Liberal Synagogues environmental audit
The Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues (ULPS) has launched a wide-ranging environmental audit, focusing on climate change and forest conservation.
The audit was designed to determine how to decrease the environmental impact of synagogues, other communal buildings and the domestic and business activities of individual members. The results are helping the ULPS create targets for CO2 reduction within the community. The ULPS has joined buyers groups including WWF's Forest and Trade Network, and has committed the synagogues to buying only FSC products.
A key part of the programme is promoting environmental education, awareness and advocacy through its network of auditors, synagogue magazines and religious schools.
UPLS accounts for about one quarter of the United Kingdom's Jewish community, as well as associated communities in Ireland and Luxembourg.