Welcome to Shaaray Tefila’s Newest Initiative
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The Green Team
Our mission is to inspire our community to be stewards of the earth, consistent with our collective beliefs and with our commandments. Through our various initiatives and actions our focus is on helping reduce our carbon footprint and making our Temple campus a model of environmental stewardship.
THE WORK HAS ALREADY BEGUN...
OUR 2020/2021 ACTION STEPS
We have joined a local community solar project
to enable renewable energy in New York State
- We are enabling a solar energy project to be built in New York.
- We are helping reduce greenhouse gases in the electricity grid.
- We are saving the temple money! (We will be receiving a 10 percent discount on our electric bills)
WE HAVE DONE AN ENERGY AUDIT
to assess TST’s energy use in the Main Building, Sanctuary and School Building
- We are initiating many big & small actions to reduce TST’’s carbon footprint
- We now have the information to take steps towards upgrading our heating and air conditioning systems, adding temperature controls for heat and air conditioning and even changing more light bulbs
What Can You Do?
- Schedule a home energy audit
- Improve your home’s energy efficiency simply, from your thermostat settings to your light bulbs
- Consider changing your heating and air conditioning system to more efficient electric options
- Check for resources at Bedford 2030
WE ARE PLANTING OAK TREES THIS SPRING
to help capture carbon and to support natural wildlife around the Temple property
- Oak trees are native to this region and by choosing to plant native trees (or shrubs or plants) that have always grown in this area, we are doing our part to support the native birds, bees butterflies and other necessary pollinators that help to create a healthy ecosystem
- We will be bringing lots of new life and vibrancy to our Temple grounds
- Trees and plants capture carbon from the atmosphere and help reduce our carbon footprint and the more we plant, the better
What Can You Do?
- Plant “native” at home this spring
- Support landscapers who understand the importance of native plantings
- Think “Diversity” -- A balanced landscape, one that has many different plantings, creates a network and a more robust ecosystem.
- Look into planting more than one thing, and with a little research, you will find there are many beautiful native options
- Watch for updates on the oak tree planting at the Temple
- For more information, check out the Native Plant Center
Message from Rabbi Wilfond
In Genesis, Chapter 2, our Torah reads that God took man and placed him in the garden of Eden, to till it and tend it.
Thank you to our Green Team Committee…
Interested in joining the Green Team?
Our Green Team Committee
- Ellen Chassin
- Gary Cohn
- Lesa Levine Greenfield
- Joe Grossman
- Sue Heifitz
- Cathy Hildenbrand
- Bob Karpel
- Karen Sabath (chair)
- Jill Seraita
- Susan Shaw
- Karen Spiegel
- Brenda Yates
- Harriett Zeller