As part of ”Green Knesset,” the flagship project of Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, 35 employees from various departments in the Knesset completed a week-long course which focused on environmental ethics, environmental law and environmental economy.
The course curriculum was developed by Dr. Samuel Chayen, sustainability coordinator of the Green Knesset project, and the Department for Continuing Education.
The lecturers, journalists and academics who are experts in sustainability, included Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University; Prof. Ofira Ayalon, director of the Natural Resources and Environmental Research Center at Haifa University; environmental affairs reporter Aviv Lavie; and Amir Balaban of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
In addition to the lectures, the participants toured the Knesset building in order to learn more about what is being done in the framework of the Green Knesset project, such as the replacement of dichroic halogen bulbs with LEDs, the installation of a photovoltaic system on the roof of the parliament and more.
Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot suggested that the Knesset employees who took the course set up a ”Green Patrol” that will help promote environmental activity within the Knesset and outside of it.
”This patrol,” he said, ”will visit kindergartens, schools and universities to pass on the messages of sustainability, so that they will be implemented in other places.”
Plot informed the participants that a ship carrying the panels for the solar field that will be installed on the Knesset`s roof is due to arrive in Israel at the end of the month.
During the final day of the course, the employees visited the Jerusalem Bird Observatory of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, located near the Knesset. There they learned about incorporating urban nature with urban planning processes.