Building Green: Jerusalem’s First Sustainable Housing Development

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Roasting in the summer, freezing in the winter? Welcome to life in my Jerusalem apartment, and thousands of others like it. But if buildings are built according to environmental and climatic principles, it doesn’t have to be that way. “Jerusalem has virtually the perfect temperature for houses,” explained green architecture consultant, Valentina Nelin when I […]

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Hiria: A Garbage Dump Turned Recycling Dream

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At 70 hectares big, the Hiria garbage dump is pretty hard to miss.It’s literally a mountain of garbage. Located off of the road connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Hiria is a cautionary tale of consumerism, excess waste, and what happens when you don’t reduce, reuse and recycle. An ecological disaster since 1952 when it first became […]

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Cotton's Organic Clothes Are Soft on the Environment

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Last week we wrote about an environmentally conscious window display in Tel Aviv designed by Shulayim Studio, but the store that the window belonged to – Cotton – is news worthy as well. Cotton started making a limited line of clothes in 1992 with the goal of creating pieces that are unique, comfortable, woman-friendly, environmentally-friendly, […]

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Review of 'God in the Wilderness'

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Here is the first in the summer season of Green Prophet ‘eco-reads festival’: environment-focussed books , some sharp and caustic, some funny or fact-filled, all written to get us thinking and working for the earth. Over the next month or so, a new review will go live each week, written by a diverse group of […]

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Green Your Campus

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Thanks to the Birthright programme and the array of gap-year schemes, more young people from across the world have the opportunity to visit Israel, get back to their roots and find out what life is like for their Israeli cousins. Now foreign students can gain skills about environmental advocacy and campaigning – Israeli-style – to […]

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Get Your Dry Cleaning Wet

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Last week we reported the good news about a new environmentally friendly laundromat service in Tel Aviv.  But what about those delicate items that you can’t just throw in the laundry?  Things like silk, wool, or garments with sequins and embroidery?  Usually you’d just take these to the dry cleaner’s, right? Well, think again.  Most […]

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Greening Local Politics

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Municipal elections will be held across Israel in November, and here in Jerusalem the current incumbent, Uri Lupolianski, will be challenged by Nir Barkat and Arcadi Gaydamek. While Jerusalem is always hotly contested for many reasons, this year a coalition of green groups has launched an initiative to get the environmental agenda high on each […]

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The Green Vote

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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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Water Pact Between Israel and China

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Hebrew University, sent Green Prophet this press announcement today. Water seems to be the talk of the town these days: Possessing only 6.2% of global freshwater resources to supply 21% of the world’s population, China’s severe water shortage has become one of the most pressing dangers the country faces, threatening its fast-growing economy. Despite its […]

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Water-a-Plenty – Even in Israel?

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 We’re accustomed to the doom-and-gloom prophecies of Israel’s chronic water shortage and how the thirst of the growing population of a country that is over 50% desert is going to crash and burn one day in the future. So it came as a shock to the system to hear Machiavellian German hydrogeologist, Clemens Messerschmid insist […]

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