UN World Development Information Day Conference Takes Place in Israel for the First Time

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For the very first time, UN World Development Information Day was observed by a conference in Israel. Since 1972, the United Nations has observed World Development Information Day every year on October 24th (which coincides with United Nations Day).  The goal of this day is to concentrate global public opinion on international development problems and […]

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Interview with Assaf Wexler of Dosuno Design, a Multidisciplinary Design Studio

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Green Prophet talks to Assaf Wexler of Dosuno Design about the sustainability of multifunctional furniture, using recyclable materials, and an eco-prognosis for his old hometown of Tel Aviv. When it comes to furniture design (or design in general), Green Prophet has consistently been a fan of the sustainable variety – which comes in many shapes […]

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Hasadna Design Workshop Does Upcycled Chandeliers With an Ice Cream Party

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!  (And upcycled ice cream spoon chandeliers.) Upcycled design (especially the fun kind) is definitely worthy of celebration, and all the more so with quality ice cream.  Jaffa-based upcycling design workshop Hasadna (Hebrew for “workshop”) celebrated and re-launched its line of plastic spoon chandeliers this week […]

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Yoav David, City Architect of Tel Aviv, Goes “EUREKA” About Urban Sustainability

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Commuter traffic and wasteful buildings are Tel Aviv’s biggest polluting culprits, according to City Architect of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Yoav David. As one of the events surrounding the EUREKA Israel Chairmanship this week, Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, Asaf Zamir, and Tel Aviv City Architect Yoav David  spoke to visiting European representatives about the city’s efforts […]

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EcoOcean Hosts Series of Marine Ecology Lectures

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Learn about yachting or climate change at EcoOcean’s diverse series of marine lectures. EcoOcean, an Israeli non-profit organization that acts to maintain a healthy eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea, believes that education and research are the main tools for treating marine ecological problems.  In the organization’s own words, education is a “tool that contributes to […]

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Israeli EUREKA Chair Hosts EU Reps and Promotes Cleantech R&D

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Israel chairs EUREKA this year and puts clean tech on the table. The EU-based EUREKA network is an organization that seeks to promote international, market-oriented research and innovation by supporting a variety of enterprises, industries, and research institutions.  EUREKA’s support enables these organizations to introduce new products and services that better the market and, in […]

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Marda Permaculture Farm Plants Sustainable Seeds in Palestine

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Marda Permaculture Farm shows that traditional and modern sustainable farming practices can go hand in hand. Amidst the conflict and destruction that plagues Palestine, the Marda Permaculture Farm stands out as a model of sustainability and greenery.  Founded in 2006 by permaculturist Murad Alkhufash (pictured above) who is a tenth generation farmer, the working farm […]

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Academic Research and Environmental Policy Conference at Tel Aviv University Tomorrow

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Who says that academia has to be detached from the real world? The world of academia is notorious for being detached from the real world.  There are plenty of good reasons why it’s called the “ivory tower”.  Because sometimes you just don’t care why Jacques Derrida chose to spell the word difference as differance, and […]

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Beirut’s “A New Earth” Provides Lebanese Urbanites a Place to Shop for Eco-Products

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Eco-friendly products AND vegan shwarma can be found at Beirut’s A New Earth. Sometimes, despite all our good intentions towards living a greener, healthier lifestyle, it’s just not convenient.  Sadly, most mainstream supermarkets don’t carry a variety of organic produce (if they carry it at all), and natural products may be few and far between.  […]

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Fashion Contest Inspired by the Sea of Galilee

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Israeli fashion show attempts to go “au naturale” with a natural-landmark-themed garment contest. Fashion and the natural world don’t always go hand in hand (unless you’re lucky enough to come across some whimsical banana-shaped pumps by designers such as Kobi Levi).  Usually haute couture is the anti-natural, with silhouettes that combat the shapes that we […]

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Build Next Year’s Sukkah With Hybrid Bamboo (aka Solar Schach)

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Is taking down this year’s sukkah already getting you thinking about next year’s? Have the end of the Jewish holidays, return to work, and impending cold weather got you down?  Fantasizing about next year’s warm evenings spent inside an outdoor sukkah (or temporary booth) might help fight that feeling.  This year’s much-publicized Sukkah City design […]

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Eran Hilerowicz, CEO of Koala Recycling Solutions, Speaks About Metal Recycling in Israel

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Eran talks about popularizing metal recycling in Israel and other Koala Recycling Solutions projects. After excitedly learning a few weeks ago that a new organization, Koala Recycling Solutions, was tackling the metal recycling issue in Israel, we decided to get in touch with its CEO, Eran Hilerowicz, to learn more.  Here’s what he had to […]

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Aish HaTorah Starting an Eco-Fellowship Program about Jewish Responsible Living

Aish’s eco-fellowships will teach young participants why being green is being more Jewish. Aish HaTorah, a leading organization in the realm of creative Jewish educational programs and leadership training, was founded in 1974 and has been trying to revitalize the Jewish community ever since. Now it is expanding its programming on Judaism and the environment […]

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Egyptian Bike Rack Design Competition Part of 350.org’s Global Climate Change Work Party

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The (designing) pen is mightier than the sword – protest climate change by thinking of cool bike rack designs. To protest the rise of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, global organization 350.0rg organizes a climate solution day each year. These protests, demonstrations, and pro-active events take place all over the world, including the Middle […]

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Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry to Rank Israel’s Beaches on Green-ness

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How green is your local beach?  Soon you’ll be able to check its ranking. Israel’s Mediterranean beaches are an attraction for tourists and locals alike. The sand is soft, the water is usually pretty clear, the weather is great… but some beaches can be cleaner (and greener) than others.  And the Environmental Protection Ministry plans […]

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Tel Aviv’s Salon Mazal to Host a DIY Recycled Craft Workshop This Week

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Salon Mazal’s eco-activists may be a little extreme, but they can still teach you some cool recycled crafts. Salon Mazal, an information center in Tel Aviv that spreads information about a whole range of issues including social change, human rights, animal rights, consumerism, feminism, and gender issues, is known for bringing together a collective of […]

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