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Israeli Green Funds Turn Red

It may pay to invest green, but Israeli green funds are momentarily in the red, reports the Israeli business newspaper, The Marker. Israeli green mutual funds trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) invest primarily in foreign companies. The growth of the shekel, the nosedive of the dollar, plus a decline in the cost […]

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Israel’s Water at the Mercy of Heaven?

It seems that we’ve been too spend-thrifty with our water and it’s all running out. By the end of this year, if we do not do something drastic the water levels will become so low that our natural water sources will become polluted. What is our government doing towards a solution? “By the end of […]

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Tread Lightly: An Update

Back in January I wrote about the ‘Tread Lightly’ environmental project run by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK, (you can read the previous post here) and promised an update, so 3 months later, I’ve reviewed my pledges and progress, and that of the entire community who signed up – to date, 4209 folk around […]

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Hey planet, how will spaceship earth remember you?

The Earth has a memory. It has records of African flowers blooming in the summer; it remembers cold, desolate Arctic winters since winters began, and the spawning of coral in the Great Barrier Reef one night, every spring. I remember my first lesson as a child, on how the Earth remembers. The teacher had brought […]

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Eco Purim

With the holiday of Purim drawing near it’s a great opportunity to rethink bad holiday habits. Here’s a few things to mull over: Think reusable with the Mishloach Manot. Baskets look nice, but they usually go straight to the garbage. Save those bottles, some places even give you money for them… (usually supermarkets) Do you […]

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Make Bugs, Not Pesticides

Most people know that organic produce is good and that pesticides are bad. Not only do pesticides have negative effects on human health, having been linked to neurological problems, various cancers, Parkinson’s disease, kidney damage, and reproductive disorders, to name a few, but pesticides have negative effects on the environment as well. The toxic pesticides […]

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Making Light of Trash

We all know the saying: one's mans trash is another man's treasure. Embarrassing as it was in my younger years, my father was a collector and seller of other people's trash and today makes a living from it. He calls it curbside shopping.

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The Green Vote

When looking for the next candidate for whatever office we look at whether the candidate is good for us. What are his/her ideal? Is s/he a good manager? Does s/he understand micro and macro finances? … oh yeah, and is s/he good for the environment? Environmental organizations launched a campaign yesterday to evaluate candidates according […]

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Can This Be Fixed?

The other day I was out with a friend and she told me that she had to stop by the shoe store to get knew shoes. I asked her why, and she responded that the backs of her shoes had been squashed and it was uncomfortable. I was able to convince her to check out […]

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The Water Crisis and the Electric Car

The public discussion of Israel’s water problems intensified last week, with Israel’s most respected newspaper, Ha’aretz, calling on water authorities to shift to regulating demand for the scarce resource. During the same week, a new study was released which suggested that a shift to electric cars could seriously impact water consumption in countries where this […]

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Walking tour for a sustainable Israel

With spring just around the corner, the weather in Israel is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and getting back to nature. Before the short, but icy winter melts into the fierce summer heat, Israel’s Heschel Center for Environmental Leadership will be teaming up with Hazon in New York for a four-day hike along the northern […]

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Do I really need this?

Ever have the gimme gimme’s? Hyper-consumption is a major contributor to environmental degradation. By getting in the habit of asking ourselves the question “Do I really need this?” each time we see something that catches our eye we can lessen the impact on the planet and save a ton of cash too.

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Weekly Prophecies: The Roundup

Check it out: A solution to all that trash. Do the words “business” and “green” sound antithetical to you? Read on. Now you can wear your favorite banner advertisement on your purse. Forever. Claudia waxes rhapsodic about a new organic restaurant in Tel Aviv. It’s all about the buckwheat dumplings! Here’s what we bet is […]

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Green Building or Greenwashing in Kfar Saba?

Slowly, but surely Israel is catching on to the idea of green building. We are wondering if the Israeli-style new “green” building neighborhood set to take over 650 dunams of land in Kfar Saba is really as green as it boasts. A while back we read about single-family homes to be built there (a la […]

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Green Your Microwave

Microwaves are great cooking tools, they might not be the healthiest way to go but they sure do save time. Here are some tips to keep that cooking green: The greenest, and safest, way to cook in a microwave is to cover your food using oven-safe glass cookware, which eliminates waste and the potential for […]

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A Healthy, Sustainable Purim

Food is never something lacking at Jewish celebrations, but, like most things in life, their environmental footprint keeps expanding, whether the factory-farmed chicken that ends up in the soup pan, or the throwaway plastic cutlery destined to spend the next few centuries in a landfill site. Our friends at Jewish eco-NGO, Hazon, have devised a […]

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Green Space

One way of greening is economizing space and where better place to economize than than in your own home… Here are a few tips for making your home bigger:A flat screen mounted on the wall eliminates the need for a TV stand or armoire, it also looks sleek and great!Paint the walls and ceiling in a continuous […]

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Bialik Square Loses Famous Centerpiece

The colorful sculpture that once graced Bialik Square in the center of Tel Aviv is no more. The sculpture, designed for the square by artist Nahum Gutman in the 1970’s, rose out of a circular fountain and recounted 4000 years of Tel Aviv-Jaffa history in tiled mosaics. Today, a pile of dirt sits in the […]