Green Chevra

 

 

Our Mission

To work with the congregation to develop an environmentally sustainable synagogue, community, country, and world, guided by Jewish values.

 

 

 

Climate change demonstrators
 

What the Green Chevra Does

  • Collects leftover food from Shabbat Kiddush and donates it to the Open Arms shelter
  • Oversees recycling of plastics at Shabbat kiddushes and Judaica Craft Show
  • Offers educational programs on topics such as plastics and the environment, renewable energy in the US and Israel, and climate change
  • Presents annual Tu B’Shevat seders, linking Jewish spiritual traditions to environmental concerns
  • Sends BAS reps to environmental demonstrations such as the People’s Climate March
  • Works with BAS administration to make sure the synagogue building follows best environmental practices

What You Can Do

  • Help to deliver leftover Kiddush food to the Open Arms shelter (reduces waste, performs a mitzvah). Click here to volunteer.
  • Recycle at shul and at home (reduces waste)
  • Don’t idle your car (reduces greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Bring your own cup to Kiddush and meetings (reduces waste and use of resources)
  • Carry a refillable water bottle, instead of a plastic throwaway
  • Carry a reusable tote bag, instead of a plastic throwaway
  • Help to create and present Green Chevra programs
  • Attend Green Chevra programs to learn more about environmental issues and what you can do about them

 

 More actions you can take to help the environment:

 

  • It's a new state law: Used electronics (TVs, computers, fax machines, CD and DVD players, etc.) must be recycled. Click here to find out how and where.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated and seal off drafts. The plastic film on windows is inexpensive, easy to install yourself and very effective.
  • Turn it off!  Don't let your car idle. You'll save money and gas and avoid pollution and car wear-and-tear.  Example: 10 seconds of idling uses more gas than restarting. 
  • Use fewer paper towels and use more cloth dishtowels, dishrags and sponges  Why?  Our forests are being clear-cut for paper, and being replaced by monocultures.  Without the resilience of bio-diversity, the new forests are subject to disease, drought and infestation.
  • Switch to LED light bulbs. LED's save a lot of money and typically use 5-15% of the energy and last longer than normal incandescent lights. They do not have the mercury that compact florescent lights have.
  • Bring your own take-home containers to restaurants.
  • Consider composting your kitchen wasteLearn more.
  • Save on electric bills: Turn off computers at night and when going on vacation.
  • Keep old clothes and bedding out of the waste stream. Donate them or, if they're in poor condition, bring them to the Gedney Recycling Yard in White Plains or the Spin Green Bin at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale.
  • Don't throw out old furniture. If it's still usable, donate it to the Furniture Sharehouse.
  • Try drying your laundry outdoors on sunny days. 
  • Switch your electricity supplier (ESCO) to a sustainable one like Ethical Electric.  It may be cheaper than Con Ed and supports the emerging wind energy industry. 
  • When going away for more than a day, turn the hot water heater to Vacation setting and turn your cooling system to its highest setting in summer and your heating to its lowest setting in winter.
  • Do not flush unused medications down the toilet!  The chemicals pollute our waterways.  Bring them to the County Household Materials Recovery Facility. Or, deliver them downtown White Plains.
  • Raise your thermostat in summer. Most homes will feel comfortable at 78°. Supplement with small fans as needed.
  • Bring reusable picnicware to potlucks.
  • Buy recycled paper products and help save forests and prevent the destruction of biodiversity.  
  • When buying a new car, get the most fuel-efficient possible.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Pack lunches in reusable containers.  Buy snacks in bulk and send them along in a reusable container.
  • Lower your thermostat in winter. Many people find 65 or 66 degrees Fahrenheit adequate. Sweaters and warm clothing are cheaper and more environmentally sound supplements than burning fossil fuels.
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full.
  • Buy environmentally friendly cleaners for your home and clothing.
  • Don’t buy new clothing or goods if you don’t need them.

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