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October 8, 2015 | 25th Tishrei 5776

GUCI (URJ Myron S. Goldman Union Camp-Institute)

Zionsville, IN

GUCI is working to green their facilities and operations as well as amplify their environmental education and programming. On the facilities side, they recently completed a new performing arts center designed to optimize energy efficiency by cutting energy use when the center is not occupied. Last fall, GUCI underwent a major septic system upgrade, reducing water and energy use throughout their system. The camp now recycles all cardboard from the kitchen, cutting a major source of landfill waste.

The Avodah (work-study) program at GUCI recently formed their own "Green Team," which leads efforts to increase awareness and activity on sustainability issues across camp. Their initial projects included creating recycling bins to place around camp for soda cans, managing a battery recycling program and raising awareness through "green living" skits performed at all-camp meals. The education goes beyond Avodah, with eco-friendly unit programming for all ages added to every session at camp.

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