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Congregation Beth Israel Joins GreenFaith Environmental Program

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Congregation Beth Israel is accepted into the GreenFaith

Congregation Beth Israel Joins GreenFaith Environmental Program

Temple Shalom of Aberdeen, N.J., another participant of the program, working with young members of the congregation to plant seeds in the community garden.

 

Congregation Beth Israel, a Reconstructionist Jewish community based in Media, Pennsylvania, has announced its participation in the GreenFaith interfaith program for environmental leadership. Beth Israel is the first Reconstructionist congregation to join the GreenFaith certification program, joining more than 65 other houses of worship.

The GreenFaith program follows a two-year certification process that includes programs for spiritual practices, physical stewardship, and environmental justice. Beth Israel has already completed several audits of its energy usage, waste handling, and grounds maintenance.  

The synagogue recently completed an overhaul of its heating systems which included conversion of the heating plant from oil to gas, replacement of old inefficient equipment and upgrade of the building's controls and zoning capabilities. The results:

a better heat delivery;
a projected 30% reduction in fuel usage and related emissions; and
an expected reduction of more than three-quarters in heating costs.

All of this will save more than $10,000 per year.

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