- Apply Here!
- Complete your Registration – This will entail submitting the signed letter of agreement and a board resolution indicating your organization’s commitment to the program and the board’s support. This step is very important to your success! In addition, depending on your organization’s annual budget, you will be requested to pay a sliding scale fee to Hazon to offset program cost (see amounts detailed below under FAQs).
- Start / Strengthen your Green Team – Build a green team, or strengthen an existing team. The green team should include one specific Hazon Seal point person who is ideally a staff member.
- Publicize your Participation – An executive leader (rabbi, ED, principal, etc) announces participation in the Hazon Seal to members, the board, and other constituencies. Organization publicizes its participation and sustainability work, including posting the Hazon Seal logo, to community via social media using the hashtag #hazonseal, website, and/or newsletter. Organization commits to writing 1-2 blog posts for publication on Hazon website and beyond.
- Take an Audit – The audit benchmarks the institution’s current performance and highlights its stronger and weaker areas, while providing ideas and inspiration for new sustainability projects. Each audit is divided into potential projects that break down to concrete suggested activities. The green team and/or leadership choose which of the three audits (food, facilities, or ecosystems) will be most helpful to the institution, based on its needs and goals. Of course, you may take two or three, but you are only required to take one. View the Audit here.
- Schedule Consulting Calls with Hazon staff – The organization participates in at least two phone calls with Hazon staff to review progress and receive support and resources. The first call will take place after you complete your audit. Your audit results will allow us to make an informed decision about your projects for the year.
- Implement Substantive Sustainability Projects – The green team, in conjunction with institutional leaders, commits to and executes substantive sustainability projects that have a long lasting impact and facilitate institutional change.
- Participate in Hazon Seal Training Webinars – Join greening support and training webinars with other Hazon Seal institutions to learn about a variety of sustainability topics.
- Track your Impact – Collect statistics on project impact, both with regard to the environment and with regard to community engagement. For example, the number of people affected/participating, amount of food composted, etc. Document your work through photos and video.
- Report on your Success! – Submit an End-of-Year progress report (with photos) to confirm that you have successfully completed your projects, or made substantive progress in executing them.
- Renew your Commitment – Renew your organization’s commitment to sustainability by setting even higher goals for the following year: Plan your new projects and take the opportunity (strongly encouraged) to continue participating in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Resources to help meet their improvement goals:
- Access to our three innovative online audits
- Consulting with national experts on food, facilities, and more
- Discounts on green products, including compostables
- Individualized support and planning with Hazon greening staff
- Cohort training events, including webinars on greening topics
- Scholarships to Hazon conferences
- A cohort of peers to learn with and from
- National publicity
- Eligibility for Hazon Seal of Sustainability certification
- Publicly announce your participation in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability
- Pay a sliding scale fee to Hazon to offset program costs
- Build a Green Team or strengthen an existing team. The green team should include one specific Hazon Seal point person who is ideally a staff member
- Complete at least 1 of the 3 Hazon Seal audits
- Accomplish at least 3 substantive sustainability projects
- At year’s end, commit to new sustainability projects for the following year
Institutions participating in the Hazon Seal pay a sliding scale fee based on their annual budget:
- Institutions with budgets under $500,000 pay $180
- Institutions with budgets $500,000 – $1 million pay $500
- Institutions with budgets $1 million – $2.5 million pay $1000
- Institutions with budgets over $2.5 million are determined in consultation with Hazon
However, cost should not be a barrier to participation. Scholarships are available to reduce or waive the fee if necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if cost is a concern.
- Rabbis, cantors, executive directors, programming directors, teachers
- Board members and lay leaders
- Non-profit Jewish communal organizations in the United States such as synagogues, JCCs, social service agencies, camps, foundations/federations, and schools.
- Institutions that both own and rent their buildings/spaces.