Dor Hadash Detroit Sukkah

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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Camp Kennedy Phase One

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

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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Food Waste awareness campaign

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 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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First Response to Energy Audit

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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Compostable Materials

This summer we will be using compostable materials for our overnight summer camp. Throughout the course of the summer, we use hundreds of plates, cups, napkins and would like to switch to compostable materials for the first time in order to have less of an impact on the environment.

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