JECO – Jewish Ecological Coalition

What we are

The Jewish Ecological Coalition, JECO, is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in Melbourne, Australia in July 2003.

Why we formed

JECO was set up to emphasise and deepen the Jewish commitment to sustainability and to raise awareness within and beyond the Jewish community about Judaism’s strong environmental message.

What we aim to do

  • To educate and encourage individuals to “tread softly on the face of the earth”; i.e. to minimise their environmental footprint.
  • To work with individuals and organisations to prevent and repair environmental damage.
  • To build bridges between the Jewish and wider community by working together for sustainability.

How we achieve our aims

  • Publish a Jewish Guide to Sustainability called Shavu’a Tov that was distributed in Melbourne and the smaller states via the Australian Jewish News.
  • Provide activities such as the Bike Skills Training Course and Mitzvah Day activities through partnering with other groups such as the JNF, the City of Port Phillip and The Port Phillip EcoCentre.
  • Screen ecologically themed films followed by a discussion.
  • Build a collection of books relating Judaism and the environment at the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia.
  • Run ecofestivals at The Leo Baeck Centre, Sholem Aleichem College and St Kilda Synagogue.
  • Distribute a monthly eNews letter with a calender of environmental events, news on sustainability issues, “What’s Happening in your Shtetl” and green tips.
  • Conducted tours of the JECO 7 star show house.
  • Had a stand at the Sustainable Living Festival, Federation Square
  • Collect used mobile phones for reconditioning and/or recycling

Why we need you

JECO needs people who can help by joining us to initiate new projects especially in the areas of fund raising, publicity and the media. Contact us at JECO


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