The world is challenging but change can be made at our doorstep!
Orli Ronen, a leading expert on urban sustainability, shows how sustainability can transition from sporadic success stories to mass production in cities, within only 300 meters from home.
300 meters is a comfortable walking distance for most, and should also become the sustainability comfort zone, where options for good living are dense and simple.
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Orli is the head of the Urban Innovation and Sustainability Lab, at the Porter School for Environmental and Social Studies.
The lab is a cooperation between the Porter school and Tel-Aviv Municipality, enabling graduate students to work directly with policy actors in local authorities, helping them use environmental data to devise new sustainability programs and policies for their local area. Previously, she headed the Heschel Center for Sustainability, one of Israel’s leading environmental and social NGOs.
In 2015, Dr. Ronen drafted the Tel-Aviv Yafo Declaration on Civic Engagement and Smart Cities, which is part of the Habitat III New Urban Agenda, she also drafted Israel’s National Report to Habitat III.
She holds a PhD in Geography from Tel-Aviv University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Masters in Business Administration. Additionally, she was the 2009 recipient of the Green Globe for Local Sustainability.
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