The Environment in Rishon LeZion

 

Green City
For generations, the ecological balance and the quality of the environment have been severely compromised throughout the world, causing environmental problems such as pollution in drinking water, land, air, natural resources, etc.
Rishon LeZion places a special emphasis on transforming and branding itself as a “green” city. It advocates sustainable development in all areas of municipal life, to preserve and improve the quality of life for city residents in the present and future. For instance, the city promotes innovative technology for green energy production, the use of natural resources, recycling materials and turning environmental hazards into renewable resources, and ecological, green construction that takes environmental considerations into account and helps save energy.

To this end, the municipal authorities in Rishon operate in full cooperation with government ministries, including the Ministry for Environmental Protection, and various Israeli and international green organizations.

Main Areas of Environmental Activity:

  • Environmental planning:  Implementing environmental guidelines in the city building plan (CBP – “Taba”) as well as various other urban projects.
  • Noise and acoustics: Preventing and decreasing noise pollution from different stationary and mobile sources throughout the city.
  • Air pollution: Preventing air pollution from sources located in residential, commercial and industrial areas.
  • Electromagnetic radiation: Reducing the adverse environmental effects of cellular relay installations and electric power lines.
  • Industrial waste treatment: Preventing harmful industrial waste from being dumped untreated.
  • Hazardous substances: Regularly monitoring and controlling the collection, handling and disposal of dangerous substances in the city.
  • Trash collection and disposal: Operating the garbage collection and disposal systems.
  • Recycling: Collecting recyclable items, in cooperation with business owners and residents.
  • Transit station for urban waste: Running the station where garbage is sorted and separated for recycling, to reduce the volume of waste sent to be buried in southern Israel.
  • Environmental education: Through activity in the community and in the formal and informal education frameworks.

Environmental Education and Publicity Campaign
General: The Department of Environmental Education, part of the Environment Division, works to raise awareness of environmental subjects and instill values of sustainability, which means using existing environmental resources wisely and preserving them for future generations. The target market is formal and informal educational institutions, as well as the public at large.
Policy: The department’s policy emphasizes all community sectors in the city. An environment committee is active in Rishon, and many different municipal and external bodies cooperate on environmental subjects to coordinate informational and educational sustainability. These activities are determined according to the programs and goals of the Department of Environmental Education in the Ministry for Environmental Protection, and include the formal and informal educational institutions and the entire community.

Formal Education
Environmental education in the schools: City school teaching staffs are instructed and trained in various environmental subjects, such as how to develop environment-related curricula and study projects, and how to promote them in schools interested in receiving a “green seal” from the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Daycare centers and kindergartens:
The environmental education program “Looking Ahead – Learning to Live in a Sustainable World” is being disseminated and expanded in the city’s preschools so young children can learn about the subject early on and develop good habits. The city is helping these institutions receive the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s green seal.

Community
Informal education: Educational and community workers in afternoon programs, community centers, senior citizen day centers, retirement homes, businesses and other establishments are instructed and guided in implementing sustainability among their various clienteles. The department conducts a variety of training courses and study days for environmental activists and business owners – Your Green Business, and other programs.
Training cleanup trustees: Trained volunteers are in charge of maintaining cleanliness in the city and enforcing related laws by virtue of a Cleanup Trustee certificate. Training is provided by a representative from the Ministry for Environmental Protection to residents (aged 18 and over) interested in taking part in the city’s environmental activity.
Sustainable green neighborhoods: One city neighborhood was selected for a pilot program as a model of a sustainable neighborhood. A steering committee, composed of residents, municipal officials and professionals, was established to address a wide range of environmental issues through subcommittees:

  • Infrastructure, hazards and enforcement
  • Built-up and open spaces
  • Sanitation and environment
  • Education, culture and wellbeing

The committees are open to neighborhood residents and will devise an integrated work plan for improving the quality of life and environment in the neighborhood.