Project Category: Energy & Water Conservation

White Rock South Surrey Jewish Community Centre

Surrey, British Columbia

Mingle, enjoy homemade baked goods and a closet refresh, the green way at the WRSSJCC rock Swap! It’s estimated residents in the greater Vancouver area throw out about 20,000 tonnes of textiles each year, which is equivalent to the weight of 44 T-shirts per person. Bring your washed + gently used women’s clothing to the JCC and/or take as much as you’d like (by donation) on Monday November 14th between 12:30-7:30pm! We will have refreshments, snacks and a mingle. Children welcome to play upstairs.

Adat Shalom Synagogue

Farmington Hills, Michigan

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

Beth Israel - The West Temple

Cleveland, Ohio

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

Hillel Day School

Farmington Hills, Michigan

The Hillel Knesset will be comprised of a group of 15 students from grades 3-8. The Knesset will identify areas that they would like to strengthen within the school community. They will be focusing on Hillel's Core Values, which include Tikkun Olam (and other Jewish values). Within this focus, students will identify ways that the Hillel community can become a more green and environmentally aware community. They will discuss and propose initiatives to pursue within the school and beyond. Ultimately, they will choose an initiative that aligns with this core value to enact this school year. The Green Fund (funding by this mini-grant) would allow these students to have the resources necessary to implement their initiative. Examples of initiatives might include:inviting a speaker to educate students and staff on environmental issues, improving our waste and recycling system, sponsoring a school-wide audit to identify areas of improvement, sponsoring an environmental program in the school, or other green initiatives that the students are passionate about.

Beth Israel - The West Temple

Cleveland, Ohio

Replace all incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

Beth Israel Congregation

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Beth Israel Congregation

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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)

Friendship Circle

West Bloomfield, Michigan

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.

Yad Ezra

berkley, Michigan

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

Congregation Shir Tikvah

Troy, Michigan

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

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