Y of Washington Heights Roof Gardener Monica Ibacache
JASA cleaning products
Bronx House Teens Farmers Market - edited
SIJCC-solar-camp-tour-2-2013
PCM JCCC - edited
Edibles Book
Mirele Leading Green - edited

Monica Ibacache works on the Y of Washington Heights' roof garden.

Green cleaning products line the shelves at JASA.

Teens sell fresh produce at the Bronx House farmer's market.

Kids happily hold up "Solar Power" signs in front of the solar panels on the roof of the Staten Island JCC.

Jewish climate activists, including Hazon founder Nigel Savage and solar energy developer Yossi Abramowitz, proudly represented the Jewish Climate Change Campaign at the People's Climate March.

A book about edible food in the natural world helped educate JGF Fellows on the Stone Barns Edibles and Farm tour.

Former JGF Director Mirele Goldsmith leads a breakout session about greening facilities at the UJA and Hazon Leading Green Conference.

Resources for Organizations

The JGF has given us the impetus to do more and to highlight greening as a central part of our mission.  The JGF helps make it clear that greening is not just one person’s goal.  Having the grant validates it hugely.  The validation is worth more than the actual dollars – especially for the board.
—Rabbi Valerie Lieber, Kane Street Synagogue
 

We are committed to assisting Jewish organizations integrate environmental sustainability into their mission, programs, and operations.  Here are some resources for getting started on your own green initiative:

Advocacy

Interfaith Power and Light: This national coalition provides a religious response to climate change and supports congregations in taking action to address global warming.

Earth Guardians: Earth Guardians is a youth environmental movement. Sign up with a crew of young adults to take environmental action.

The Jewish Climate Change Campaign: Visit this website or “like” the Jewish Climate Change Campaign Facebook page to remain an active member of the Jewish response to climate change.

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life: The COEJL promotes Jewish collective action to protect the environment.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: This organization promotes social justice advocacy.

Branding and Institutional Change

Jewish Energy Guide: The Jewish Energy Guide presents a Jewish approach to the challenges of tackling climate change, greening our institutions, and advocating for cleaner energy.

A Brief Introduction to Change Management”:  Learn how to facilitate transformative change in your institution.

All Together Now: A step-by-step program that helps build disaster resilient communities.

Risky Business Report on Making the Case for Change: Jewish organizations, like governments, are prone to “short termism.”  Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States warns that it is time to factor climate change into long-term business decisions and create a plan to mitigate your exposure to risk.

Books and Movies

Books

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy by Mark Schapiro

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Don’t Even Think About It by George Marshall

What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming by Per Epsen Stoknes

Collapse by Jared Diamond

The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?  by Joel Kovel

Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, by Bill McKibben

Requiem for a Species, by Clive Hamilton

The Flooded Earth: Our Future in a World Without Ice Caps by Peter D. Ward

Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction by Gerry Canavan  (Editor), Kim Stanley Robinson (Editor)

A Buddhist Response to The Climate Emergency by John Stanley (Editor), David R. Loy  (Editor), Gyurme Dorje (Editor)

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, by James Hansen

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Foods, by Michael Pollan

The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future, by Paul Sabin

Green Intelligence: Creating Environments that Protect Human Health, by John Wargo

A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There, by Aldo Leopold

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, by Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins, and Paul Hawken

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Movies

The Lorax (1972)

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

King Corn (2007)

Food, Inc. (2008)

WALL-E (2008)
Disruption: Climate. Change. (2014)

Energy Efficiency and Solar

Cool Climate Calculator: Use this calculator to estimate your organization’s carbon footprint in an easy to manage, simple manner that will help you track your progress as you take steps to become more energy efficient.

Jewish Energy Guide: The Jewish Energy Guide presents a Jewish approach to the challenges of tackling climate change, greening our institutions, and advocating for cleaner energy.

Yale Sustainability: Yale’s Office of Sustainability has useful informational posters about different environmental topics, including energy efficiency.

Jewish Energy Efficiency Upgrades Webinar: Learn how to successfully create and fund energy efficiency projects from experts at the 14th Street Y, University of Wisconsin Hillel, and Yeshiva University.

Low Carbon Diet: Use this information to determine how to get your institution running on a low carbon footprint.

JGF Group Solar Project: Representatives from the Jewish Greening Fellowship share lessons they learned from their solar projects.

Energy Star: Energy Star provides useful tips and information about procuring energy efficient products.

DSIRE: The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency provides funding opportunities for clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades across the US, listed by state.

Food

Hazon’s Guides to Healthy and Sustainable Holidays: Hazon’s guides to Shabbat, Kiddush, Tu B’Shvat, Hanukkah, Passover, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah, Shavuot, and Purim will show you how to make the right food choices for your holiday meal.

Yale Sustainability: Yale’s Office of Sustainability has useful informational posters about different environmental topics, including food.

Jewish Farm School: The Jewish Farm School offers programs that connect farming and Judaism.

Alumot Garden Curriculum: Check out this curriculum for sustainable agriculture tips.

Hazon’s Food for Thought: Hazon’s sourcebook on Jews, food, and contemporary life.

Hazon’s Produce Guide: Hazon’s guide to kosher sustainable produce purchases.

Equal Exchange: Equal Exchange is a fair trade work cooperative that provides sustainable food products and partners with interfaith organizations.

EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce: Environmental Working Group offers lists of the safest and most dangerous fruits and vegetables, as measured by pesticide content.

Gardening and Grounds

Jewish Children’s Garden Curriculum: Structured environmental activities and learning programs for Jewish early childhood programs.

National Gardening Association: This organization provides opportunities to apply for grants for gardening equipment, curriculum, etc.

Alumot Garden Curriculum: This curriculum, developed by the Jewish Farm School, contains useful sustainable agriculture tips.

Rainwater Harvesting 101: Irrigate your grounds with reclaimed water. Learn how with GrowNYC’s Rainwater Harvesting 101.

Eartheasy: Learn about which lawn care chemicals are safe to use.

Beyond Pesticides: This website provides a wealth of information about sustainable pest and weed management.

Chas. C. Hart Seed Co.: Contact the Chas. C. Hart Seed Co. to request a donation of free seeds for your garden.

Green Products and Purchasing

Yale Sustainability: Yale’s Office of Sustainability has useful informational posters about different environmental topics, including green products.

Canfei Nesharim: An easy-to-use list of home recipes for green cleaning products.

Grassroots Environmental Education: Home recipes for cleaning products and a list of suggested product providers.

Responsible Purchasing Network: An international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

Eco-Products, Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Susty Party all sell sustainable products.

EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning: The Environmental Working Group provides safety ratings on more than 2,000 products.

Kids and Education

Bash the Trash: This fun troupe of musicians offers workshops about how to make musical instruments out of waste materials.

Earth Guardians: Earth Guardians is a youth environmental movement. Sign up with a crew of young adults to take environmental action.

The Natural Resources Defense Council: Educational resources for teaching kids about the environment.

Jewish Energy Guide: The Jewish Energy Guide presents a Jewish approach to the challenges of tackling climate change, greening our institutions, and advocating for cleaner energy.

Heschel-Inspired Pesach Haggadah Supplement: The Heschel Center for Sustainability created this seder supplement which focuses on social, environmental, and economic issues in Israel.

Tu B’Shevat Seder and Haggadah: Canfei Nesharim provides many resources for facilitating Tu B’Shevat programming.

Hazon’s Sourcebooks and Curricula: Sourcebooks and guides on everything from Tu B’Shevat to Shabbat Dinner.

Greenfaith’s Green Worship Guide: Rabbi Larry Troster created this great resource for congregations and camps to green their prayer services:

CABE Green School Day: A helpful, in-depth guide with over 100 lesson plans for a Green Day at school to teach young children about climate change and the built environment.

Jewish Guide to the People’s Climate March: Activities, resources, and Jewish texts on climate change targeted towards teens.

Making Greening Jewish

Jewish Environmental Source Library: Over 400 texts, source sheets, and Divrei Torah (talks and sermons.)

Greenfaith Resources: Sermons, webinars, and tips for houses of worship about spirit, stewardship, and justice.

Jewish Energy Guide: The Jewish Energy Guide presents a Jewish approach to the challenges of tackling climate change, greening our institutions, and advocating for cleaner energy.

Heschel-Inspired Pesach Haggadah Supplement: The Heschel Center for Sustainability created this seder supplement which focuses on social, environmental, and economic issues in Israel, drawing inspiration from the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Holy Use: Relating to Resources Sustainably: Article by Yonatan Neril that discusses Jewish sources about reuse.

Tu B’Shevat Seder and Haggadah: Canfei Nesharim provides many resources for facilitating Tu B’Shevat programming.

Hazon’s Sourcebooks and Curricula: Sourcebooks and guides on everything from Tu B’Shevat to Shabbat Dinner.

Greenfaith’s Green Worship Guide: Great resource for congregations and camps on how to incorporate environmentalism into prayer services.

Canfei Nesharim: Ten tips for celebrating an environmentally friendly Purim.

Hazon’s Guides to Healthy and Sustainable Holidays: Hazon’s guides to Shabbat, Kiddush, Tu B’Shvat, Hanukkah, Passover, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah, Shavuot, and Purim will show you how to green your Jewish celebration.

Waste Reduction

Story of Stuff – Videos and educational resources about consumerism that explore how our everyday choices are connected to global environmental, economic, and social challenges – and how we can work together to create a more healthy and just world.

Yale Sustainability: Yale’s Office of Sustainability has useful informational posters about different environmental topics, including waste.

Grow NYC Stop & Swap: Grow NYC can help plan a Stop & Swap at your organization or give you resources for you to plan one yourself.

Neshamah Project: Start a Gemach, which is a lending library where people can share items they don’t necessarily need to own, like power tools and party supplies.

Repair Cafe: Start a Repair Cafe, where people can help each other fix items they would have discarded.

Build It Green NYC: Build It Green picks up large donations of reusable building materials and also donates materials and lumber to non-profits and gardens.

SIMS Municipal Recycling: SIMS provides curbside recycling services in New York City and multiple types of recycling services around the world.

Jewcology: 12 tips for reducing food waste from Jewcology.