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Greening Your Building

Green Congregation - Congregation Beth DavidWhen you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it. (Deuteronomy 22:8)

Usually when you think of a greenhouse you think of horticulture, right? Well, the times they are a changin’. Now you can have a green house – or building, as the case may be. Use these resources to make your house of worship and your house of living energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Energy Audit
Conducting an energy audit is an important first step toward greening your congregation and is a great way to engage your youth group in eco-friendly behavior. Plus, implementing changes after your audit could save households almost $400 a year!

Greening Guides
The Room-by-Room and Conservation Category guides offer conservation suggestions you can start using in your home or congregation today!

Green Consumerism
Consider the environmental impacts of your everyday purchases from office and classroom supplies, to your printing choices and to products used for celebrations and lifecycle events.

Funding Sources
Learn about the different funding opportunities available to congregations that are greening their facilities.

Congregational Best Practices
Find out what other Union congregations are doing and share your own greening story.

Union Resources and Publications

Just Table, Green Table

At the Toronto Biennial, Rabbi Yoffie called for a commitment to ethical eating, asking synagogue leaders to "carefully, thoughtfully, Jewishly" formulate new eating guidelines for their communities. Download resources and program guides for developing new food policies, planting community gardens, and educating membership about righteous, healthy eating. More

 
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