Tel-Hai College is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Israel in the environmental field, with the first comprehensive academic program focusing on environmental sciences, granting a B.Sc. degree in the field. In November 2008 Tel-Hai was granted the title of Green Campus by Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection, and in the following year the Green Campus Unit was established, in order to ensure a wide range of activities with long-term impact within the college and in the surrounding communities. The unit is led by a combined academic, administrative, and educational team, a large-scale Green Council, student Green Campus activists, and volunteers.
The Green Campus Unit is committed to rendering Tel-Hai a model of sustainability for our students, as well as a regional showcase for environmentally-conscious ways of life for both residents and municipal leaders. It works toward sustainable management of college resources, including the conservation of water, energy and paper, the use of environmentally-friendly materials, the proper treatment of waste, and the prevention of environmental pollution. Students' awareness is raised through "Environmental Wednesdays," featuring workshops, films, and lively discussions, a "Green Tea Corner" in the student club, with complimentary tea from a student-run herb garden, and information on social and environmental issues.
The Unit has developed a plan for a Green House and Green Technology Park to be created on campus, with devices and structures that demonstrate sustainable solutions and technologies. It also aims to collaborate with other colleges and universities in Israel and abroad, furthering mutual learning, joint projects, research, and development of diverse strategies for education and action.
A large range of initiatives in the community include environmental education, training of community activists, furthering green construction, cultivating urban nature and community gardening projects. The Green Campus Unit has also been instrumental in establishing the Upper Galilee Sustainability Forum, bringing together all players in the region to render it a model for sustainability. A proposed project to minimize the use of toxic pesticides and eliminate the health hazard caused by burning plant and tree cuttings in agriculture and public gardening is just one example of many programs being developed.