Temple Emanuel’s Environmental Movement (TEEM) is a sub-committee of the Social Action Committee. TEEM hosts an environmental event on the first Thursday of each month, showing an environmental film followed by a speaker panel and discussion. These programs are held during the “school year” and are free and open to the public. Regardless of the subject matter, we bring the topic to a local level with experts on the speaker panel making a presentation and holding a question and answer session with the audience after the movie. We provide a resource sheet on each topic which includes references, key facts, informational websites, titles of books and videos, and related organizations. We also provide a list of opportunities to encourage concrete actions to take at home and in the wider community. Concrete actions individuals have taken include: improving energy efficiency of homes, businesses, and houses of worship; purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles; installing renewable energy; developing awareness; and making green choices of consumer products, such as purchasing foods and products from local farms.
TEEM extends its successful movie/speaker series by offering a lending library of films and resource sheets. Members of TEEM have spoken at local high schools and colleges on environmental topics. TEEM is proud to partner and participate with other organizations at local sustainability events, including Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Sierra Club, Wake Forest Food and Faith initiatives, other faith groups for “Greening Your Faith” efforts in the region, The Yadkin Riverkeeper, the City of Winston-Salem’s Sustainability Office and the League of Conservation Voters.
TEEM’s influence is evident on our Temple Emanuel campus as well. Our Eternal Light (ner tamid) is the Sanctuary is solar-powered. This project was funded by an anonymous donor, but the planning and installation was coordinated by TEEM. Temple Emanuel is protecting Creation in a number of ways. To minimize waste, we actively recycle and TEEM initiated a composting program which turns our organic temple waste into rich soil for local farms. The only “disposable” items used at temple events are compostable dishes, flatware, and cups — no plastic or styrofoam. We appreciate everyone’s effort and support as we collectively to continue to “Green Temple Emanuel.”
Read more in this article from the Winston-Salem Journal.
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