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Sustainability Current Events and Programs

Join us for the next Sustainability Committee meeting on Thursday, November 10th, 7:30-9:00 pm via zoom. Help us plan our activities for the next six months. 

Try out an induction cooktop!

Are you interested in changing from a gas stove to an induction? Have we got a deal for you?
We are excited to have a two-burner induction stovetop for you to take home and test! Through an Interfaith Power and Light grant, the Shir Sustainability Committee has a 14” x 24”, 2-burner induction stovetop, a saute pan and sauce pot, a cookbook, and an instruction guide that, you can check out for up to 3 weeks beginning Sunday, December 12. We’ll also supply a magnet so you can check which of your pots and pans will work. Induction stoves work by energizing the magnetic forces in your pot. Pots need to be magnetic, but they don’t need to be flat.
More and more information is coming out about the impact of gas appliances on our health. Too to reduce methane in the atmosphere, California and many of our cities are encouraging us to go electric. Induction stoves are becoming more attractive. They don’t produce methane and less energy than a traditional electric stovetop since they only heat the pot and produce less heat.

Interested? Email to sign up!


Bring Back Bees, Butterflies, and Birds Native Plant Seed GIVEAWAY

Sunday, November 13th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, stop by Shir Hadash and pick up a packet of native wildflower seeds to plant.

Are you thinking about changing your landscape to reduce water for landscaping? Have you thought about planting native wildflowers? Native plants can save water and enrich our soil as well as support local birds, bees, butterflies, and other animals.   Did you know that 96% of terrestrial birds rely on caterpillars to feed their young? A single nest of chickadees needs 6000 caterpillars or more!

Stop by the wildflower seed giveaway table at Shir Hadash on Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 9-12 to get seed packets.  We’ll have 4 varieties of native seed packets:

  • Narrow Leaf Milkweed for Monarchs

  • Hills of California

  • Wildflowers for Pollinators (support our native bees, butterflies, and moths)

  • Wildflowers for Shade

Now is the time to plant these seeds to benefit from winter rains.  Watch them grow and look for beautiful blooms in the spring.  Stop by and pick up a seed packet or two that is right for your yard.


Zoom Panel Discussion OF The movie: Pandora's Promise

On Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30 pm on zoom, a panel discussion of Pandora’s Promise looks at whether nuclear energy is a solution to our clean energy challenges.

Pandora's Promise asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty.  In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process.  Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights, including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark, Lynas, and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, Pandora's promise is a landmark movie that is heavyweightsforever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue. 

Click here for more details and the zoom link for the panel.


Inflation Reduction Act

How much money might you get from the “Inflation Reduction Act” by switching from gas to electricity?  Tap three numbers into the calculator put out by Re-Wiring America and see the potential rebates and tax credits your family can receive by making the switch:   


Get a free Smart Thermostat or Smart Plugs and help end California blackouts!


all events are free and open to the public - spread the word!

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