Meet us at the Boulder Jewish Festival!
Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects – SIPP
Where: On Pearl Street Mall in Downtown Boulder, in front of the Court House. When: June 4, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Quick SIPP Update 1: Kidron/Nar Basin Project
As you may know, the Kidron Basin Initiative, in partnership with a number of other organizations, has been constructing a small-scale demonstration wetlands to treat sewage from a pair of middle schools in Al Ubeidiya, just outside of Jerulsaem, and plans to build a larger scale wetlands to treat the sewage from approximately 1500 residents of Al Ubeidiya. Construction of the small-scale wetlands project was just finished (May 2017). And, thanks to the generous support from our SIPP community (you!), SIPP has partnered with the Kidron Basin Initiative to more than quadruple the donations we received in support of the large-scale wetlands project. Aside from the residents of Al Ubeidiya, one of the beneficiaries of this project is the historic Mar Saba Monastery, whose water supply has been tainted by waste water from Al Ubeidiya seeping into its cisterns. This project is intended to intercept and treat that waste water.
Quick SIPP Update 2: Electronic Waste In Israel and the West Bank
SIPP is working with Nidal Allis of Techno Rescue in Aurora, CO (see more info on Nidal and Techno Rescue below), and Anne Peters of Gracestone Inc. in Boulder, CO, to promote environmentally responsible processing of electronic waste in the West Bank. Nidal is hoping to travel to the region late this summer.
SIPP is also providing comments to AJEEC-NISPED and Adam Teva v’Din (two Israeli NGOs concerned about electronic waste in Israel and the West Bank) on a policy paper regarding the implementation of Israel’s Electronic Waste law. The current law envisions recycling or otherwise environmentally managing 50% of Israel’s electronic waste, but the law is fraught with implementation issues.