Because we are dedicated to improving our environment and climate, because we recognize the threat of climate change, and because our governments are not doing enough, we must show leadership! With a special workshop for relevant synagogue staff, we aim for you to reduce your building’s carbon emissions by 50% and save on monthly bills!

This workshop is for congregations' facilities managers, administrators, board members, and building committee members.

  • We are offering a unique and impactful opportunity designed for these individuals with these specific roles;

  • We have worked hard to assemble experts in House of Worship building energy use;

  • Congregational buildings use a lot of energy—as much as or more than 100 homes use;

  • Energy is expensive and polluting…in most cases these days.

Come learn with other leaders—your peers from congregations across Massachusetts and beyond. Become a cohort of change agents!

Cutting carbon emissions from our buildings’ use can save our congregations money. We want to show you how to take the first steps:

  • Those who have succeeded will guide you toward making a multi-year plan

  • You will meet top experts (see reverse) with congregational experience in:

    • Building envelope and insulation—stopping air & heat leaks

    • HVAC system efficiency and settings

    • Solar—on-site, off-site, and other affordable clean energy access

    • Lighting efficiency

    • Do-It-Yourself Barn-raisings

    • Project Planning & Funding

All we ask is for a voluntary donation of $20 per congregation (to cover costs), with up to two representatives per congregation and four hours of your time on a Sunday.

2pm – 6pm Sunday, May 7

Temple Israel of Boston

Snacks provided

Registration site

Program (some changes expected)


Welcome & IntroBentshmarking & BeyondFred Davis & David Lowe, Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN)
EnvelopePut a coat on (your building)Rachel White and Jason Taylor, Byggmeister Sustainable Design & Build
HVACGaining efficiencySergio Siani, Norian/Siani Engineering
Solar PV on/off-siteThree shades of SolarHaskell Werlin, Solar Design Associates; Isaac Baker, Resonant Solar
Inspiration Rabbi Katy Allen, JCAN & Ma'yan Tikvah
LightingDon’t be Myth-LEDFred Davis, Fred Davis Corporation
System settingsBuilding use and schedulingLeon Glicksman, MIT Building Technology Program
Barn-raisingsDIY community solutionsAudrey Schulman, Home Energy Efficiency Teams (HEET)
Incentives & LoansFinancing your projectCharlie Lord, ReNew Energy Partners
The whole megillahStep by step over yearsEric Grunebaum, Cambridge Energy Advisors
Questions/DiscussionYour turnAll


Exhibitors: PowerOptions, EnergySource, Resonant Solar, and a few more