For generations, the JTS emblem of the Burning Bush has stood for academic rigor and deep religious expression. It is time to add a new layer of meaning to this potent symbol: a commitment to the environment and sustainability.
JTS is taking steps to dramatically reduce our institution's impact on the environment. From the residence halls to the Dining Hall, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and maintaining practices that benefit both our community and the world that we share.
Across JTS we have:
installed recyling bins for paper, bottles, and cans in every JTS building, including all faculty and staff offices, classrooms, and main throughways.
set up a recycling station for batteries and cell phones in the Facilities Office and residence halls.
installed low-flow showerheads in the residence halls to reduce water consumption.
installed a new sprinkler system with rain-sensing technology, thereby cutting back on water and energy use.
covered office windows with an energy-efficient film that reduces UV rays and heat, lessening demand on our cooling system.
upgraded kitchen and laundry facilities with Energy Star–rated appliances as old appliances are cycled out of use.
installed CFL bulbs where applicable to reduce energy consumption.
formed a Green Committee of students, faculty, and staff.
created a student group, JTS EcoReps, to help spread eco-awareness.
purchased eco-friendly cleaning products.
purchased paper with at least 30% recycled content.
encouraged the use of public transportation by taking part in the TransitChek program.
See List College student Hilary Brown describe the success of the JTS EcoReps:
The JTS EcoReps have planted a rooftop garden at 3080 Broadway. See a slideshow of the planting process and bountiful harvest:
Our Dining Hall is also going green. JTS:
removed all styrofoam trays and disposable plastic cups in favor of compostable dishware.
set up recycling stations for batteries, bottles, and cans.
donates unused food to a local homeless shelter.
recycles all kitchen waste oil.
signed up for the Compass SEED program (Sustainable Eating Environmental Dining) in which we train associates about the importance of sustainability.
uses more local produce to reduce potential vehicle emissions.