Sustainability at the Edlavitch DCJCC

In 2017, the Edlavitch DCJCC embarked on a journey to become more ethical stewards of our environment and focus our organizational practices to be more environmentally sustainable. As a large organization, we know it is critical for us to examine our environmental footprint and enlist as many efforts as we can in decreasing it. Through efforts large and small, we are trying to embody the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and bal tashchit (do not waste).

We are proud to be recognized by Hazon – the leading Jewish Environmental organization in the US – with their Seal of Sustainability.

Our participation in this initiative signifies that, along with two dozen other Jewish organizations, we are a national leader in the realm of Jewish sustainability.

We are taking steps toward sustainability in the following ways:

  • Convening regular meetings of our Green Team, with members representing a variety of departments and building operations.
  • Serving only vegan food at all events offered by the Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility (MCCSR) for the FY20 fiscal year.
  • Installing water purifying machines on several floors of the building to encourage filling up and using reusable water bottles instead of single-use plastic bottles.
  • Regularly creating programming that addresses consumer choices and living a more sustainable lifestyle, including through our Preschool.
  • Using eco-friendly printing and marketing solutions through our partnerships with ecoprint and others.
  • Starting a robust recycling program.
  • Composting at select events throughout the year.

Through our recent renovation, we were able to implement more sustainable building practices including:

  • Installation of a majority of lights on timers that shut off after 15 minutes of non-use that also have light-sensing devices to dim when there is increased sunlight.
  • Installing LED efficient lighting throughout the building.
  • Whenever possible, locally-sourced materials were used in building construction.
  • Installing all Energy Star appliances throughout the building, maximizing energy efficiency.
  • Meeting new DC regulations pertaining to fresh air systems throughout the building.
  • Installing all new energy efficient HVAC systems in the building.
EDCJCC Green Team and staff participating in the 2019 Green Commuter to Work Day.