Green Campus

Green Campus

Netanya Academic College established an on campus "Green Council" directed by the president of the college, Prof. Zvi Arad and includes the following features, according to the memorandum of principles for a “Green Campuses” certificate from the Ministry of Environmental Protection:

Allocation of Environmental Protection study hours to the students of the college
Netanya Academic College allows students to select environmental studies in a number of programs:
  1. The law school program provides an annual elective course "Environmental Law" which awards four academic credits to its undergraduate law students. The college is offering this course for the past ten years, and it exposes the students to the environmental legislation in Israel, the basic and the modern, in light of the global developments in the various issues of environmental protection.
  2. The law school program offers the course "Environmental arbitration", which grants to the graduates an arbitrator certificate from the Ministry of Justice. This is a one semester course, which awards two academic credits and is given twice a year, both in the first semester and in the second semester. The course gives to the students tools for coping with environmental conflicts by means of mediation.
  3. For the next academic year (5772), the teaching committee of the college approved a new course to be available for the law school students on the subject of "Environment and Business", which awards four academic credits. The course will discuss the environmental risks in the business world, and will expose the students to the legal and economical aspects of the issue.
  4. These days, the Council for Higher Education approved the college’s new program for specialization in Management of Natural Resources and Environment, within the framework of the Masters Degree in Business Administration. An internship program was prepared in coordination with the Ministry of Environmental protection staff (headed by Mrs. Galit Cohen, Senior Vice President for Planning and Sustainable Development who was appointed by the Minister of Environmental Protection as a liaison with the college), and was praised by the MALAG examiners for being innovative and unique, and for emphasizing the practical aspects of environmental protection in the modern and sustainable business management.
 
Ongoing community environmental project

The community project is led by the Environmental Centre of the College, through students performing the activity by earning two academic credits, in the scope of 60 yearly hours, or as part of a special scholarship from “Psagot - The Youth Center of Netanya Municipality” totaling 130 yearly hours.

This year, the environmental community project was selected in collaboration with the Municipality of Netanya (Department of Environmental Protection), two schools in the Kiryat Hasharon neighborhood (Ort Yad Leibovitz middle school and the elementary school Tishrei), and with the cooperation of the residents of Kiryat Hasharon neighborhood. The project focused on "conservation vs. development", and was engaged in the struggle for preserving the “Sergeants’ grove” which is found inside the neighborhood.
In the project, the college students mentored high school students about the various aspects of the conflict which is characteristic to many of the natural and the environmental resources in Israel, unraveled the legal and public perspective of the subject and offered a stage for the residents that wage the struggle for the preservation of the grove, to tell its story and heritage and describe the unique diversity of the species in the area.
The culmination event of the community activity was a staged trial in which the middle school students argued, with the assistance of the college students, testimonies from witnesses from the neighborhood were given, and a verdict was rendered by a panel headed by the dean of the law school.
 
Intelligent conservation of resources
 
Saving electricity
A comparison of the power consumption in the college between the years 2008-2010, indicates a significant decrease in the power consumption of the college.
In 2009, there was a decrease in the electricity consumption expenses by about 3% compared to 2008.
In 2010 there was a decrease in the expenses for electricity consumption by about 13% compared to 2009.
The total power consumption of the college is declining significantly during 2008-2010.
By comparing the consumption data in kWH in the month of April of the last three years, it is apparent that in 2011 the power consumption of the college was half of that of April 2009, and a drop of about 25% was recorded in comparison to April of last year.

It is projected that in 2011 the steady decline of the college power consumption will continue due to increased energy saving that will be achieved after the installation of an additional innovative equipment for efficient energy consumption this year.

It should be noted that as part of the policy for becoming energy efficient, led by the director of the college, the college installed air conditioning regulation program, efficient lighting was installed in the classrooms (expected to be completed by the end of 2011), and detectors have been installed in the classrooms.
 
1.      Waste collection, disposal and recycling
The college installed paper collection containers for removal by “Amnir”, the paper waste disposal permit is attached as Appendix D6.
In addition, the college installed in a number of locations containers for the collection of plastic bottles, the approval of an agreement with the “ELA” corporation is attached as Appendix 7.
Additional step is the recycling of the toner cartridges of the printers and photocopy machines in the college, attached is a certificate of the engagement with the “Laser beam” company for recycling the toners in Appendix D8.
A certificate for the collection of recyclable oils from college cafeteria is attached in Appendix 9.
 
2.      Saving paper
The College, through the creation of websites for all the courses taught in the college, has significantly reduced the amount of the photocopied material. All the study materials are available for the students
on the corresponding course website. Some courses also offer the option to submit exercises and reports through a personal information system.
 
3.      Using environmentally friendly materials
The use of Styrofoam cups was discontinued in college, and we use only recycled cardboard cups and reusable utensils.
Attached is a certificate of the agreement to purchase recycled cardboard cups as Appendix D10.
 
4.      Water conservation
Water saving devices were installed in all the taps in the college.
Attached is a certificate for the continuous purchase of water saving devices as Appendix D11.
 
5.      Savings in kilometrage and encouraging public transportation usage and bicycles
The college parking had allocated parking spaces for bicycles.
The college also encourages in its publications the use of the train as the preferred mean for arriving to the college. The nearby train station is 10 minutes away from the college.
In the campus, two student dormitory buildings were erected, and an additional one is scheduled to be built.
Needless to say, these buildings will allow savings in fuel expenses for the students who live on campus.
 
Representatives:
Academic representatives of the college:
1.      Prof. Sinai Deutch - Dean of the Law School
2.      Tzipi Iser Itzik, Attorney - Director of the Center for Environmental Protection
 
Representatives from the administrative department of the College:
1.      Mr. Joseph Zeira – The college director
2.      Mr. Dov Fixler – The operations manager of the college
 
Students:
1.      Mrs. Shi Isaac - A law student, the Center for Environmental Protection
2.      Mr. Barak Perry - A law student, Center for Environmental Protection
3.      Mr. Chai Attia – member of the Student Union
4.      Mr. Shai Golan - Chairman of the Student Union
 
Netanya Municipality representatives:
1.      Mr. Micha Barel - Director of the Environmental Protection department, the Municipality  of Netanya
2.      Mrs. Malka Nusel, Lawyer- Netanya City Council member and member of the committee for urban environmental quality
3.      Mrs. Marina Elisha - Department of Environmental Quality, Municipality of Netanya
 
 
 
 

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