Congregations Going Green

“Going green” is more than just recycling paper or driving an electric car (although these are great ideas!). For synagogues, going green is about making environmental justice a focus of their community. It might include analyzing your building’s electricity usage and waste, moving to environmentally cleaning chemicals, or even hosting a film and discussion about a serious environmental concern (Food, Inc., or An Inconvenient Truth are two great examples).

For 15 URJ congregations, these efforts have only been the tip of their (environmental justice) iceberg. By participating in GreenFaith’s one-of-a-kind Certification Program, these congregations have become environmental leaders in their communities and beyond. They’ve planted gardens, held environment-themed services, hosted interfaith gatherings, and advocated for more stringent carbon standards.

One congregation just reported $30,000 in annual savings as a result of some of the changes GreenFaith helped them make. Just imagine where that money could go!

Through the Reform Movement’s unique partnership with GreenFaith, we are actively seeking one more congregation to participate in the two-year, lay-driven Certification Program. There is no cost to join this cohort, and interested congregations should contact Isaac Nuell at either 202-387-2800 or

PS – If you’re interested in environmental justice, but can’t yet get your congregation involved, check out GreenFaith’s Fellowship Program. In this one-year intensive program, you can become a leader in environmental justice while meeting members of other faiths with similar passions.

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Isaac Nuell

About Isaac Nuell

Isaac Nuell is the Religious Action Center's Manager of Congregational Social Action and oversees much of our program support, resource development, and strategic partnerships. In this position, he also serves as the URJ's Disaster Relief Coordinator. Isaac joined the RAC staff as a conference planner in 2009, and spent the three years prior working with NFTY, the Reform Movement's youth organization.

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