HADASSAH GOES GREEN!
HELP RESTORE OUR BURNT FORESTS!
Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) have been partners in Green Zionism since 1926 and have collaborated to meet many of the essential needs of Israel’s environment. Through this important and passionate coalition, our organizations are united in an effort to help Israel avoid environmental catastrophes.
Hadassah has worked together with JNF toward reforestation, preparing the land for agriculture, creating inclusive parks, playgrounds, recreation sites and providing urgently needed water conduits. To learn more about water certificates or to plant a tree, contact email@example.com. TO PURCHASE A TREE CERTIFICATE FROM CHEVRA, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israel has been taking the lead in a number of alternative energy fields aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and promoting the use of renewable energy. It is one of the first countries to actively promote zero-emission electric cars and prepare the infrastructure for the mass marketing of such vehicles. An Israeli company is currently active in developing and designing efficient solar power plants around the world; Israeli municipalities are contributing to international projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and in late 2007 Israel and the United States initiated a joint alternative energy research program that was signed into law.
The First-Ever Electric Car Network
By the end of 2010, Israel will be home to the world’s first all-electric car network. Electric cars will reduce the world’s dependency on oil, lower air and noise pollution and eliminate carbon emissions from cars that create greenhouse gases. Better Place, a company owned by Israeli-American entrepreneur Shai Agassi, will provide lithium-ion batteries to power the cars and the infrastructure to refresh or replace them. One battery will enable the cars to travel 124 miles per charge. Better Place will install parking meter-like plugs on city streets and construct service stations along highways to replace the batteries. Solar technology, being developed in southern Israel, will generate the electricity to power the cars.
“Jerusalem will be the first city in the world with this technology,” said Better Place CEO Agassi. Israel is not only the first country to host this technology, but was also where the original technology was invented. As of March 1, Israel’s electric car grid project in Israel was on schedule, according to Better Place. The company aims to have 70-100 vehicle recharging stations in operation by 2011. In September 2010, Better Place will begin testing cars. “Under the Better Place model, consumers can either buy or lease an electric car from the French automaker Renault or Japanese companies like Nissan,” wrote New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, “and then buy miles on their electric car batteries from Better Place the way you now buy an Apple cell phone and the minutes from AT&T.” For more from Israel at 62: Facts and Resources, visit www.theisraelproject.org.
Through our Programs
To learn more about Shai Agassi and how Israeli culture fosters a unique combination of innovative and entrepreneurial intensity, check out Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, a featured selection in our On The Same Page: A Hadassah Book Club guide, available Spring 2010. For more information, email email@example.com.
On the Ground
Hadassah units across the United States recognize the importance of protecting and enhancing our environment by organizing tree plantings, water conservation projects, holding special environment awareness programs geared to local youth, planting trees in Israel through JNF, cleaning up local highways, coordinating community recycling projects and so much more. To learn what Hadassah does in your community, visit www.hadassah.org.
LET'S DO OUR PART: GO GREEN!
YOUTH ALIYAH GOES GREEN TOO!
For the next 20 years, Meir Shfeyah will be renting out the roof of their cowshed for a solar system to produce electricity for the State of Israel. The location of the village, outside a major metropolitan city, high on a hill and unblocked by vegetation, makes Meir Shfeyah the perfect spot.
SAVE A TREE & SAVE A LIFE
Hadassah gets greener every day. The trees that are purchased through Chevra for all occasions help the Israeli environment grow and recover from the loss of trees from battles and fires throughout the country.
Now, JNF (Jewish National Fund) is proud to present programs for innovative professional development to people interested in Jewish education, environmental sustainability, camping and gardening. JNF is looking to inspire and motivate the Jewish community to make a positive impact on the environment. These are just a few reasons why we all should support JNF by sending Tree Certificates.
The cost is $15.00 per Tree. They come in three different styles and are available from Susan, JNF Chairperson at all meetings. or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
contributed by Ruth Roher-Snyder
I came across some interesting info when I was researching CFL bulbs. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with one of these bulbs, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
There's been so much controversy lately. But I'm still a believer, so I went looking to see who recycles them. Home Depot takes them at the Return Desk in their stores. They also have a battery drop box in their Hardware department. I don't know if other people know about this, but I sure didn't.
Ever wonder how much electricity your
household appliances, such as your TV and
DVD player use when they're supposedly
off - in "standby" or "ready mode"?
An estimated 13% of household electricity use, according to a study published by
the California Energy Commission, is from appliances in low-power mode (which
is to say, not performing any of their primary functions).
The costs of these low-power modes are enormous!
Pull the plug when feasible!