Union for Reform Judaism

This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

Union for Reform Judaism's Climate Action Contribution

About Union for Reform Judaism's Climate Efforts

The Union for Reform Judaism is committed to mitigating the effects of climate change and making sure the most vulnerable are not disproportionately harmed by its effects. You can learn more about the URJ's positions on the environment here: https://urj.org/what-we-believe/resolutions/resolutions-search?sortby=newest&f%5B0%5D=im_field_term_retopic%3A6901

You can also look at what environmental actions the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is mobilizing around here: https://rac.org/environment

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions Union for Reform Judaism Is Taking:


Commit to Promoting Conservation and Worship

Commit to incorporating messages of conservation, stewardship, and the importance of climate action into sermons and talks with your congregation or community


Commit to Community Education and Communication

Commit to offering education opportunities that are designed for staff, adults, and children, and feature information on clean energy, stewardship, individual/household climate actions, climate advocacy, and any other applicable subjects. The importance of building environmental literacy in changing habits and perceptions is profound, and organizations and institutions trusted to convene the community are among the most impactful educators.


Commit to Responsible Engagement in Climate Policy

While individual organization action is necessary, local and federal government action is also needed to reach global climate goals. Your organization can have a critical voice in advancing public policy. A commitment to responsible engagement in climate policy means that your organization commits to supporting public policy to: promote energy efficiency and renewable energy; increase investment in a clean energy economy; support climate change adaptation, or put a price on carbon.

Areas For Collaboration

We are interested in collaborating on the following:

Efficient Buildings
  • Encouraging more aggressive state energy efficiency policies

Electric Vehicles
  • Encouraging more aggressive state targets for electric vehicles and GHG standards

HFC Phase Down
  • Encouraging states to adopt policies to phase out HFCs on an accelerated timeline
  • Promoting greater participation in voluntary programs to phase out HFCs

Local Collaboration
  • Collaborate on climate and clean energy action, and to advocate for stronger climate policy at the local level

  • Supporting adoption of state-level policies to reduce methane from upstream and midstream oil and gas operations

Natural Lands
  • Encouraging states to adopt incentive programs for forest management, tree cover expansion, and soil health
  • Promoting science-based targets for GHG emissions and removals in agricultural supply chains

Utility Sector
  • Encouraging more aggressive state renewable energy policies

Organization details

Faith Organization
New York, NY