacted the plumbing company to secure a more favorable rate to make a greater impact

Challenges

Mainly the building being closed due to covid, but now that some of the building is open, we can proceed.

Impact

Not yet.

Project Complete!

April 14, 2021

Progress

We had a very successful program on having zero food waste in our homes. We had a caterer show us how we could re-purpose leftovers that might otherwise be thrown away into delicious new meal options.

Challenges

We had the challenge of how to do such a program during the pandemic. We decided to have the caterer zoom from a member’s kitchen showing real life examples from what was in their refrigerator and pantry. This event actually worked out better being done virtually as there would have been no way to duplicate this event in person. A perfect “made for zoom” event!

Impact

This was the first zoom program of its kind and while we have not had success in having people join our green team we were thrilled that we had 40 people register for the event.

Update

April 14, 2021

Progress

We have found what doesn’t work! See challenges below.

Challenges

This has been more difficult than we had initially expected. The primary issue is that we need to find “Shabbat friendly” sensors that will allow us to over-ride the sensors and leave in the “on” position on Shabbat and holidays when it is not permitted to turn on lights, even if my motion. Coupled with a 270V electrical requirement than the standard 120v has made finding such a motion sensor quite difficult. What we have found were sensors that required the removal of the switch plate to over-ride the motion sensor. This would be quite a cumbersome project as we are changing 8 switches. We are working diligently with our electrician and think we may have just found a sensor that works.

Impact

Update

April 15, 2021

Progress

Finalized location, expanded structure, subcommittee project teams, updated garden plan

Challenges

Growth and care: our care plan was derailed due to policies revolving around covid19 so we’ve created a new plan moving forward

Impact

Project Complete!

April 15, 2021

Progress

Because of COVID, we were only able to install one of the bottle filling stations. But the other two are planned for the coming months.

Challenges

COVID, COVID, COVID!!!

Impact

Because our building was shuttered, these bottle fillers have only had limited use. I will report usage at a future date.

Project Complete!

April 18, 2021

Progress

We have grown the membership of the Green Team to include members of the Executive Committee, the Building Committee, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club.

We worked to engage the religious and lay leaders, arms and branches of the synagogue and synagogue members on the committee and in the implementation of programs.

Challenges

The biggest challenge is the level of participation when people have many professional and personal responsibilities. This often falls to a lower priority.

Impact

The Green Team is comprised of eight members, including a core of eight people.

The virtual garden tour reached approximately 25 Zoom screens.

Project Complete!

April 21, 2021

Progress

I have gained a successful amount of listens and have had positive feedback from followers

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

April 21, 2021

Progress

Over 100 attendees to the online panel, and tremendous amount of positive feedback.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

April 21, 2021

Progress

An excellent event with a tremendous amount of positive feedback

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

May 11, 2021

Progress

On April 25, 2021, CAI conducted a virtual Earth Day celebration. The CAI Education Committee co-sponsored the event with the CAI Environmental Committee. The celebration began with a d’var torah by our Associate Rabbi, Ari Lucas. Tov M’Od, the young children’s choir, sang “This Pretty Planet.” Our featured speaker was Dr. Jeremy Benstein, who did his usual wonderful job educating us about climate change and other important environmental issues.

Challenges

The usual challenges associated with a virtual event.

Impact

38 screens were present for the Zoom presentation. Also in attendance were members of a local Catholic church.

Project Complete!

May 25, 2021

Progress

The Special Needs Camp Department is launching a new program this summer for approximately 60 campers with special needs and 12-15 counselors to tend and take home and the end of the season grow bags for flowers, herbs, and vegetables. The project is designed to give campers understanding of food and herb sources starting from seeds to starter plants. It is also designed to assist sensory activities at different stages. The grant will allow the purchase of grow bags, seed pods, compost, plug trays, and gardening supplies.

Each camper will take home grow bags with flowering plants for pollinators, herb plants for cooking and sensory activities, and vegetables for harvesting.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

May 28, 2021

Progress

Completed.

Challenges

No problems.

Impact

Project Complete!

May 28, 2021

Progress

Completed.

Challenges

It takes an immense amount of work in agreeing on our focus for the season, and even more in finding appropriate videos and speakers. Then there is the issue of working with the speakers on exactly what they will talk about, and in creating a well-structured program that will maintain the interest of the audience for the full 1.5 hours. And then doing the publicity to reach several disparate audiences.

Impact

A mean of 135 households attended the live event. We don’t know how many watched afterwards. Two of the events had about 200 households watching.

Project Complete!

June 3, 2021

Progress

Completed

Challenges

None.

Impact

Update

June 3, 2021

Progress

Completed.

Challenges

None.

Impact

Project Complete!

June 3, 2021

Progress

Most of our congregants seem to take in these teachings. It is not clear how much they act on them.

Challenges

There are no challenges to presenting the talks.

Impact

About 25 people attended the zoom meeting.

Project Complete!

June 3, 2021

Progress

Most of our congregants seem to take in these teachings. It is not clear how much they act on them.

Challenges

Just the difficulties scheduling R. Waskow.

Impact

About 25 people attended the zoom meeting.

Project Complete!

June 14, 2021

Progress

We held several meetings with students to form a Green Team at Hillel of Metro Detroit. We also were able to engage with 20 students through the Sustainability Starter kits.

Challenges

We have not done much in person programming so it was hard to find a program that fits for our students. Handing out the Sustainability Starter kits was a great way to engage with the greater community and find students that are passionate about the environment.

Impact

Twenty new students were identified as being interested in environmental projects and sustainability.

Update

August 16, 2021

Progress

Initial spreadsheet reviewed by Fred Davis on 13 August 2021. Still need to make changes to “natural gas” spreadsheet to convert MCFs to Therms.

Challenges

Impact

Update

August 16, 2021

Progress

Education and Advocacy audit done.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

September 17, 2021

Progress

Completed the project during the summer of 2021 at camp.

Challenges

Gordon Food Service already had a higher welfare egg option, which made it an easy transition.

Impact

Project Complete!

October 20, 2021

Progress

We are pleased to report that students lead the management of all three programs, with staff advising. This was a great leadership feat for our students and we’re proud of their abilities to design thoughtful programming, promote it to their communities, and implement strong educational content.

Specific to the Micro Greens event, we were especially proud of the thoughtful connection students made between a Jewish holiday and sustainability. The program centered on Tu Bishvat, in which participants picked up microgreens kits from Hillel – made even more special because the kits used were the creation of a fellow student just launching a new microgreens business. As they Zoom’d together, the group explored Jewish texts about environmentalism in Judaism and the holiday, then they started the planting process as a group.

Challenges

Our challenges were most often centered in active engagement. The majority of our programs, while in past would have been hosted in-person, necessitated a transition to Zoom. While this allowed for students to continue to engage with Hillel, Zoom fatigue was something our leadership was always in tune to. To counteract this, leaders worked hard to develop creative content that would still be relevant and exciting for those joining virtually and worked harder than ever to personally engage their individual networks to increase participation.

Impact

Through the programs – combined – our Hillel reached over 200 students. Our Microgreens event reached 13 students, our Host At Home Shabbat reached 200 Shabbat hosts and participants, and our Hillel Outdoor Adventure Environmental Shabbat had 20 participants.

Project Complete!

November 3, 2021

Progress

Our community is more aware and educated on the environmental stressors we place on the earth and our community.

Challenges

Taking on the organization of these project on my own. I continued to be motivated and the participation of the community made it worth it.

Impact

Update

November 9, 2021

Progress

We have gotten all renovation plans in place and raised funds to make this renovation possible.

Challenges

Impact

Update

November 10, 2021

Progress

We established a quarterly meeting with JDC Go Green Israel. We updated our logos to share one logo. We acted as a sounding board, and learned from them as well.

Challenges

Communication, inertia, calendaring across time-zones, working around Jewish holidays and overall time commitments. A cultural difference of what timing is best for different regions and how to collaborate accordingly. We adapted by changing the date for the event, and we did find that staff from both regions joined in our global challenge. We established that we would have complimentary sequential events, and pass on best practices and feedback as we learned. We are still working to figure out the best long-term collaboration, which will depend on how the Israel team decides to move forward.

Impact

We had approx. 10 active participants from Israel and the FSU in our JDC Green Lifestyle Challenge (the Brit Hazon)

Update

November 10, 2021

Progress

We planned and executed the Brit Hazon as the JDC Green Lifestyle Challenge. 46 international participants signed up, and had approx. 20 active participants. We heard back in our last event some learnings participants took away about living sustainably. We were able to complete this remotely during the pandemic. We were able to use additional funding from a health initiative to purchase prizes to encourage participation. We also purchased reuseable utensils that will now be provided to all staff, not just participants.

Challenges

Working with colleagues overseas and figuring out how to create a program for global staff, logistical shipping challenges for prizes, time commitment to get the program planned. We were trying to adapt the Brit Hazon structure to something where everyone would be doing the same challenge for those 6 weeks, and it’s designed by Hazon as more of a commit-a-thon. It created some confusion about when the challenge actually started, is it when you sign up, that Sunday, what is a week. It meant that a lot of the tools and resources Hazon provided were not necessarily the most useful for what we were trying to accomplish. The structure of the Brit Hazon itself, having specific concrete goals and resources to help with them, and the timeline, was a great framework, but we were trying to use it to unify our staff as well as developing lasting habits – supporting each other to do that.

Impact

46 international participants signed up, and had approx. 20 active participants.

Update

November 10, 2021

Progress

We met with the Director of Learning and Development and discussed what options we had.
We created a learning playlist in Joint University, our internal Learning and Development system, and included it in the staff newsletter. We updated it weekly with new articles, videos, and learning items on sustainable issues, until we hit the limit of 20 learning items. The Israel team showed interest in joining this project in the future, if we continue it.

Challenges

Traction, getting people to sign-up for the playlist.
Finding time for other educational programs – a lot of other learning and engagement events are happening at JDC, and it was challenging to find both time to plan and a good time to host an event. That is why we focused on the playlist. We also did not have capacity to do more in addition to the Brit Hazon.

Impact

The playlist has 5 followers.

Project Complete!

November 10, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

November 15, 2021

Progress

Overhaul of current waste disposal and diversion process:
Ensured recycling was separated from landfill trash and being taken to recycling bin without plastic bags.
Ensuring paper towels were collected from the Hive (co-working space) and thrown in compost piles.
For most day-to-day events we have come up with a plan to divert compost and compostable wares into our green waste.
For larger events, we are still working on creating an efficient system for composting and recycling.
Created a compostable dinnerware guide for vendors and guests to bring onsite.

Education and Outreach:
Learned about EDCO recycling facility and anaerobic digester.
Educated ourselves on do’s and don’ts for Farm’s compost operations.
Brainstormed a plan to present to Communication Team in order to create compost/recycling/landfill signs for trash receptacles, community facing, and social media.

Challenges

Overhaul of current waste disposal and diversion process:
For large events, just signage isn’t sufficient for guests to know how to sort their trash. We have trained and stationed volunteers at waste receptacles for large events to help with sorting.

Education and outreach:
wanted to tour EDCO but couldn’t due to COVID restriction – missed a learning opportunity to educate ourselves and our communities.

Impact

Update

November 16, 2021

Progress

Education and Outreach:
Learned about EDCO recycling facility and anaerobic digester.
Educated ourselves on do’s and don’ts for Farm’s compost operations.
Brainstormed a plan to present to Communication Team in order to create compost/recycling/landfill signs for trash receptacles, community facing, and social media.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

November 18, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

November 18, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

20 participants.

Project Complete!

November 18, 2021

Progress

This is a new project that will be ongoing. We now have 8 compost bins in our back parking lot that is used as an aggregate drop-off spot for local compost nonprofit. As part of the agreement, staff can drop their compost off for free and we will receive soil for our garden in the spring.

Challenges

Compost was smelly in summer and campers were complaining. Group agreed to clean out bins 2x/week instead of 1x/week.

Impact

Update

November 23, 2021

Progress

Members of the TBH Green Team testified in front of the governing bodies of the four municipalities that would consider the plan: the cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater, and Thurston County. Our Green Team was part of a coalition of local environmental groups. The plan was adopted by all four!

Plus we continue to be in touch with Earth Ministry about statewide efforts.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

November 23, 2021

Progress

We did an initial trial of smart thermostats in three “zones” of our building. It was successful and allowed for greater ease in controlling temperature in spaces, better than a regular programmable thermostat. We are replacing all of our thermostats with smart thermostats, which will be completed by the end of the year.

Challenges

Impact

Update

November 23, 2021

Progress

We continue to work with Olympia Community Solar and are in the process now of applying for grants for solar install.

Challenges

We had a roof inspection and part of our roof was not good for a solar installation. We have two parts to our building, an older building and a newer addition. We have scaled back our initial project and still intend to put solar on the (smaller) roof of the addition.

Impact

Project Complete!

November 23, 2021

Progress

We did have a number of congregants sign up to particiapate.

Challenges

Although I had hoped we would have had more participation, those who did participate were exposed to new learning opportunities and connections with Hazon

Impact

Update

November 23, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

November 23, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

November 30, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

November 30, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

November 30, 2021

Progress

Nourishing Our Souls Cookbook is now available for purchase ($18)! It is a new vegetarian and vegan cookbook brought to you by CAI’s Environmental and Interfaith Committees. Introductions written by Rabbi Ari Lucas, Sister Honora Werner and Hakan Yesilova share the backgrounds of vegetarianism from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives. All proceeds from the cookbook will be donated to local food banks, in collaboration with the Social Action Committee.

The cookbook features over 75 recipes from our congregation and broader community, including beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, side and main dishes, desserts, baked goods, and holiday dishes from our interfaith community. Discover what your fellow congregants and neighbors are eating, including: “Not your Mother’s Applesauce”, “Tofu Scramble”, “Fireplace Hot Not Milk”, “Colcannon”, “Cuban Black Beans”, and much more!

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Supported the Climate Solutions Act and are now holding an advocacy forum in Dec 2021

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

We held monthly Thrive programs beginning in August 2021 including
Go With the Flow: Creek walk and exploration of stream health
Tuning in to the World Wood Web: Forest bathing and tree ID
DIY Outdoor Shelters: Shelter building and habitat exploration
Seed Saving for Abundance: Practical steps to enhance food resilience
Lighting UP: Candle making and renewable energy

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

We installed solar panels on the rooftops of 4 lodge buildings

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

We served over 100,000 meals to the community during COVID

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Greening our office space has been a very nice transition for us. By starting off with replacing the items we use every day, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery, staff are helping make less waste. It is such an easy replacement for staff who are new to making sustainable changes.

Challenges

The only challenge for us was waiting to finish the current items we had before purchasing our compostable items. We did not want to be wasteful. We still need to transition our spoons and knives. We overcame that by being patient and replacing and sustaining once the change is made.

Impact

We have been purchasing our compostable items from Green Safe Products. We find it to be a great resource for our compostable journey and they have really great prices. So far, we have purchased 2,000 hot cups, 1,000 plates, 600 bowls, and 1,000 knives.

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Continued into 2021

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Continued in 2021.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 9, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 20, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 20, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 20, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 20, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 20, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

December 20, 2021

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

December 29, 2021

Progress

TV upgraded its building in the following sustainable ways:
1) Total replacement of Synagogue’s old oil burning heating system with two all new gas fired energy efficient condensation boilers (one for sanctuary and one for social hall and back building.
2) Replacement of gas burning hot water tank with a new energy efficient electric operated one.
3)Total replacement of Synagogue’s old Ventilation and AC system with totally new energy efficient electric operated zoned Chiller, Air Handler, and fan coil units.
4) Installation of Commercial Dishwasher in Kitchen which allows for improved water conservation during the washing of eating and cooking utensils, and increased sustainability through the replacement of disposable dishes and flatware with non-disposable dishwasher safe items.
5) Installation of washing machine and dryer that allows for improved sustainability through the replacement of disposable table linens with washable reusable one

Challenges

It would have cost us an extra $300,000 to install a heat pump system for our back building. This was not feasible as it would have required T&V to have two different systems because the current back building relies on a circulating water system with base board heating and the main building uses the same boiler but with an air handler. The system we ended up with can heat both buildings.

Impact

The new system is supposed to have T&V $18,000/year in energy costs.

Update

January 5, 2022

Progress

There was a lot of progress made in terms of narrowing down what the group wanted to do with the grant monies. The group wanted to check out other meditation gardens in the area, so a program was scheduled to occur in September to have a field trip to the McLaren gardens in Clarkston and have Rabbi Degroot do a program at the same time.

Challenges

The challenges that we have faced was the leave of absence the program coordinator for this program was on from Sept through November and subsequent resignation from JFS. With this change, the next step in the meditation garden process was not able to come to fruition and the program changed hands to the program coordinator’s supervisor who has been managing all aspects of the changes to the Cancer Thrivers Network group.
Thus, the field trip to the McLaren garden was subsequently cancelled.
Since this time, we have been working with Hannah at Hazon to discuss potential ways to move forward with the funds that need to be utilized before Spring. After discussing with the CTN leadership, it has been decided to move forward with planning an event for March. This zoom event will feature a speaker who will present on Preparing for Spring Planting. This discussion will include composting and other tips to be aware of during this pre-planting process. For those who participate we will put together individual bags with ‘starter kits’ and other items that would be helpful for their gardens in the spring.

Impact

Project Complete!

January 6, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 11, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 20, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 20, 2022

Progress

This has been well received by the congregation and will continue to be included in monthly newsletters.

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 20, 2022

Progress

B’nai Jeshurun decided not to pursue the Seven Year Environmental Justice and Sustainability Plan.

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 20, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 20, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

January 20, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 27, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 27, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 27, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 27, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Update

January 27, 2022

Progress

Challenges

Impact

Project Complete!

February 10, 2022

Progress

It went SO well

Challenges

1.5 challenges

Impact

7 billion people

Project Complete!

February 10, 2022

Progress

Went vegan.

Challenges

It was hard.

Impact

Project Complete!

February 10, 2022

Progress

Test Success

Challenges

Some test fails

Impact

We found some bugs in the systems

Project Complete!

February 16, 2022

Progress

This cooking program was an extremely successful initiative that Boaz created, innovated, and carried out with student partnership. IT not only helped students learn to cook healthful, easy meals on their own, but also to think about how to make a traditionally meat meal into something vegetarian friendly that would fit kosher guidelines and suit all dietary needs.

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February 16, 2022

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February 16, 2022

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We are transitioning our kitchen into a fully kosher facility, and educating students about kashrut has been quite an experience. One educational aspect to highlight has been how, when looking at items that may or not have a heksher, being certified as vegetarian and or vegan can qualify an item to be considered kosher according to our standards. Another has been to look at the emphasis on humane treatment and slaughter of animals in Jewish tradition, and how that dovetails with observance of kashrut.

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Most of our students are not vegetarian or vegan, but looking at healthy choices has been a great lens.

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February 21, 2022

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A big update

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So many challenges

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February 21, 2022

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Great News!!!!!!!!!!!

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With great perseverence

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February 21, 2022

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Describe the success or progress you have made over the past 12 months

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What challenges did you face? How were you able to overcome them?

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March 1, 2022

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the new drinking fountain has been successfully installed

before and after pictures added.

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March 1, 2022

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January 17, 2022

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March 9, 2022

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Our students got together to decorate the new waste bins that we ordered and to make some signs labeling what can and cannot be recycled. We served vegetarian food at this event too.

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We had some challenges getting students to show up to the event, but the students who did go had a great time.

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Project Complete!

March 10, 2022

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Park/beach clean-up
– Event took place May 2, 2021
– Event was a success; we collected 70+ pounds of garbage from the beach and we plan to have another this upcoming summer

Continue sharing monthly greening tips in the shul bulletin
– We provided tips in the bulletin Nov – March 2021

Additional Events of 2021:

Mishloach Manot
– The Green Team assisted in sourcing local products/food items to include in the shul’s mishloach manot bags for ~200 members/families

“Pickle Time Higiya” Tu Bishvat Family/Education event
– We partnered with Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob’s Green Team in hosting a virtual event featuring then rabbinical student Hody Nemes who educated attendees on food waste, carbon footprint, and why our Jewish values teach us to care about sustainability. The event concluded with a demo by Hody on how to pickle vegetables at home.

Butterfly Garden (April-May 2021)
– A member of our shul bought plants ideal for butterflies and members of our Green Team assisted with weeding and planting.

“Composting with Kavod” Composting Education Event (2/22/21)
– A member of our Green Team, Benjamin Krumstok, who is an expert on waste diversion, facilitated a virtual education event on composting dos and don’ts and its importance in Judaism. Benjamin also shared local Chicago composting resources, and at least 2 attendees in that session started composting after the event.

Sukkot Composting
– The shul sukka hosted 8 potluck meals for the Young Professionals group, with 20-40 people attending each meal.
– The Green Team provided compostable plates, napkins, and cutlery. These items, along with any food waste, were collected and composted.

Challenges

– Continue with letter-writing campaigns through JEA: We did not continue this effort after Erin stopped facilitating Zoom letter-writing events. We requested that subsequent liaisons continue these events, but those events were never set up.

– Continue sharing monthly greening tips in the shul bulletin: We decided to discontinue this effort, as this did not bring significant awareness and change to many members of the shul. We felt we could utilize our time more effectively by focusing on more hands-on/engaging programming (see the “successes” section).

– Conduct community survey to assess needs/interest around sustainability programming and initiatives: With Covid, we did not feel the timing was right to engage the synagogue in these efforts as there was already a pull to try to engage members in basic programming. We may consider revisiting this in the future.

Impact

– We collected over 70lbs of garbage from the beach at the beach cleanup
– 2 people started composting baed on our Composting Education Class
– Composting at 8 sukkot meals (with 20-40 attendees at each)

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March 17, 2022

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March 17, 2022

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March 17, 2022

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March 17, 2022

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March 17, 2022

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March 17, 2022

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March 21, 2022

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The gardens had fallen into disrepair due to the neglect during covid. The raised bed were repaired and a canopy trestle for squash was installed.

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Encouraging volunteers to return. Volunteers did participate while coivd numbers were low.

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The community garden produced 30-50 pounds of produce weekly from June through November. Surpluses were shared with lower income members of the community.

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March 21, 2022

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This project was a huge success, and families not only received the projects but the activities to go along with them. It helped make our virtual year feel more hands on

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Some families were just unable to stop by and pick up their boxes. We delivered them.

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March 21, 2022

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With the incredible help of students, volunteers, and school families we constructed the secure perimeter fence and 2 gates for the hugely expanded corral in October & November 2021. The final step of the project is adding the Tuff Shed will be be the new home for the goats. This is set to be delivered and installed in May 2022 and will complete the project.

Challenges

The main challenge was coordinating some heavy duty construction work days with able bodied volunteers! Once we had a solid crew narrowed down we scheduled realistic and spaced out dates over 2 months to allow a few full days and many partial days for hard work. Everyone really enjoyed putting in the energy and seeing the project come to life, there was great pride taken in the work and knowing we were creating a wonderful space for our animals and thus for grander student engagement.

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March 22, 2022

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March 22, 2022

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March 22, 2022

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March 23, 2022

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Our event was a success! We were able to enroll six households in a composting service, and distribute 250 postcards for our event on recycled cardstock.

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Due to the increased organizational workload related to the election, we decided to postpone the event from September 2020 to May 2021. We also pivoted from an in-person to a virtual-only event.

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March 28, 2022

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April 12, 2022

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We finally finished the compost bin and have collected food waste at our kiddush.

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Initially people were confused about how to sort their food waste during kiddush. To resolve this we posted signs and had some green team member at the trash station to to explain the process.50 Family

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50 families are usually serves at kiddush, and we estimate 75% of the food gets composted.

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April 13, 2022

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April 13, 2022

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May 3, 2022

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Due to the cost involved in this project (water source, fencing), this project has been eliminated from the 2021-22 timeline.

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Water source, materials, labor, fencing are challenges that due to COVID-19, we felt this was not the best of times to initiate this project. All of the information gained will be on file for future use.

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July 25, 2022

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Green Shabbat was a huge success! Emphasis was on elimination of single use plastics from everyday use.
Cost analysis: Food/Beverage: $1,295.00; Guest Speaker on Sustainability/Parsha: $250.00, Organic Havdallah Spices, Organic Chocolate, Steel Straws( giveaways), recycled paper $123.00.

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Covid was the biggest challenge, having a in person kiddish lunch and also be covid safe, while using single serving and sustainable products. Dish Kosher Catering met all of our needs. Flexability with the date also was necessary , due to Covid, this event was rescheduled a couple times. Also, finding a guest speaker was a small challenge, thanks to Julia we were able to locate one.

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August 4, 2022

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During the first session of the summer, I (Sadie) ran Shabbat chuggim on Jewish perspectives on the environment, the intersections between climate change and LGBTQ+ discrimination, food and climate. Between 2 and 8 campers of various ages participated each week, and we had meaningful discussions on environmental issues. It is clear to me that the campers care deeply about the environment and understand that systemic change is necessary to address the climate crisis.

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August 14, 2022

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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.

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Because the summer is rapidly coming to an end and camp staff have very little time to work on the compost, food waste collection will be more of an experiment this summer. We are planning to collect compost for a few meals in the last week of camp, monitor the compost site, and create a plan to ensure its success next summer.

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August 21, 2022

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With the help of a few other counsellors, I was able to run environmental themed Shabbat chuggim five out of six Saturdays this summer (one week, instead of running the climate grief program, myself and other staff chose to run Tisha B’Av themed chuggim instead. The campers continually impressed me with their knowledge of environmental and social justice issues, and their desire to create a better world. I can see myself using the resources I have created for other educational workshops in the future.

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The relatively short timeframe of the Shabbat chug block, as well as the fact that this was an elective activity and could attract any number of campers from different age groups, sometimes limited the depth of the discussion. Nevertheless, I was able to adapt or cut questions and provide additional context when necessary.

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August 22, 2022

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August 23, 2022

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We were able to hand out 2 composter bins to students

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August 22, 2022

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August 27, 2022

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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.

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