In 2007, THE ASSOCIATED launched a task force to explore and promote environmental preservation throughout THE ASSOCIATED system. The Green Task Force was comprised of professionals and lay leaders from fields ranging from marketing, information technologies, facilities, operations and campaign. It examined opportunities to make our operations and practices as ecologically friendly as fiscally possible.
The task force, in many ways a Jewish Baltimore grassroots initiative, blossomed, leading to innovative green initiatives in the Krieger Building and throughout the system. In 2008, THE ASSOCIATED was awarded "The Green Nonprofit of the Year" by The Baltimore Business Journal for our implementation of environmentally sound practices.
About two years ago, THE ASSOCIATED, with the help of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, secured a stipend from the Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation to launch The Green Loan Fund. The fund provides a $100,000 line of credit, of which a portion can be borrowed by any Jewish organization to carry out a greening project at its facility. Projects are generally restricted to lighting projects, though organizations can discuss other options. While the money is only a loan and organizations are required to pay it back in less than two years, the projects generally pay for themselves in less than that time. The greening results in substantial money savings.
In 2010, Aleeza Oshry was hired to serve as the system’s Green Coordinator. Oshry, worked out of the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, where “green” is a big part of the mission. Her position was made possible through generous grants by The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund,The Crane Family Foundation and The Meyerhoff Charitable Funds.
Today, Aleeza serves as the Manager of the Sustainability Initiative, a new part of THE ASSOCIATED's Community Planning and Allocations Department. She oversees the Sustainability Initiative Committee.
For more information, contact Aleeza at 410-843-7423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Farm Days at the Pearlstone Center
August 25, September 29 and October 27, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Volunteer alongside other community members. Learn about sustainability through hands-on skills workshops. Celebrate the seasons. Learn more and register>>
Green Apple Days of Service
We're calling all teachers, parents, administrators, businesses, supporters and sponsors to join us in Green Apple Days of Service, a global initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools to organize service projects at schools or in the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more and register>>
Pearlstone Center's Sukkot Celebration / 20s & 30s Retreat
Join us for an unforgettable experience. Stay for Shabbat to join Sixth and I Synagogue for meals, davenning and select programming. Be our Ushpizzin, honored Sukkot guests and immerse yourself in Sukkot as it's truly meant to be experienced! Retreat: $150, Shabbat optional add-on: $100.
Learn more and register>>
NW Community Energy Expo
October 6, 2013, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore are excited to announce the inaugural NW Community Energy Expo. This event will highlight the available resources for energy efficiency projects for both residential and non-profit organizations, and launch a new CHAI loan program. Come find out how you can reduce energy and natural resource consumption!
For more information, email Aleeza Oshry>>