Project Category: Waste Prevention/Material Management
Vancouver Talmud Torah
Vancouver, British Columbia
We aim to be a Litterless Lunch school starting next September 2023. We will be introducing our school community to the concept this year with a monthly Student & Staff Litterless Lunch. Students are encouraged to pack a lunch with as minimal waste as possible which encourages thoughtful and healthy choices (like fruits and vegetables), and avoiding single-use food items with its own package (often highly processed, high in sugar, and lacking nutrients). Any organic or plastic waste will be sent home in the child's lunch kit. We aim to do a cafeteria waste audit this year as well to ensure that our catering practices align with this litterless lunch vision.
Richmond Jewish Day School
Richmond, British Columbia
We updated our logo and uniforms this year so we collected our old uniforms and are learning how to prepare and weave the shirts into baskets that we raffled off during Chanukah. It takes about 10 shirts to make one of these baskets. We are still figuring out what we can do with the old uniform pants and have been looking into shredding them to make dog beds for our local shelter.
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.
Young Israel of Southfield
All of the details are not finalized, but the project would entail education about single use plastic and waste prevention surrounding school lunch. We will examine a student's average lunch and the amount of waste that is produced. Then we will examine the alternatives and explore how we can implement those changes by doing a raffle of planet box lunch boxes and reusable silverware, etc. Then we will also share lunch ideas of what can be packed in the planet box.
Young Israel of Southfield
We are using cloth table cloths, compostable paper plates, compostable silverware, bamboo napkins, compostable cups. We must spend extra money to launder the table cloths every week and money for the premium cost of compostable products.
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.
Congregation Adath Jeshurun
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Instead of putting crumbs into Tookany Creek, we will clean up around the creek to keep trash and debris from polluting the water, hence the reverse Tashlich. And the double mitzvah comes from doing this at High School Road Park after Arts in the Park when all the volunteers are exhausted. We will be doing a mitzvah for our community and our watershed! - unfortunately this effort was rained out, but we will be continuing the effort in 2023