Surprise Lake Camp is proud to be part of the Jewish Greening Fellowship (JGF), a program of UJA-Federation of New York and the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Through a grant from the JGF, we were able to expand our camp wide recycling program this summer to include paper and battery recycling in all the units of camp. We also repainted and improved signage on our recycling bins. And we purchased new equipment and created new routines for composting food waste from our kitchens and dining room. As most of our campers understand, all of these efforts reduce the amount of garbage we produce, helping to alleviate the stress on garbage dumps. In the case of recycling, they also cut down on the consumption of resources and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
We also replaced approximately 90 light fixtures throughout camp with more efficient equipment. This project was completed with help from Central Hudson’s Commercial Energy Efficient Lighting Program. It will cut down on our use of electricity, which reduces the emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and sulfur dioxide into the environment.
These new initiatives, of course, are on top of Surprise Lake Camp’s existing recycling efforts, the solar panels on the gym, our growing use of non-toxic cleaning supplies, our ongoing improvements designed to save energy, our refusal to use pesticides and herbicides on our site, and the educational programming we provide.
We are proud at Surprise Lake Camp that when it comes to the environment, we don’t just talk the talk, we also walk the walk.