The Green Campus
Environmental Sustainability on Campus
The Hebrew University is committed to environmental sustainability and is working to implement it at the University and in the community. The University promotes groundbreaking sustainability research and develops initiatives to preserve the environment today and for future generations. The Rehovot campus of the Hebrew University has been declared a “Green Campus” for being eco-friendly, by a steering committee of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection. The University's Green Council supervises the implementation of sustainability practices, and works toward receiving the environmental seal of approval.
The Hebrew University offers a wide variety of Green Studies programs:
Environmental Studies: The School of Environmental Studies is designed to prepare the finest researchers and practitioners in the environmental fields, and provide them with tools for addressing inter-disciplinary and international issues. The School offers three bachelor's degree programs: Environmental Science, in the Faculty of Science; Environment and Natural Resources, in the Faculty of Agriculture; and Environmental Management, Planning and Policy, in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The School also offers a Ph.D. program.
Community-Development Studies: Community-Development Studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that provides tools and practical know-how to enable graduates to work with underdeveloped communities throughout the world. A semester-long internship with an international NGO is an integral part of this master's program. Designed for students who possess both a global perspective and an appreciation for local solutions, the program combines theoretical knowledge with the opportunity to gain experience in global development efforts. The program is taught in English at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government.
Nutritional Sciences: Founded in 1969, the School of Nutritional Sciences at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment aims to advance research and to train professionals in the field of nutrition. The school offers both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Institute of Urban and Regional Studies: This Institute in the Faculty of Social Sciences offers a graduate program designed to provide tools and knowledge of research methods, and prepare students for work as urban and regional planners and policy makers.
Atmospheric Sciences: This program, taught at the Earth Sciences Institute, provides the tools for understanding the processes that govern the climate system and the changes taking place in them. Topics covered include environmental remote sensing, the physics of clouds and rain, climate change, and atmospheric dynamics.
Soil and water sciences: This department at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment teaches and researches the ecosystem of soil, water and the atmosphere with an emphasis on plant habitats. There are two research centers at the department: The Seagram Center of Soil and Water Sciences and the Leo Picard Groundwater Research Center .
Student chapters of Green Course, an environmental organization, are active on campus. Green Choice is a student volunteer organization that creates environmental change through activism and the development of environmental leadership. The organization has more than twenty student chapters across the country.
The Mount Scopus Botanical Garden in memory of Montague Lamport: Established in 1931, Israel’s first botanical garden emphasizes the connection between plant groups and the surrounding geographical conditions. The Garden has an extensive collection of native Israeli plants and preserves a range of authentic species and habitats that characterize the different regions of the country. Following the Six Day War, the Garden was declared a campus "green area," also to be used for research and teaching purposes.
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens: Established in 1954, the Gardens are spread over 120 dunams (30 acres) and are home to some 10,000 plant species. With spectacular blooms throughout the year, the Gardens display the largest collection of living plants in the country. A focus of tourism and recreation, they also serve as an education and training center.
Recycling at the University
Throughout the campuses there are collection points for the recycling of materials including cardboard and paper.