Green Team

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JRC's Green Team urges you to get involved in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, by engaging in acts to repair the environment. Contact us at [email protected].

Here are some opportunities to get involved:

Advocate for the Earth

  • Join Faith in Place  or 350.org, and commit to sending “rapid response” action emails
  • Support The GenG Project working with youth 
  • Join JRC Green Team exploring revisions to the Evanston Tree Preservation Ordinance

Plant a Tree 

Reduce your Carbon Footprint

  • Get a home energy audit: Energy Impact Illinois 1-855-9-IMPACT. In Evanston contact [email protected]. Insulate your roof and seal up cracks; buy a set-back thermostat.
  • GO SOLAR – either hot water or photo-voltaic
  • When buying a new vehicle look at gas use; buy hybrid or electric car.
  • Start up or join a “Walking School Bus”. 
  • Take public transit, bicycle, walk, or carpool. 
  • Buy a “Bicycle Benefits Sticker” for biker discounts

ENERGY

  • Buy LED or CFL bulbs and ENERGY STAR electronics or appliances.
  • Turn off lights, appliances, and power strips when not in use.
  • Turn off your air conditioner and open a window.
  • Buy carbon offsets when you fly.

Divest from Fossil Fuels 

  • If you own oil or coal stock, sell it or donate it to an organization that will use the proceeds to further Climate Change awareness.
  • Ask your college, workplace pension manager, etc., to divest fossil fuels.

Consumption

  • Buy less / Consume less
  • Give gifts of your time and love instead of buying “stuff”.
  • Purchase recycled office paper, toilet paper, napkins and paper towels. 
  • Aim for 100% recycled. Use both sides of office paper, then recycle.
  • Use cloth napkins, towels, hankies, and rags instead of paper; canvas bags instead of plastic.
  • Avoid single use/disposable items and excess packaging.
  • Grow your own veggies or buy local and organic. Eat more meat-free meals.
  • Avoid pesticides/toxic chemicals in your garden or home.

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