Case Studies

How Did They Do It? Stories of Successful Greening

Greening is a process of constant learning and growth. The rewards can be immense — saving money, helping the climate, and energizing your community. But the task can seem daunting.

Thankfully, you don’t have to reinvent the (green) wheel. Staff, volunteers, and activists at Jewish organizations have already put into place countless successful greening projects. We invite you to learn from these organizations’ experiences as you green your institution.

In each of the case studies below, we explore a particular greening project and present relevant resources, education ideas, and Jewish values.


Sustainable Kiddush

Reducing Waste at Kane Street Synagogue

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Paper Reduction

Saving Paper at the JCC of Staten Island


Environmental Education

Building a Nature Classroom at Mid-Island Y JCC





Solar Energy

Installing Solar Panels at Greenburgh Hebrew Center