Project Category: Waste Prevention/Material Management

The Fresh Air Society

Ortonville, Michigan

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.

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia

We are progressiving reducing the environmental impact of our office space. We recently just started collecting compost, which is now being sent to the JCC's compost system.

Hillel of Metro Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Hillel of Metro Detroit will purchase eco-friendly to-go containers so students can take home leftovers after a program. If there is still leftovers, the food will be packaged and put into a community fridge.

Habonim Dror Camp Miriam Society

Vancouver, British Columbia

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.

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.

Congregation Beth Ahm

West Bloomfield, Michigan

CBAHM will be purchasing non-disposable beverage bottles for congregants. Upon receipt of the bottle, participants agree not to purchase single use water bottles. The goal is to make congregants aware of the problem with single use plastics to their health and the environment, and to encourage congregants to make changes in their homes.

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.

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation

Skokie, Illinois

Our joint congregations have re-started kiddush! For now we are holding them outside. Up until this point, they have included pre-packed items like pretzels, candy, etc. We would like to move toward more plant-based and vegan kiddushes that are also compostable. We will buy organic fruits and vegetables for kiddush and also pay the local composting service (Collective Resources) for food scrap pick up so that the event would produce no/less waste, as well as being much healthier. We would also use the opportunity to educate about composting and plant-based diets.

Bruce's Minyan of Mole People

New York, New York

We are building a 3 bin compost system to collect the food waste from our Shabbat Kiddush, so we don't send anything to the landfill anymore. We hope to complete this by the end of June 2022.

Detroit Jews for Justice

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Jews for Justice has recently resumed in-person gatherings, which involve food! We would like to buy compostable single-use dishes, and enroll in composting services through Midtown Composting.

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