News and Events
“Hydro Biofiler” team awarded top prize in the LocalTAU Pitch Competition, Miami, Florida
LocalTAU (Miami, Florida) is an initiative of American Friends of Tel Aviv University. Its goal is to “use Tel Aviv University innovation to solve problems starting in our own backyard”. This year, LocalTAU inaugurated a Pitch Competition and invited teams affiliated with Tel Aviv Univeristy to pitch ideas to solve the following problem: “How can we treat stormwater runoff in a way that is sustainable (low-energy use) as well as cost-effective in a dense urban city adjacent to a sensitive aquatic ecosystem?”
The “Hydro Biofilter” proposal, a collaboration of the Center for Water Sensitive Cities in Israel and Tel Aviv University professor Dror Avisar, was selected as a competition finalist. Dr. Yaron Zinger, director of the Center for Water Sensitive Cities in Israel, and Professor Avisar traveled to Miami to participate in a week-long program (10-16 April 2019) to pitch their solution to an audience of experts, stakeholders and residents of Miami. The “Hydro Biofilter” team won first place, which includes $20,000 to begin researching and implementing its proposed solution.
Visit of delegation from India
Organized by CINADCO – The Center for International Agricultural Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
10.12.18: Lecture and field visit in Kfar-Saba
MASHAV International Course – Urban Water Technologies and Management
Organized by the Weitz Center for Sustainable Development
20.11.18: Lecture and field visit: Water Sensitive Cities
The Wetiz Center for Sustainable Development is a non-profit organization that offers training to professionals from developing countries and emerging economies in a range of topics relating to sustainable development. The Weitz Center organizes training courses sponsored by MASHAV (the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation) of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during which course participants spend 20 days in Israel and benefit from lectures, site visits and interactive sessions.
The Urban Water Technologies and Management course took place from 4 to 23 November 2018. As part of that course, Dr. Yaron Zinger, Director of the Center for Water Sensitive Cities in Israel, lectured on the topic of water sensitive cities and gave the group a tour of the Kfar-Saba biofilter.
Water Sensitive Cities Conference 2018
The 2018 Water Sensitive Cities Conference took place at Tel Aviv University on July 10, 2018. The Water Sensitive CIties initiative is supported by JNF Australia. The conference, which focused on the management and recycling of urban runoff, was hosted by KKL-JNF, the Center for Water Sensitive Cities in Israel, and the Zalul organization.
Water Sensitive Cities Conference 2017
The 2017 Water Sensitive Cities Conference took place at the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel in Ramat Gan on October 29, 2017. The main idea behind the event was to showcase the achievements in the field of water sensitive cities, and to talk about the way forward. The conference was hosted by KKL-JNF and the Center for Water Sensitive Cities in Israel. Among the participants were city planners, heads of local and regional councils, water authority officials, landscape architects and drainage engineers.