07/10/2014

Environment and Sustainability in Focus at Presidential Sukkah
Visitors will learn about green building and other sustainability issues at the presidential open house on Sukkot
 
​Israelis and tourists who visit the president’s sukkah this holiday will learn about issues related to sustainable development in Israel. Those are the themes for the presidential open house this Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles. The president holds the annual event every Sukkot, a Jewish holiday during which those celebrating eat and sometimes sleep in homemade huts called sukkahs. Some of the main activities of the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) will be featured as part of the theme.

​While Sukkot is celebrated from Oct. 9-15th this year, the presidential open house will be held on Monday morning, Oct. 13th. Doors will be open from 9:00 – 12:00, and entrance is free of charge.

In accordance with the environment and sustainability theme, the presidential sukkah will be decorated with a "green wall," and will be filled with a variety of fruits and vegetable species. The MoEP is coordinating the event in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Some of the MoEP’s main prioritiy areas will be on focus at the open house, including:

  1. Environmental Equality: The MoEP is promoting an Equality in the Environment program, aimed at strengthening weak populations and ensuring that environmental safety is available for all Israeli citizens. Among the features of this program are financial investments in the areas of:
    1. waste collection and treatment in lower socio-economic areas, especially Arab and some ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods;
    2. national civil service programs that will send volunteers into communities in the periphery to teach them about sustainability, recycling, and more; and
    3. support of community non-profit organizations.

 

More about the MoEP’s Environmental Equality program.

  1. Recycling Revolution: The Recycling Revolution, being led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP), is a comprehensive program that is moving the country away from landfilling and toward Israel’s goal of turning waste from a nuisance into a resource. The ultimate goal is to increase household waste recycling and recovery to 50% by 2020.

 

More about the Recycling Revolution.

  1. Green Building: The MoEP is leading an effort to raise awareness about the economic and health benefits of green building. While building green can be more costly, the return on investment justifies those costs, in terms of lower electricity and water costs, as well as a reduction in disease, since green building can hep prevent allergies and asthma in children.

 

More about green building in Israel.

 

The president’s house is at 3 Hanasi Street, Jerusalem. All visitors must have a teudat zehut (Israeli ID card) or passport in order to enter. You will not be allowed to enter with bags or packages. It is recommended that you arrive by public transportation.