Environmental education for Tikkun Olam (healing our relationship with the world) with our hands, minds, and hearts
Established in 1997, the Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) developed from a growing desire on Kibbutz Lotan to reduce environmental impacts and to embrace a more sustainable way of life. From early ground-breaking initiatives in waste-management that served as a model for other communities throughout the country, to pioneering experiments in extreme desert organic food production and energy efficient construction using natural materials, the CfCE has become a world-class training, research and demonstration center for capacity building in sustainability. Our focus is on quality, experiential and practical education in local organic food production, ecological building methods, appropriate technologies, permaculture design and community resilience that serves to inspire, motivate and empower people to build a sustainable community and to take creative action for positive change towards social and environmental justice.
The CfCE won the Israel Ministry of the Environment’s Shield award in 2000 for its work in environmental education and was instrumental in Kibbutz Lotan receiving the prize for Ecovillage Excellence in 2006 from the Global Ecovillage Network for work in environmental education and outreach, waste management and ecological building.
The CfCE runs ongoing and tailor-made educational courses, training and workshops for all ages, and manages Kibbutz Lotan's Nature and Migratory Bird Reserve, the Eco-Kef – Ecological Educational Park and the EcoCampus.
Environmental education for Tikkun Olam
Healing our relationship with the world with our hands, minds, and hearts.
Empowering individual change-makers and future leaders, to engage in creative action towards environmental sustainability and social justice in order to build healthy communities, organizations, and businesses.
To provide world-class training, research and demonstration center for capacity building for all age groups in local organic food production, ecological building methods, appropriate technologies, permaculture design, and community resilience.
- To instill a sense of wonder for nature and the environment, while developing awareness and knowledge of the global challenges being faced
- To influence individual and communal attitudes and decisions about lifestyle
- To empower change through the development of a bank of practical ideas and methods in order to encourage and support actions for the environment and for social and environmental justice
- To connect contemporary environmental thinking to a liberal, progressive Jewish perspective while celebrating the diversity of all cultural backgrounds