Synagogues are eligible for grants to improve energy efficiency

(JTA) – A new law passed with Congress’ huge bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday will set aside $ 50 million to improve the energy efficiency of synagogues, religious schools and other nonprofit buildings.

The Energy Efficiency for Nonprofits Act, a bill that was first introduced in the Senate by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and John Hoeven, will allow houses of worship and nonprofits to apply for grants. The $ 50 million will be overseen by the Department of Energy, and each entity will be eligible for a grant of up to $ 200,000.

The legislation was supported by the Orthodox Union, as well as several other religious organizations.

“We are very grateful to the bipartisan leaders and the many grassroots legislators who worked to ensure that this key provision was finally included in this legislative package. The creation of the Energy Efficiency Law for Nonprofits will help our founding institutions become more environmentally friendly and allow them to expand their offerings through energy cost savings, ”said Nathan Diament, Policy Director of the Orthodox Union, in a statement.

Elana Broitman, senior vice president for public affairs for the Jewish federations of North America, who represents federations of the Jewish community across the country, praised the bill and highlighted the “outdated” buildings in which many of the organizations Non-profit and social service agencies in the country are often found. hosted.

A synagogue in Hamburg that was digitally restored after being destroyed in Kristallnacht (credit: TU DARMSTADT)

“The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act in the bipartisan infrastructure bill corrects that by providing critical funding for nonprofits to upgrade decades-old buildings with inefficient heating and cooling systems, reducing energy costs. energy costs and reducing its environmental impact, ”Broitman said in a statement.

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