THE SUSTAINABLE JERUSALEM LOBBY
The Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby was launched in January 2018 and is an initiative of the Jerusalem Green Fund
The Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby is a forum of local organisations and groups who are all working for the environmental and social improvement of Jerusalem.
Members of the lobby have a shared vision for a more sustainable Jerusalem, which provides the basis for new groups to join the lobby as we move forward. By generating a groundswell of public support for our agenda, we aim to have a positive impact on the Mayor and on policy-making in the Jerusalem City Council.
The Mayor of Jerusalem meets with members of the SJL every three months. Each meeting is dedicated to a specific environmental concern for the city.
Examples of topics that have been discussed are waste management in the city, conservation of local trees, climate change.
As a result of our regular meetings with the Mayor, he has now requested the SJL to write and submit recommendations for "Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change."
Members of the lobby are community centers, organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals that identify with the need to join forces in order to achieve the following goals.
Work together to create a vision for Jerusalem inspired by the Sustainable Jerusalem Charter (originally published in 1998).
Place the agenda of urban sustainability firmly on the public map, as an essential ingredient for a cleaner, greener, and healthier Jerusalem.
Before municipal elections: interviews were held with mayoral candidates, asking for their commitment to sustainable development policies that have not yet been sufficiently pursued by the municipality and its leadership. Candidates were graded according to their responses. During their term of office, the lobby is following the Mayor’s track record.
Bring important Jerusalem issues to the attention of Knesset committees, and other relevant forums.
Generate serious media coverage of the issues raised by the lobby.
Before municipal elections: the public and lobby members were invited to a series of panel discussions where candidates for office were given the opportunity to express their support for the Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby’s agenda.
Invite new organizations to become active members of the SJL.