Earth Day 2024 - Steps Towards Sustainability


April 21, 2024

This Earth Day, we are excited to share some of the steps our partner organizations have taken in the past year to reduce their carbon footprint and/or become more environmentally sustainable.

  • It is inherent in Afya Foundation’s mission to recover medical supplies from hospitals that would otherwise be discarded.
  • All of AJEEC-NISPED’s work is dedicated to mitigating climate change implications and human-made hazards in the context of poverty and natural resources management.
  • AJWS no longer has a physical office, thus reducing their carbon footprint.
  • BGU Africa Center often uses a QR code instead of printing ads and tries to avoid plastic use at their events.
  • BuildStartup100 uses video calls for most of their meetings, both with staff and partners.
  • CADENA started only using a digital version of their annual report and planned more virtual meetings to decrease their global travel.
  • Energiya Global Capital doubled the carbon offsets on their flights and gifted over 1,000 trees in Burundi
  • Engineers Without Borders Israel enhanced their capacity to implement ethical practices through training and by implementing impact.
  • FSJU is the only French association that has trained its entire staff with climate Fresk.
  • All of Gabriel Project Mumbai’s work in India is plastic free and they have purchased an additional two electric vehicles for moving staff around their projects along with electric motorbikes.
  • Heroes for Life no longer prints any paper.
  • HIAS has an entire “Green Team” focusing their work on reducing carbon footprint.
  • Innovation: Africa is currently undergoing an extensive process to get their gold standard certification for their carbon credits.
  • JDC is developing a food security program based on carbon credits.
  • JDC Entwine has revamped the “welcome boxes” they send out to their Insider Trip participants annually to include sustainably sourced items and eliminate cardboard and plastic packaging.
  • Mensch has begun to track their environmental footprint at events by recycling and reporting the data as part of the impact of all events and projects. They have also begun having conversations on how Mensch can address the climate crisis with a group of their board members and broader network.
  • Mindset-PCS relied heavily on their local networks and advisors in various places, thus reducing international travel and integrated more meaningfully into the climate angle of their work by supporting their clients and partners in policy research on the topic of climate.
  • SHANITA operates exclusively in Uganda with a local staff, effectively reducing their carbon footprint by minimizing travel and transportation requirements.
  • SmartAID’s emphasis is on localizing most of their work.
  • TAU Emergency Management & Disaster Medicine Department is a paperless department and promotes a ‘green’ campus.
  • Tevel B’Tzedek no longer has a physical office.
  • Tikvah Chadasha Uganda has included solar-powered water pumps in our grant proposals so that our beneficiaries have water year-round.
  • United Hatzalah of Israel has begun making the switch to using more electric vehicles in their emergency fleet in Israel.
  • World Jewish Relief continues to look very carefully at their environmental credentials.

Thank you to our partners for their commitment to making the world a better place, and happy earth day and Passover to all!

***Information taken from the OLAM Aspire Ethical Practices feedback survey