The “Green Team” at the Community Synagogue of Rye in Westchester, New York works to create projects that focus on sustainability within their congregation, and in the surrounding community. Through renewable energy initiatives, community supported agriculture, youth involvement, group nature hikes, and other related projects, the Green Team approaches environmental stewardship through the lens of Jewish teachings and scripture. They work closely with the Westchester Jewish Greening Group, a related religious environmental organization, in efforts to bring more sustainable, “greener” practices to the Westchester County community. Through these activities and initiatives, the Green Team works to live out the value of Tikkun Olam - ‘repairing the world’.
This article is about the importance of parishes to participate in environmentally sustainable actions based on Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’. It encourages parishes to strive to become more eco-friendly by taking work together as a community and focusing on change one issue at a time. The article focuses on three main areas: reducing the parishes greenhouse gas, sustaining food and land use, and preserving water.
Ohio Interfaith Power and Light is a non-profit organization in Ohio that focuses on bringing together people of all religions to aid and discuss the problems facing the modern world concerning climate change. They host multiple events every month uniting faith-driven minds from around the state of Ohio, while not restricting any beliefs from the group. They gather to clean up pollution, as well as advocating for renewable energy solutions for every-day people. This includes installing solar panels and power-grids for people who typically don't have the access to those resources.