The Temple Har Shalom community was established in 1995 and completed construction of their permanent home in 2008. Their unique and attractive building was designed to blend with the local landscape, and it received recognition at the time for being environmentally forward-thinking in its design. Seven years later Rabbi Levinsky arrived to bring warmth, inspiration and music to a congregation of vibrant and community-minded worshippers. Jewish values demand and embrace responsible stewardship so the Green Business program was an ideal fit.
The synagogue has addressed sustainability on both the inside and the outside of their building. They’ve switched from plastic coffee and tea pods to compostable alternatives, increased the number of internal recycling bins and signage and they’re also working hard to replace single-use plastics with paper and reusable alternatives. Outside they have so far reduced water usage by 40% by switching to waterwise landscape options in addition to enhancing awareness of leaks.
Most lights at the beautiful Har Shalom are LED and staff are more consciously taking advantage of common areas designed for natural light. A year 2000 grant from Rocky Mountain Power funded the installation of 8.5 kilowatts of rooftop solar panels which greatly reduces their reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, equipment maintenance schedules and day and nighttime temperatures are closely monitored and tracked. Clearly, Har Shalom is dedicated to a sustainable future. Their Rabbi, staff and congregation are excited about their accomplishments to date and look forward to more in the future!
If your business, any type, is interested in learning about Recycle Utah’s Green Business program, contact 435-649-9698 x13.