JCCSF Green Initiative

JCCSF Environmental Stewardship

Tikkun Ha-olam (Repair of the World) is one of the core values of the JCCSF and as stewards of the environment we strive to lessen our impact on the planet by conserving and protecting the earth's natural resources like fresh water, clean air and fertile soil for present and future generations.

On January 26, 2013 we celebrate the Jewish holiday Tu Bishvat, a New Year for Trees. It's a time to celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining gifts of the natural world while we enjoy the fruit of the tree and the vine.

While we celebrate a New Year for Trees, it's fitting to note that trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere and a single tree can absorb CO2 at a rate of 48 lbs per year. An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles. With that said, in the past 10 years the rate of deforestation of the planet averages a net loss of about 5.2 million hectares of forest per year. We can help repair the world by planting trees and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

Driving less and reducing energy consumption are effective ways to reduce carbon emissions. The JCCSF promotes clean commuting to its employees through commuter benefits and a dedicated JCCSF 511 Ride Match website. Using the 511 Rideshare website, employees can find carpool matches among fellow staff members or in the 511 rideshare community. To learn more go to www.ridematch.511.org.

During the month of October Bay Area businesses competed in the Great Race for Clean Air sponsored by the Bay Area Air District and 511 Rideshare to see whose employees can reduce the most CO2 by ridesharing, biking, walking, or riding transit to work. While participating in the Great Race for Clean Air, JCCSF employees reduced a total of 1,732 lbs of CO2!

To accommodate the growing number of people riding bikes to the JCCSF we added 3 bike racks on California St and there is more bike parking available on parking level 2 of the JCCSF Garage.

Since 2009 the JCCSF has reduced emissions of CO2 by an estimated 804 tons per year with a 150 KW cogeneration system by Tecogen. The cogeneration system provides onsite generation of electrical power and waste-heat recovery for heating water. This reduction is equal to the annual carbon stored by 166 acres of pine and fir forests or the carbon emissions of 133 passenger vehicles per year. Learn more at http://www.epa.gov

Here are a few tips to save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently or set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, and the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health permitting. 3 percent to 5 percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees and for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees.
  • Use compact fluorescent lamps or LED lamps.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 140°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; then turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Weather strip around windows and doors.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The JCCSF and Environmental Responsibility

In addition to reducing energy consumption the JCCSF follows extensive sustainability practices including:

  • Conserving water with automatic faucets and water-saving showerheads  (http://sfwater.org)
  • Permanent dishware and water pitchers (an alternative to bottled water)
  • Recycled office supplies and paper products
  • Green Seal certified cleaning supplies
  • 100% paraben and sulfate free locker room amenities and organic spa products
  • Marketing materials printed on recycled paper with soy ink (at a wind-powered facility)

Community Table also includes these environmentally sustainable practices:

  • Sustainable menu flow (multiple use of similar menu items, utilizing more of product with little waste)
  • Use of multiple organic and sustainable ingredients
  • Compostable food containers at catered events and for use within the café
  • Use of local purveyors, reducing fossil fuels used when importing products from around the world
  • Sustainably raised/caught meats and seafood, reducing the overall ecological footprint
  • All meats are hormone/steroid free
  • Compliant with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch List

JCCSF Moves Toward Zero Waste

The JCCSF is diverting more than 70 tons of waste from the landfill per year by composting food waste, food-soiled paper, and paper towels from the restrooms. The high diversion rate is due in part to the compost-recycle-landfill bins throughout the center made possible by a Zero Waste grant from SF Environment.

Please join us in reducing waste:

  • Compost and recycle www.sfrecycles.org
  • Donate unwanted items
  • Bring your own bag when shopping
  • Choose tap water instead of bottled water
  • Swap disposable items for reusable ones

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The JCCSF Green Initiative is made possible in part by the generous support of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

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The JCCSF Zero Waste Initiative is made possible in part by a Zero Waste grant from SF Environment.

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We welcome your comments and suggestions! Email green@jccsf.org