Sustainability is at the core of what we do at Pearlstone Center.
Our Community Sustainability Department embodies the Jewish value of preserving the earth’s resources for future generations, thereby enhancing community vibrancy and our quality of life. Our mission is to foster a more sustainable future by reducing our environmental impact and by increasing environmental-behaviors in the operations of Pearlstone, The Associated, its agencies and Jewish Baltimore.
In addition to our daily efforts to run a greener and more environmentally-friendly operation, we are proud to offer the Green Loan Fund. In 2010, The Associated secured a stipend from the Marty and Dorothy Silverman Foundation
to launch The Green Loan Fund in 2010. The fund provides a $300,000 line of credit, of which a portion can be borrowed by any Jewish organization to carry out a greening project at its facility. Projects are generally restricted to lighting projects, though organizations can discuss other options. The money is for a loan, it’s interest free, and organizations are required to pay it back within three years. The projects generally pay for themselves in less than that time and the greening results in substantial money savings.
If you’re interested in improving the energy efficiency of your congregation or school, contact us.
How We Make An Impact
We are proud that many of green initiatives have been recognized by several leading environmental institutions.
Planning a celebration? Wedding? Bar/bat Mitzvah?
Throughout Jewish Baltimore, dozens of organizations have come together to create the local version of what has been coined in other communities as “a little book with a big mission,” The Baltimore Green & Just Celebrations Guide.
The Baltimore Green & Just Celebrations Guide helps families in our area celebrate weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and other simchas in ways that reflect Jewish values about environmental stewardship and social justice.
Through the Guide, you learn how to make purchasing choices in ways that are mindful of social and environmental impact, delve into Jewish teachings about justice and sustainability and read the stories of others who have made creative green and just choices for their own celebrations.