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August 28, 2015 | 13th Elul 5775

Barnert Temple,
Franklin Lakes, NJ

Pre-Pilot Greening Efforts
Our monthly newsletter contains a "Green Tip of the Month" column. Our preschool's hot lunch program switched to reusable plates, cups and silverware rather than throwaway items. Although we are not required by the town to recycle, we use a portion of our funds to pay for recycling of our glass, paper and plastics. We are building a garden that will be used by everyone, from our preschoolers to our adult congregants. Several years ago, we distributed energy efficient light bulbs to our congregants.

Our Green Team
Last year there were approximately six people on the committee, most of whom were Social Action Committee members. This year we are expanding the committee since we are undertaking GreenFaith certification.

The first part of the GreenFaith Certification curriculum includes conducting an audit. How are you conducting your energy audit?
At this time we have not completely finalized our committee members but we have several congregants who have some experience in this field and are hoping to use them for this project.

Areas of Focus
During the High Holy Days we encourage congregants to carpool to the synagogue. Environmental education is part of all school curricula - preschool through religious school. We recycle all paper, glass and plastics #1-5. We are building a congregational garden and we compost.

Major Goals
Tikkun olam (repairing the world) is an important facet of our congregation's mission. We feel it is of the utmost importance to respect, nurture and care for the world we live in.

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