The Year of Action

Welcome to the Year of Action! Following up on our Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, this year we will be focusing on actions to save energy and reduce food waste, practical actions called for by the Jewish mitzvah of bal tashchit

Together, we can make a difference! New actions will be posted during the course of the year. Jewcology members, simply go to your Savings page to take actions now. You can see the results of our shared actions below!
 
The Year of Action is a project of Jewcology, in partnership with Canfei Nesharim and in coordination with the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), along with many other Jewish environmental organizations and initiatives, and with the support of the ROI Community.  The actions of this project were suggested, researched and drafted by the following members of the Canfei Nesharim and Jewcology teams:  Sarah Bedder, Ruchama Cohen, Jacob Schaperow, Dr. David Goldblatt, Josh Keyak, and Dr. Daniel Weber.  Thanks to the team!

 

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Here are the current available actions:
 
Actions to Save Energy [view all] 
 
 
Actions to Reduce Food Waste [view all]
 
Here are our current results:
 

Actions we have taken:

  • Energy Action #1: Assess My Energy Use
  • Energy Action #2: Lighten Up
  • Energy Action #3: Tighten Your Home
  • Energy Action #4: Make Friends with the Trees
  • Energy Action #5: How much difference do 2 degrees make?
  • Energy Action #6a: How you get there matters!
  • Energy Action #6b: How you get there matters!
  • Energy Action #7: Use Efficient Appliances
  • Energy Action #8: Turn of the TV
  • Energy Action #9: Unplug Energy Vampires
  • Energy Action *10: Cold Water Wash
  • Energy Action *11: Eat Less Meat
  • Food Waste Action #1: Track My Food Waste for a Week
  • Food Waste Action #2: Save the Perishables!
  • Food Waste Action #3: Plan Ahead
  • Food Waste Action #4: Eyes Bigger than Your Stomach?
  • Food Waste Action #5: Plan a Picnic
  • Food Waste Action #6: So Much Bread
  • Food Waste Action #7: Stock up on Ingredients
  • Food Waste Action #8: When Life Gives You Leftovers
  • Food Waste Action *10: Plan Ahead to Use Your Bread
  • Food Waste Action *11: Rescue Aging Fruits

What we have saved so far (approximately):

  • 12 shtickel of energy wisdom
  • 394876 Food Calories
  • 9 shtickel of food waste wisdom
  • 18711 kWh
  • 2380 lbs CO2
 
 
What do these numbers mean? 
 
If we save 10,000 kilowatt-hours, we have saved:
CO2 emissions from 791 gallons of gasoline consumed.
Carbon sequestered by 181 tree seedlings grown for 10 years, or 5.8 acres of U.S. forests annually.
 
If we save 20,000 kilowatt-hours, we have saved:
Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2.9 passenger vehicles, or .186 tanker trucks' worth of gasoline.
CO2 emissions from 32.8 barrels of oil consumed.
CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 2.1 homes for one year.
Carbon sequestered by 362 tree seedlings grown for 10 years, or 11.6 acres of U.S. forests annually.
 
If we save 100,000 kilowatt-hours, we have saved:
CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 10.6 homes for one year.
Carbon sequestered by 1,809 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
Carbon sequestered annually by 57.8 acres of U.S. forests.
 
If we save 456,250 food calories, we have saved enough: 
To feed a hungry person for half a year.
 
 
COEJL's Jewish Energy Guide
 
 
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