At the Jewish Alliance, we are always looking for ways to better live into our mission, collaborate with other agencies, and make not just our Jewish community, but our entire Rhode Island community, stronger and more vibrant. And like so many of you, we are concerned about the future of our planet. For the last year or so, we have been thinking a lot about our impact on the environment. The Book of Kohelet states, “One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the Earth remains forever.” It is incredibly important that we do our part to preserve our planet for future generations. To that end, I’m excited to share some of the big things we have been working on.
Since 2018, we have been exploring ways that the Alliance and the Dwares JCC can move toward sustainable energy consumption. I’m excited to announce that later this year, the Alliance will start receiving renewable energy credits from an offsite solar project, supporting clean, renewable power generation while also reducing our energy costs! Even better, we have been able to leverage our size as an organization to help other Jewish agencies and synagogues receive the same benefits and savings from this conversion that the Alliance will realize. This creates an opportunity for us to collaborate with each other and to maximize our impact as a community, sending a message to all of Rhode Island that its Jewish community is a steward of our beautiful state.
In addition to our move toward solar energy, we are proud to participate in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. The Hazon Seal of Sustainability certifies a Jewish organization’s commitment to sustainability, environmentally-friendly practices, higher-welfare treatment of animals, and reduced impact on climate change. As part of the Hazon Seal, we have convened an internal “Green Team” to promote sustainability efforts, audit our environmental impact, and launch exciting projects. You can learn more about the Hazon Seal of Sustainability here.