Water, sustainable food sourcing and Israel’s green innovations were all hot topics during Sunday’s panel discussions and speeches at JNF’s Sustainability Conference, held April 27-29 in Red Rock, Nevada.
"The Summit with JNF ties together some of the key themes that inspire JNF's work in Israel: sustainability of water, food, and energy; innovation in preserving natural resources, and improving the quality of life for the people of Israel," said JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson.
This year’s conference drew experts in sustainability from the United States and Israel as well as young leaders interested in learning more about Jewish sustainability. Dr. Alon Tal, co-chair of the Green party and sustainability expert, remarked that he was “ glad to see so many younger persons” attend the conference this year.
Ronald Lauder, former JNF president and Keynote speaker also noted the number of young Jewish innovators in the room and issued them a challenge. “We have to get the world to understand what Israel stands for. They don’t want to,” he said during his address.
During Sunday’s panel discussions, several conversations highlighted the cooperation between the United States and Israel. Among the speakers, Patricia Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, gave a powerhouse presentation on the collaboration between the water authority and Israeli companies to help conserve water in the desert region. The successful conservation project, using Israeli technology, has reduced the amount of water each resident uses to 75 gallons and day in the arid region.
In the evening, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accepted an award for his sustainability leadership, including his work in making Better Place a reality. “I feel more comfortable here,” Olmert told the crowd of sustainability experts and young leaders.
He added that while Israel has made great strides in sustainable innovation in recent years, the work is not yet done. “The state of Israel is capable of turning the Negev into a paradise,” Olmert stated.
.ORG-Connection: JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. The Summit is a gathering of leaders and influencers to promote change in the story of our generation — sustainability.