In the past decade, a tremendous green trend has been developing at Bar-Ilan University: the campus area has vastly expanded and today it includes 80 buildings and 300 laboratories on its grounds. With over 33,000 students in all 8 faculties, and approximately 1,700 faculty members teaching 8,000 courses in 52 departments. Great attention has been paid to the design, ornamental gardening and artistic landscaping, and in 2005 Bar-Ilan University won the Council for a Beautiful Israel’s Award for The Most Beautiful Campus in Israel.
During the University’s expansion, different environmental aspects have been taken into consideration, and were reflected in the various areas being developed. Even today, alongside its academic activities, Bar-Ilan University is investing great efforts into implementing the principles of sustainability and environmental citizenship, with the aim to trim down its “ecological footprint”.
Thanks to these efforts, this year Bar-Ilan’s campus won the official recognition of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection as a “Green Campus”.
Similar to the activities of academic institutions around the world, Bar-Ilan University will be focusing its efforts on improving and promoting environmental care in four major areas:
Community & Education
Bar-Ilan University encourages students and faculty to initiate and participate in activities that promote environmental protection and preservation of landscape values in the community. These activities are a part of the ongoing actions by the Legal Clinic, Student Association, Faculty of Life Sciences, and in the School of Education at BIU.
The University applies the principles of sustainability on campus by installing advanced technological aids for preserving water and electricity. In addition, it promotes conservation of resources and assimilates among workers and students the principles of recycling paper, cardboards, textiles and reducing waste intended for landfills.
Bar-Ilan University promotes research in the field of environmental protection and the development of energy-saving measures. Additionally, courses regarding environmental preservation are offered on campus designed for students from tall departments, in order to increase environmental awareness among them.
Developing the campus and its gardens, which have always drawn inspiration from Jewish ideals and culture, have resulted in the creation of “Story Gardens”. Strategically located among the University’s buildings, these gardens serve as open museums and points of reflection of the university’s worldview, one that combines Jewish tradition with modern technology and research.
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