3. Our Synagogue encourages members to limit their waste by adhering to the
principles of reduce, re-use, refill, recycle.

Learn about refilling, reusing and bulk buying from Wefil

 

6. Our Synagogue encourages the ethical investment of personal savings and
pensions. (e.g., current account and/or investments).

How can we invest our money ethically?

 

11.Our Synagogue encourages members to reduce their personal energy
consumption in the way they heat and light their homes and places of worship.

Encouraging members to reduce personal energy consumption

 

12.Our Synagogue encourages members to reduce their personal energy
consumption in the way they insulate their homes and places of work.

Encouraging members to reduce personal energy consumption

 

13.Our Synagogue takes part in food cooperatives and encourages members to
join in bulk buying ethically sourced produce at wholesale prices.

Learn about refilling, reusing and bulk buying from Wefil

 

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)

How can we invest our money ethically?

5. We have measured our energy use and calculated the carbon footprint of our
Synagogue building(s) within the past three to five years.

Carbon Footprint Calculation for Synagogue

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.

Carbon Footprint Calculation for Synagogue

 

7. We offset the carbon footprint of our Synagogue building(s) through
ecologically sound channels in those areas in which we cannot reduce it.

Carbon Footprint Calculation for Synagogue

 

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’.

Energy from renewable resources & synagogue insulation

 

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).

How to determine your boiler’s rating

 

10. Our Synagogue premises are insulated wherever possible in our: a) main
sanctuary; b) our halls; c) our offices and classrooms.

Six things to consider when looking to improve the environmental credentials of your community building

Energy from renewable resources & synagogue insulation

 

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.

Halogen vs LED replacement

 

23.Any disposable catering products (e.g., paper cups and plates etc.) provided by
our community administration are…

What is the difference between compostable & biodegradable – what should our community do?

 

26. Recycling facilities are available through our community administration, for
paper, glass, cans, plastics, fabrics, TerraCycle or similar

How easy is it really, to recycle?

 

3. Our Synagogue is committed to raising awareness for a specific environmental
issue and financially supports an environmental charity/organisation working on
this issue.

Plant Trees with JTree

 

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!”

 

20. Our Synagogue participates in campaigns concerning national environmental
issues.

Monitoring air pollution in your area and campaigning