JCCSF Green Initiative

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.

JCCSF Environmental Stewardship

  • The JCCSF promotes clean commuting to its employees to reduce carbon emissions 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 months of March & April the JCCSF participated in the Great Race for Clean Air sponsored by the Bay Area Air District and 511 Rideshare. JCCSF employees reduced a total of 6,573 lbs of CO2 by ridesharing, biking, walking, or riding transit to work!
  • 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/chp/basic/index.html
  • Conserving water with automatic faucets and water-saving showerheads  (http://sfwater.org/msc_main.cfm/MC_ID/13/MSC_ID/168)
  • Promoting zero waste with compost/recycle/landfill stations in all areas of the center and use of permanent dishware and water pitchers (an alternative to bottled water) 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.
  • Recycled office supplies, copy paper and paper products. In one year 50 trees were saved by using 100% recycled copy paper!
  • Donated 162 banquet/classroom chairs and chair racks to the Homeless Prenatal Program
  • 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)
  • To accommodate the growing number of people riding bikes to the JCCSF we added 3 bike racks on California Street and there is more bike parking available on parking level 2 of the JCCSF Garage.

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

Here are a few tips to save energy and water this season:

  • 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 water and 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.

For more water conservation tips go to the SF Water conservation page.

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