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"Ironi is the New Green": Be'er-Sheva Joins Quality of Life Alliance

Publish Date: 3/12/2018
The Be'er-Sheva Municipality is proud to join the "Alliance of Cities for Quality of Life and the Environment" - the new environmental program of 15th Forum (the Forum of Independent Cities in Israel). The alliance, which will be signed on the 18th of March, is the continuation program of the 15th Forum's "Climate Forum" of 2008, which aims to unite the largest cities in Israel in favor of joint activities to promote urban sustainability.

The municipalities that have joined the "Alliance of Cities for the Quality of Life and the Environment" commit to a long list of measures aimed at promoting urbanism, sustainability, and environmentalism over six areas of activity in fields including: energy and green building, transportation, waste and consumption, and motivating change among residents.

The program is based on the vision of urban sustainability - promoting quality of life and the environment in the city, in a way that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The goal of the program is to establish a uniform standard for the promotion of urban sustainability and to place the cities of Israel in line with the world's leading cities in this field. This green plan will provide the municipalities with the tools to deal with the challenges of the 21st century in the environmental, social, and economic sectors. The program will contribute to nurturing a vibrant and prosperous city that will empower its community.

As part of the implementation of the plan, the Be'er-Sheva municipality undertook it upon itself to promote a policy of energy efficiency in municipal facilities, assimilation of a green building standard in city buildings, participation of residents in urban activities, encouragement of sustainable transportation, waste reduction, encouragement of local consumerism, adoption of sustainable planning principles, and strengthening the local economy wherever possible.

The Be'er-Sheva municipality will promote a variety of projects, such as tree planting to shade public spaces, preserving and nurturing urban nature, establishing community gardens, using reclaimed water and economical irrigation, paving bicycle paths, encouraging reuse of everyday items, and green energy production throughout the city.

Environmental and sustainability considerations will also be incorporated into municipal work - environmental requirements will be incorporated into municipal tenders, its vehicle fleet will be gradually upgraded to hybrid vehicles, municipality buildings will be managed with environmental thinking, and more.

The activities included in the plan are expected to contribute to strengthening the urban space, empowering the city's community, reducing the city's ecological footprint, and improving urban resilience.

As mentioned, in 2008, the Be'er-Sheva municipality joined the 15th Forum's Climate Forum and continues to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the city. Moreover, as part of the implementation of the Climate Forum by the member municipalities of the 15th Forum, an urban sustainability coordinator was appointed and a mechanism for urban sustainability was established in all municipal departments. In addition, the Israeli Standard for Green Building was adopted as a binding requirement in new buildings. Projects were promoted in the areas of energy efficiency, use of alternative energies, implementation of a policy for preservation and protection of urban nature sites, and more.