Green is the new education. Haifa intends to be a city that constantly promotes a healthy lifestyle for its residents, based on principles of sustainable planning and development. The Haifa City Administration believes that citizens' involvement in the proper and sustainable management of the city is one of the fundamental and crucial principles of a city developing in the 21st century.
The Haifa Municipality Education Administration is launching a unique sustainability program in elementary schools—and later in kindergartens—around the city. The director of the Formal Education Department of Haifa Municipality, Michael Shahar, presented the city's elementary school principals with the new sustainability plan, during a conference held over the weekend at the Haifa Theater.
The program, which will be integrated into the students' curriculum, includes significant measures to reduce consumption, including eliminating balloon bridges, reducing the use of plastic, switching to reusable utensils, saving electricity and recycling paper.
In addition, as part of the program, the children will visit agricultural farms and the Biological Institute and take part in a unique program carried out in cooperation with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
Director of the Formal Education Department, Michael Shahar: "All elementary and pre-elementary education enters the world of sustainability. A significant part of the plan is integrating and implementing daily and meaningful routines in order to reduce consumption and reduce harm to our environment."