The ‘Grinten’ competition that will be held as part of the Agromashov exhibition will test the authorities and councils in aspects of encouraging green construction, environmental education, water conservation, renewable energy, recycling and more. The competition will be held at the Cleantech 2023 conference, which will be held between June 27-28 at the Nation Buildings in Jerusalem. Chairman of the Regional Government Center, Shay Hajj: “The solution to the climate crisis is in the hands of the local authorities.” Who will be the 10 green cities and ten green councils in Israel and who will rank first? We will get the answer to this at the Cleantech 2023 conference, which will be held between June 27-28 in the Nation Buildings in Jerusalem.
As part of the conference – Israel’s main event for renewable energy, green technologies, green construction and green transportation – issues that are on the world agenda in view of global warming and the climate crisis – the ‘Greenton’ competition will be held, where the green authorities and councils in the State of Israel will be selected for 2023. By the way, in 2022 Holon, Turen, Yakneam, Karmiel, Kiryat Ono, Ma’ale Adumim, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Ofakim and Dimona were selected as green cities in Israel, the Carmel Beach for the Green Council in Israel and the Emek Hefer Council was awarded the Environmental Quality Label. This year there will be a ranking of places 1-10.
The competition between the local authorities, regional councils, moshavim and kibbutzim is in aspects of promoting a master plan and localities promoting the world of the environment, leading environmental education in formal and informal education, presenting the trend of streamlining and saving water, use of moshavim in public gardening, engineering activity that helps rainwater seep For groundwater, gardening with an emphasis on crypto plants, development of community gardens, cleanliness of public space, green energy, encouraging green construction, recycling and energy efficiency, recycling and separation of waste, use of green and renewable energy and activities that encourage the use of public transportation. A special committee of professional judges, consisting of environmental experts and public representatives, will examine the authorities that will register for the competition based on filling out a questionnaire that will present the work as well as a visit to the authority for impressions.
Shay Hajaj, chairman of the regional government center and head of the Merhavim regional council, explained that “the solution to the climate crisis is in the hands of the local authorities. Israel is the spearhead in the field of water desalination, sewage water purification for use in agriculture, smart and advanced agriculture – and desert agriculture, and there is no reason why we should not also lead in solutions to the climate crisis. But this requires support from the government.” Hajjaj is convinced that the authorities have a series of solutions to deal with the climate crisis, hence the importance of the competition: “Also on the subject of the climate crisis – as well as in other areas – the local authorities are the ones who will lead the change and bring about the revolution. There is a wide variety of options to successfully fight the energy crisis, and as we saw during the Corona period, not every initiative is suitable for every local authority. And so is the issue of climate. What is true for the rural area is not appropriate for the urban area. And even within the rural area, there are differences between one local authority and another.”
“This is a very important competition,” added the mayor of Dimona, Benny Biton, who also serves as the deputy chairman of the local government center. “The warming of the climate and the earth should concern every person in the world. They need to be hired and the authorities are the most important factor in the country that can act on environmental issues. This competition puts the authorities into action. I hope and believe that next year all the cities and local authorities will register for the competition.”