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Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012, 4:36pm - 11 months ago
I am trying to cover all bases as I prepare a proposal for a crowdsourcing/crowdfunding approach to land rehabilitation at a synagogue and community center in Thornhill, Ontario Canada
Have any of you come across any insurance liability issues/objections to the creation of a food growing garden?
Have you seen any liability differences
If the garden is
- on public property (behind a firehouse) or private property (synagogue, church, community land)?
- fenced or unfenced
If someone encounters a health problem due to consumption of the food grown at a community garden (food safety liability)
- food is sold to an individual
- food is sold to a participa... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:05am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" article appeared inthe Canadian Jewish News November 3, 2011
During the time surrounding the High Holiday period, I had the opportunity to speak to Grade 8 Science classes at a number of the Toronto Jewish Day Schools.
My talks are generally drawn from materials I have access to as a result of being trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Project volunteer presenter. Recently, Mr. Gore hosted a 24 hour effort, 1 for each time zone in the world, where local speakers would explain climate change and global warming in the global and local context.
What was new this time were some of the videos and visuals used to get a clear message across, tha... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:02am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" article appeared inthe Canadian Jewish News on October 6, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Alex Haruni, the owner of the Dalton Winery. While in Toronto, Alex was promoting the sales of the kosher wines Dalton produces in the Upper Galilee. While we were talking, Alex was monitoring the progress of his grape harvest back in Israel.
What I found interesting is how the Dalton Winery produces its million bottles of wine in a sustainable manner.
One of the important factors required to reduce the amount of energy consumed in wine production is the proximity of the production facility to its main ingredient, the grape. The vineyards a... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:00am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" column appeared in the Canadian Jewish News, September 8, 2011
How does a community come together to look at new ideas and decide which ones to make a small investment in and see if they will succeed?
The GTA Jewish community brought forward 78 proposals to the UJA Federation’s SixPoints Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund. Sixty individuals pooled their financial resources and business planning skills to fund and support new and innovative programs, consistent with Jewish values.
Each proposal team was asked to record a short video and write up their project describing the hypothetical community benefit.
Shoresh was the only group to propose a sustainable ... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:58am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" article appeared in the Canadian Jewish News on August 11, 2011
The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination. Their mandate is to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as they age.
At the June 2011 IdeaCity conference I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy for CARP. I asked Ms. Eng where sustainability fit in the priority of advocacy efforts that CARP un... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:56am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" column appeared in the canadian Jewish News on July 7, 2011
Once a year, Moses Znaimer convenes the Ideacity conference in Toronto. This year, the focus was the concept that the rate of cultural and economic progress depends on the rate at which ideas are having sex. The idea was first proposed by Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist.
Saul Singer, co-author of the book Startup Nation: the Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, spoke at the conference and made a valiant effort to connect Israel’s transformation from a semi-socialist backwater into a high- tech superpower to the theme of Ideas having Sex.
He related the Shai Aggasi, Better Place, electr... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:53am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" article originally appeared in the Canadian Jewsih News June 10, 2011
Recycle, reduce, reuse. Last month, my column discussed the challenge of recycling of paper on which Jewish holy words are written. This month, we will focus on some key considerations to help you make sustainable choices about what paper you use as well as how you use, and eventually reuse, that paper.
The three actions mentioned above— choice, use and reuse—help influence what paper options are available in the marketplace. As such, the actions of individuals, organizations and corporations can have a profound influence on the environment.
In business, as in life, decisions are made by weighing the costs... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:49am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" column originally appeared in the Canadian Jewish News May 12, 2011
We are now in “sphirat ha-omer,” the count-up to Shavuot—the time of the giving of our Torah.
Our study and transmission of our Written and Oral Laws ("Torah Shebichtav" and "Torah Sheba'al Peh," respectively) has benefitted from technological advancement. We are known as the “People of the Book”—five books of Moses, 24 books of Tanakh, countless written commentaries—but many are beginning to find the content of these books moving from paper to electronic form, soon making us “People of the PDF”.
Historically, Jews have written and accessed their Judaic texts in a physical form. For example, kl... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:46am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" column originally appeared in the Canadian Jewish News, April 14, 2011
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education program for kindergarten to Grade 12. Developed and run by school boards,the program allows students to acquire ecological literacy and learn about practices that will make them environmentally responsible citizens. In addition, Ontario EcoSchools helps to improve operations within school buildings in order to reduce environmental impacts. (http://bit.ly/tsj1104-01)
Several Toronto Jewish day schools participate in the program including the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, the Toronto Heshel School, Bialik Hebrew Day School and the Associated... Continue »
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 8:42am - 1 year ago
This "Sustainable Jew" column originally appeared in the Canadian Jewish News March 17, 2011
I was recently in Israel to represent the company I am currently on contract with, and to speak at a renewable energy conference in Eilat, co sponsored by the UJA Federation of Toronto.
As part of a delegation, put together by Canada's National Research Council, I wanted to understand the current Israeli state of mind with respect to energy conservation and advances in renewable energy. At the same time I was tasked to determine if there was an opportunity to expand my client's energy consumption benchmarking software to Israel.
Having received no pre-briefing from the Canadian embassy, I sta... Continue »