Green Team

Green Team

Adath Shalom Green Team Earns First GreenFaith Energy Shield Awarded to Congregation

The Green Team is very proud to announce that Adath Shalom is the first congregation in the country to earn the GreenFaith Energy Shield. To earn the Shield, the congregation: integrated energy topics into worship services; related Jewish teachings about energy to children, teens and adults; analyzed facility energy usage and took steps to reduce that usage; and gave congregants tools and resources to save energy at home. We will be prominently and proudly displaying the Energy Shield banner at Adath Shalom and we will be keeping energy conservation and sustainability as important principles in all we do and teach. GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental organization headquartered in Highland Park, N.J. that awards the Energy Shield, has cited Adath Shalom’s comprehensive and effective approach to responsible energy use and to reducing the carbon footprint of the synagogue and its members.

The Green Team’s diverse programs have included two interfaith discussions with members of the Christian and Muslim faiths, a tour of environmentally-sensitive sites in the Ironbound section of Newark, an eco-cruise of the Hackensack River, a program explaining how to green one’s home, a program discussing the protection of New Jersey’s Highlands and an initiative to use energy-efficient lighting throughout our building.

The Green Team’s mission is to:

  1. Incorporate environmental stewardship into the maintenance of the Synagogue
  2. Promote environmental stewardship and awareness in the Adath Shalom community and beyond
  3. Emphasize through religious observance and in other ways the Jewish teachings and traditions to preserve and sustain the environment
  4. Promote actions that demonstrate our commitment

We are excited about what we are creating, and would love to have your participation, your comments and your suggestions. Contact Bill Friedman, Green Team Chair.

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