Kensington, MD temple reduces its carbon footprint to protect Creation, will educate members on dangers of global warming
KENSINGTON, MD., July 19, 2006 - Located in the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Temple Emanuel of Kensington, Maryland, a leading religious congregation on environmental issues, including global warming, and Carbonfund.org, a leading non-profit organization making it easy and affordable for any person, business or congregation to reduce their climate impact, today announced that Temple Emanuel is offsetting its carbon footprint in its entirety with Carbonfund.org.
Temple Emanuel has been a leading advocate for change on the environment and global warming for 17 years, educating the congregation and the broader Jewish community about the dangers of climate change and taking numerous actions to create a green synagogue. Through the efforts of its Board, Staff, and Green Shalom Committee, Temple Emanuel has reduced its waste, uses recycled paper, planted a garden inspired by Biblical plants, and created an ark and bimah using locally and sustainably grown tulip poplar trees. Temple Emanuel is active in the community and a leader in both the Coalition on Jewish Life and the Environment (COEJL) and the Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light Program.
“Global warming is one of the most pressing dangers facing our planet and Creation” said Rabbi Stone of Temple Emanuel. “We all must do our part to reduce our impact on the environment. Our partnership with Carbonfund.org will focus on reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging our membership and other religious institutions to do the
same,” he added.
“We applaud Temple Emanuel taking this leadership position in the fight against global warming,” said Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson. “Education and action are the two key ingredients in this challenge and Temple Emanuel is proving to all that the solutions to global warming are right before us,” he added.
Temple Emanuel has committed to offset 220,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by supporting reforestation projects that reduce CO2 emissions and benefit ecosystems, soil erosion and animal habitats. Temple Emanuel will also inform its members of the program and encourage them to offset their climate impact.
“Congregations serve as leaders of the communities. With this program, Temple Emanuel is committing itself to reduce its climate impact and showing our members what they can do,” stated Rabbi Stone. “For those of us who are religious leaders, we must teach others to use less, live more simply, and follow the ancient wisdom of religious traditions. From my own tradition, an Eleventh Commandment: You shall be mindful of your footprints on this earth.”
About Temple Emanuel
Temple Emanuel is a Reform Jewish Congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. In 2005, it received the Creation Care Award from The National Religious Partnership for the Environment, “In recognition of faithful, creative, and exemplary efforts in caring for creation.” The Temple Board of Trustees has adopted an Environmental Policy Statement which reflects its strong commitment to Judaism, and provides specific, action-oriented recommendations for environmental stewardship.