Through collaboration with the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and Amir Yechieli, founder of Israel-based “Yevul Mayim,” the Jack Flamholz Water Sustainability Project has successfully introduced water conservation curriculum and rainwater harvesting to Hawthorne Elementary School in Teaneck. This is the first project of its kind in New Jersey and will allow students to explore ideas on water conservation in public and private spaces, utilizing Yecheili’s unique rain barrel design for hands-on learning. Rain barrels have also been installed at Teaneck Creek Conservancy and the Flamholz household for public demonstrations.
“It’s wonderful to be able to bring expertise from Israel and weave it into my home and into local organizations. I hope there’s room for growth and that we can eventually see day-schools with similar programs,” says Jack’s wife, Beverly Luchfeld.
Alexa Marques, Executive Director of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy added her excitement about the project’s local focus. “We look forward to further collaborations with our neighbors at Hawthorne Elementary in promoting water conservation and making Teaneck a greener place,” she said, “And we thank the Jack Flamholz Water Sustainability Project for their support, commitment, and guidance.”
On Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 9 am, the inauguration of the rain water system will take place at Hawthorne Elementary School; you can RSVP here.