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Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Location New York, NY
Organization Type Religious
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 102,560
Percentage Green Power 100%
Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site) 0%
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 5/1/2014 - 5/1/2015
Latest Annual Report Received On 6/11/2015
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is New York City's synagogue serving gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, and their family and friends. Jewish tradition teaches to wisely shepherd and preserve the earth, and to protect the health of all. For that reason, the Congregation chose to use green power, which creates no greenhouse gases, no acid rain, and none of the emissions that cause health problems such as asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, birth defects and heart disease. The world's largest GLBTQ synagogue, CBST serves as a model for its community. It ran a campaign to encourage members to sign up for green power for their homes at the same time that the synagogue switched its facilities over to green power, and congregants were very receptive to the idea. Says Director of Operations Assaf Astrinsky, "Green power enables us to help make Jewish tradition meaningful in the lives of our congregants."

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