COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY HISTORY
In 2007, The Associated launched a task force to explore and promote environmental preservation throughout The Associated system. The task force, in many ways a Jewish Baltimore grassroots initiative, blossomed, leading to innovative green initiatives in the Krieger Building and throughout the system. In 2008, The Associated was awarded “The Green Nonprofit of the Year” by The Baltimore Business Journal for its implementation of environmentally sound practices. Also in 2008, the first Baltimore synagogue signed the Covenant of Commitment to create a more sustainable congregation. Obligations under this agreement included accounting of energy use and sustainability initiatives, developing an educational program on environmentally sustainable practices and values. They synagogue also advocated on the local, state, and/or federal level for sustainability practices and encouraged congregants to do so as well. Four years later, 12 area synagogues made the commitment to preserving the earth for future generations through their teachings and values.
In 2010, The Associated hired a Green Coordinator to work out of the Pearlstone Center, where “green” is a big part of the mission. That position was made possible through generous grants by The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund, The Crane Family Foundation and The Meyerhoff Charitable Funds and changed to the Manager of the Sustainability Initiative, a new part of The Associated’s Community Planning and Allocations Department.
In August 2014, the Sustainability Initiative was permanently moved to the Pearlstone Center. Miriam Glaser was hired as the Community Sustainability Director to oversee the greening of Pearlstone and work with area Jewish day schools, synagogues, Associated agencies, and Jewish institutions on their greening efforts.