Which of our entrants had the next Big Green Jewish idea?
Our competition offered the chance to win £2000 to make our entrants’ green ideas a reality.
Big Green Jewish, together with the 1800 votes cast, are supporting innovative approaches in the community to reducing carbon emissions and raising environmental engagement. You can review all the entrants here. The top three projects will be receiving £2000, £1250, and £750 respectively.
And the winning ideas are...
The JCoSS Edible Garden
Our project aims;
• To encourage students to consider where their food comes from.
• To teach students about the positive impact of growing your own food on the environment.
• To provide students with the skills needed to grow their own food.
• To provide an informal and interactive opportunity for mainstream students and autistic students to work together for a common school goal.
• To grow our own food which will be donated to Homeless Action in Barnet.
• To grow and use our own food in the school cafeteria and in our Food Technology lessons.
• To recycle and compost plant cuttings and vegetable waste produced by the school.
• To learn about Jewish values relating to sustainable lifestyles through use of The Big Green Jewish Edible Garden Resource.
View details & see their video
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The Habo Bike project
he aim of the Habo bike project is to collect second-hand bikes, repair them, and donate them to refugees who are in need of an affordable, environmentally friendly means of transport. The bikes will be repaired by a group of refugees and volunteers from the Jewish Community who will also engage in ‘cultural exchange’ activities in order for both groups to learn more about each other’s background and their common social goal: to make the planet fairer and greener.
The Langdon Community Gardening Project
The Langdon Community Gardening Project got under way with the appointment of a Langdon Gardening Coordinator in June 2009. Branded work wear was bought to give the Langdon People involved in the scheme appropriate clothing for work as well as giving them an identity as a team on the programme. In the 18 months the project has been running, Langdon properties have improved in appearance and the garden project has seen a successful harvest of fruit and vegetables. The most recent project involved the building of a secure area for the arrival of 9 laying Leghorn Chicken’s. A small business has grown from the brood of hens enabling the group to learn about animal husbandry and money handling (the money taken for the eggs helps pay for feed etc as well as giving any of the small profit to the workers).
*Voting has now closed
If you didn't think of a project this time, but are considering green projects for your community, school, or group of friends, you may find some of the competition guidelines and resources useful:
The project should demonstrate a measurable positive impact on the environment through any or all of the following;
• The project itself reducing the carbon footprint of a group/organisation.
• The project provides people with skills, tools, and information to reduce their personal carbon footprint, and includes a method for monitoring and measuring this over time.
• The project engages large numbers of people in awareness raising about the environment and sustainability, with the ability to measure behaviour changes over time.
• The project makes explicit the link between Jewish values and environmental responsibility. See our resources for support with this.
• The project engages people in active learning through taking part in experiences directly.
• The project is for educational or charitable purposes. If any money is made through a project that is a social enterprise, this is all reinvested in the project.
• All prize money is used for materials and/or activity and not for paying for core costs.