Tu B’Shvat: Going Green for the Big Man Upstairs

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today is Tu B’Shvat (Also spelled Tu Bishvat), the Jewish New Year for Trees. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on about its origins or religious practices and significance. What I want to talk about is how this holiday relates to sustainability, and how I’ve used it to advance sustainable practices.

Traditionally eaten fruits and nuts, being purchased locally this year.

Many consider Tu B’Shvat to be the Jewish equivalent of Arbor Day or Earth Dat – A day to celebrate the gifts of the Earth, the beauty of nature, and everything else about the environment. So for this year’s tradition Tu B’Shvat Seder (traditional Jewish meal/service), I’ve worked with the Syracuse University Hillel to make a Tu B’Shvat that’s truly in the spirit of the holiday.

So what’s being done?

  • The seder/meal is going to be 100% waste free
    • All food waste will be composted
    • Compostable plates, napkins, and cups will be used
    • Corn-based (and therefore biodegradable) silverware will be used
    • Soda cans/wine bottles will be recycled
    • Pans/tins for serving will be rinsed and reused
  • The food is locally produced
    • The meal itself is locally grown/raised food
    • The seder, which requires a wide variety of fruits, are being bought from within the United States and as locally as physically possible
    • All meals are being prepared on site

In addition, students are being encouraged to walk or take public transport to the event.

Questions? Comment? Concerns? Let me know!

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