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Green Team

As Jews and responsible world citizens, we at Adath Emanu-El put green principles into practice to the best our abilities and make Adath Emanu-El a leading example of environmental friendliness, consciousness, and justice in order to sustain the world l'dor vador, not only for this generation but for all future generations to come.

We will integrate green best practices in all aspects of:

- Our operations: recycling, composting, using green cleaning products, conserving resources (energy, water, paper, food).

- Our education: incorporating environmental issues in our religious school program and in our adult-education curriculum

- Our religious practices: including earth-themed traditions and liturgy, promote inter-denominational cooperation on green issues.

Green Tips At the Office

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle paper, cardboard and newspapers
  • Set printer defaults to duplex
  • Recycle bottles, cans and glass
  • Recycle printer cartridges, electronics and batteries
  • Recycle organic materials
  • Bring your own coffee cup and water bottle
  • Use dishes and silverware, not disposable food ware
  • Try the Commute Alternative Program
  • Set up a carpool even a couple days a month
  • Ride the train even a few days a week
  • Walk, bike or take the bus
  • Carpool to off-site meetings
  • Conference call instead of traveling when possible
  • Drink Hetch Hetchy, not bottled water
  • Take the stairs, not the elevators
  • Use a power switch for all your electronics
  • Flip the switch when you leave (lights, computers, other electronics)
  • Ask for a hybrid from the motor pool
  • Help your office become a certified "Green Business"
  • Submit green ideas to the Green Team via the Green Portal
  • Be a green example
At Home
  • Replace household bulbs with compact fluorescent lights
  • Install timer systems on heat and air systems
  • Insulate with recycled denim
  • Have a home energy audit
  • Consider green power options
  • Compost your organic waste in bins available from RecycleWorks
  • Build green when constructing or re-modeling your home
  • Recycle books through used bookstores
  • Use cloth napkins and tablecloths
  • Use less hot water
  • Install a clothes line - air-dry your clothes
In the Garden
  • Plant a green space at home or in your community
  • Collect and re-use rainwater for irrigation
  • Install a drip irrigation system in your garden
  • Replace your lawn with groundcover to reduce water usage
  • Plant trees
  • Give trees to others to plant
At the Market
  • Take reusable grocery bags to the market
  • Buy local, eat local - shop at farmer's markets
  • Purchase EnergyStar appliances
  • Purchase products with high recycled content
  • Patronize Green Businesses in the Bay Area
  • Suggest that your local businesses consider green practices
Getting Around
  • Ride your bicycle or walk around your community
  • Drive a hybrid, electric, or bio-diesel vehicle (or scooter)
  • Maintain your car to improve gas mileage
  • Set up a carpool board in your community
  • Advocate for more bike lanes in your community
With your free time
  • Share your green efforts with your children, family and friends
  • Volunteer with reforestation projects
  • Donate household items for re-use
  • Advocate for green practices at work
And the most important one of all: Analyze and reduce your carbon footprint! 
Sat, July 20 2019 17 Tammuz 5779