The Knesset has made a concerted effort in recent years to go green, a spokesman
said ahead of Earth Day.
These efforts were spearheaded by the Green
Forum, a group founded two years ago composed of Knesset employees who volunteer
to make their workplace better for the environment. The forum submitted position
papers to Knesset director-general Dan Landau on energy, water, recycling and
other environmental issues.
Itai Feldman, a Knesset Research and
Information Center researcher, coordinates the Green Forum. Two forum members
have PhDs in areas related to environmental science.
The Green Forum’s
accomplishments include ensuring every office in the Knesset has recycling bins
for paper and that all printers are set to automatically print on both sides of
The Knesset hired outside consultants to check energy
efficiency, taking the forum’s recommendations into consideration. The final
report composed by the consultants will be implemented as part of the upcoming
The Green Forum is also working on a environmental
awareness course for Knesset employees.
On Tuesday, the Knesset plans to
hold extensive discussions of environmental matters, including Earth Day and
ammonia tanks situated near residential areas.