1. Our Synagogue Board/Council has a written and approved environmental policy in place.
3. Special Sermonds about environmental issues are delivered in our Synagogue
3. Our Synagogue encourages members to limit their waste by adhering to the principles of reduce, re-use, refill, recycle.
5. Our synagogue encourages members to plant at home, in allotments and where possible
in communal gardens and grow some of their own food.
6. Our Synagogue encourages the ethical investment of personal savings and pensions. (e.g., current account and/or investments).
11. Our Synagogue encourages members to reduce their personal energy consumption in the way they heat and light their homes and places of work.
12. Our Synagogue encourages members to reduce their personal energy consumption in the way they insulate their homes and places of work.
13. Our Synagogue takes part in food cooperatives and encourages members to join in bulk buying ethically sourced produce at wholesale prices.
14. Our Synagogue invests its funds ethically, and rates the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) sustainability of its portfolio (e.g., with MSCI or another rating organisation)
1. The land/premises at our synagogue includes areas set aside for growing fruits and
vegetables and encouraging native wildlife and plants (e.g. indoor plants, vertical garden, grass-cutting schedules, bird boxes, bird feeders etc.).
2. Our Synagogue’s members engage in wildlife friendly gardening and horticulture on its grounds.
5. We have measured our energy use and calculated the carbon footprint of our Synagogue building(s) within the past three to five years.
6. We have set targets for reducing the carbon footprint of our Synagogue building(s) in order to achieve year on year improvements in energy efficiency.
7. We offset the carbon footprint of our Synagogue building(s) through ecologically sound channels in those areas in which we cannot reduce it.
8. The energy (e.g., electricity) supplied to our Synagogue building(s) is generated from renewable resources and/or charged according to our supplier’s ‘green tariff’.
9. In terms of energy efficiency, the boiler on our Synagogue premises is rated… (an engineer should be able to determine this as part of the annual service).
10. Our Synagogue premises are insulated wherever possible in our: a) main sanctuary; b) our halls; c) our offices and classrooms.
12. The lighting in our Synagogue building(s) uses energy-efficient light bulbs in our: a) main sanctuary; b) our halls; c) our offices and classrooms.
23. Any disposable catering products (e.g., paper cups and plates etc.) provided by our community administration are…
25. Recycled toilet paper is provided by our community administration.
26. Recycling facilities are available through our community administration, for paper, glass, cans, plastics, fabrics, TerraCycle or similar
6. Vegetarian and/or vegan options are provided by the Synagogue at meals / catered events.
Lara Balsam, Director, Jewish Vegetarian Society writes for EcoSynagogue, “Your diet could change the world!”
12. Our Synagogue is involved with local conservation work.