7701 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012

Environment Committee


Protecting and Repairing the Earth

"Recent years have seen a keen focus on environmental issues, which are a top priority for many of TI’s newer and younger members – our Environmental Committee has led the way."

Our ongoing projects

Get involved - find out how you can help - TIEnviro@Tifereth-Israel.org

TI Rain Garden in the News! 

"Organizing Communities of Faith to Reduce Stormwater Runoff” 

Thanks to a grant from the D.C. Department of the Environment, we have installed permeable paving in our parking area, an infiltration planter, and a bioswale/rain garden. These “green infrastructure” techniques help preserve and restore the Chesapeake by increasing the absorption of rain where it falls. During a typical 30-minute storm, over 3,000 gallons of water from TI’s roof are diverted away from DC’s storm sewer system into TI’s rain garden and other green infrastructure. 

Completed TI Rain Garden

One important goal of the project is to educate congregants about options for simultaneously beautifying their yards and helping address one of the area’s most pressing environmental challenges.

To make these improvements more affordable, DC and other local jurisdictions offer financial help! Here are some local resources to get you started at your own home:

District of Columbia 

Casey Trees (DC)

Montgomery County, MD 

Prince George’s County, MD

Arlington County, VA

Fairfax County, VA

For more information generally, Federal EPA

As part of the project, we are sharing lessons learned with other local communities of faith so they can undertake similar efforts.

T.I.’s rain garden project won a prestigious award, earning second place among the state’s best stormwater management practices in “ultra-urban” areas. 

Media outlets covering the project include the Washington Post, Washington Jewish Week, and the Northwest Current. 

Washington Post

Washington Jewish Week

Northwest Current

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington has featured TI’s rain garden as part of the Council’s D.C. advocacy work


Our Ongoing Projects

Compost and Recycling Bins!

All Congregational functions where food is served now feature bins for disposal of compostable and recyclable materials. 

Walk – Bicycle – Ride-share to TI

The Shabbat closest to Earth Day, April 21, is a day to reduce our carbon emissions.  We encourage everyone to not use their car.  This is an ongoing campaign and we'll continue to update the site about what's happening.

Join our  "Bike to Shul" Group - meet  others who love to bicycle their way to shul, pedaling on the  city streets, or Rock Creek Park paths.

Casey Trees Planting

Recently we received two native magnolias (Magnolia Virginiana) from Casey Trees.  These trees joined our Eastern Red Bud (also native) and they all will help to restore the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.

Tu B'Shevat Seder

Every year we come together along with our Hebrew and Chai Schools to celebrate the New Year of the Trees and to teach our children about our Earth environment.  This year we partnered with Etz Chayim DC and hosted a seder along with multiple sites such as Moishe House-DC

A Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) with a grant from Hazon (the Environmental Bike Ride Organization)

A CSA is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. During the harvest season TI receives weekly deliveries of organic fruits and vegetables from a local CSA farm - sufficient for all of us who have chosen to participate in the CSA farm co-op. Hebrew school class students have been able to see for themselves and participate first hand, via class trips in the inner workings of an organic farm.

Energy Management Study

We have been studying our existing light fixtures and energy usage and are moving towards creating a much more energy efficient building.

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