The Urban Sustainability Project- Our Goals
We aim to deliver policy packages to increase urban sustainability in municipalities around Israel. The Urban Sustainability project seeks to comprehend and analyze the urban lifestyle, with the understanding that a small change in the way city dwellers conduct their lives could yield a major and substantive change in our relationship with our environment, and that a proper approach to urbanism can change the current trend. In its quest for a new way of thinking, the project does not focus on technological innovations or economic models – tools that are customarily used in efforts to address the environmental crisis but, rather, on behavioral change as the key to creating a more sustainable way of life.
A central issue that the project seeks to address is the matter of consumption. Clearly consumption is a significant part of the modern lifestyle generally and the urban lifestyle specifically. Consumption substantially influences the use of natural resources, and current patterns of consumption must change in order to reduce the burden we are placing on eco-systems. The project aims to propose alternatives for the consumption of various products and services, which still maintain a high quality of life.
The Vision of a Sustainable City
A sustainable city enables a life of happiness and dignity for all, within and beyond the city itself. It uses its material, natural, human, and social infrastructures and resources wisely and fairly, while taking responsibility for its part in the management of global eco-systems, and with a sense of responsibility towards future generations and for the city’s physical and cultural heritage.
A city that strives for sustainability is a city that makes an effort to achieve this vision, and accordingly it
encourages and enables the following:
• The existence of human and environmental diversity for all;
• Infrastructures accessible to all and fair distribution of resources;
• Social, environmental, and economic resilience;
• Leadership in action, involvement in and commitment to sustainability;
• Participation by and cooperation among residents and all stakeholders – government, business, and civil society;
• Responsible and sustainable consumption;
• A selection of alternatives and options;
• A culture of trust, mutual respect, creativity, growth and innovation, mutual support, and participation;
• Community development, connectivity, communication, and social networks;
• Equal opportunities in education, employment, services, and leisure.