Jewish Energy Guide: Forming a Green Team

Summary: A key aspect of successful greening initiatives is the presence of a Green Team. Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield, co-founder and former director of the Jewish Greening Fellowship, offers tips for success when creating a Green Team.

A Green Team is a group of people who come together at least every four to six weeks to set greening goals for their community and who work between meetings with other members of the community and external partners to implement those goals. A Green Team can be as few as four people or as many as 24, but the most effective Green Teams have these characteristics:

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Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield is associate director of community engagement at American Jewish World Service. She is also the co-founder and former director of the Jewish Greening Fellowship, an initiative of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Jacoby Rosenfield formerly served as director for program development and Jewish life at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, where she started an agency and community-wide greening initiative. She is a graduate of the Muehlstein Fellowship for Jewish Professional Leadership, a mentor for GreenFaith’s Certification Program for Houses of Worship, chair of the GreenFaith Initiative at Adath Israel of Riverdale, and a governance committee member of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

The Jewish Energy Guide presents a comprehensive Jewish approach to the challenges of energy security and climate change and offers a blueprint for the Jewish community to achieve a 14% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by September of 2014, which is the next Shmittah, or sabbatical, year in the Jewish calendar.

The Jewish Energy Guide is part of COEJL’s Jewish Energy Network, a collaborative effort with Jewcology’s Year of Action to engage Jews in energy action and advocacy. The guide was created in partnership with the Green Zionist Alliance.

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