Synagogues going Green

Synagogues Taking The LEED On Greening

Congregations around the country are making environmental protection — including in their own designs — a core value.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/15/2011 - 20:00

 Designers of a synagogue building have many things to keep in mind. An ark to hold Torah scrolls. Pews that face east. Shelves to hold the prayerbooks. But those planning to build a Jewish house of worship today may have other considerations like motion-sensor lights, low-flow toilets and recycled or locally-sourced building materials.

A handful of synagogues across the country are building and renovating their facilities to be energy efficient and green-friendly, earning LEED and Energy Star certifications.

Congregation Beth David in San Luis, Obispo.
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