Help us GREEN the Old City of Jerusalem !

Update: After the great success of the first part of the Green Roofs & Living Walls project, and the warm and happy feedback of residents and pilgrims – WE invite YOU (organizations, institutes, individuals) to take with us the next step!

>> Support this beautiful initiative by funding flowers in the Christian Quarter St. in the Old City of Jerusalem!
>> Contact us for more info at: n.b@saintlazarefoundation.org

A few words about the Green Roofs & Living Walls project:

Saint Lazare Holy Land has set itself a goal: to make the Old City of Jerusalem greener and more beautiful for residents and pilgrims alike. Beyond the numerous environmental benefits explained below, we believe that flowers and plants make the city more beautiful, and help to create a sense of shared responsibility for the communities and in the public domain.

What we did so far?

So far we planted in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem Old City (in Saha Square and in Jabshe Street and began the first part of the Christian Quarter Street’s arches). This part of the project is made in cooperation with the Committee of the Christian Quarter and the residents, who all volunteer to promote this inspiring initiative.
We would like to expand and green all the arches of the Christian Quarter Street and beyond. This beautiful long street is full of shops and commerce and is an important pathway for many pilgrims and residents. Greening all its arches will make it a unique site in the Old City.

You are all invited – Organizations, institutes, individuals, and others – to join the green community of Jerusalem! Supporters will be mentioned with high appreciation! AND- The most beautiful part of the street.. will be awarded at the end of the year!

Take a look at a few pictures of what we have done so far in the Christian Quarter Street!

Click here for more pictures and updates on our facebook page “Greening the Roofs and Walls of Jerusalem”

 

Green Roofs & Living Walls

General Mission

Our mission is to develop and enhance the Old City of Jerusalem by increasing the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs, green walls, and other forms of living architecture, through education, advocacy, professional development and celebration of excellence.

The current economic market does not value the tangible benefits of green roofs and walls to their full potential. In a triple-bottom-line approach we are striving to create awareness of the need to integrate social and environmental benefits in economic planning, since the benefit of green roofs and walls is not only aesthetic, but also has bearing on the reduction of heat,  increase in humidity, and urban resilience.

Green Roofs

A green roof, or rooftop garden, is a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. Green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air. On hot summer days, the surface temperature of a green roof can be cooler than the air temperature.

Green roofs can be installed on a wide range of buildings, from industrial facilities to private residences. They can be as simple as a 2-inch covering of hardy ground cover or as complex as a fully accessible park complete with trees. Green roofs are becoming popular all over the world.

Green infrastructure also supports urban biodiversity and provides an opportunity to grow food locally! This goes hand in hand with concepts of Slow Food and bio diversity.

Public benefits:

IMG_8387++Aesthetic improvement
Waste diversion
Storm water management
Moderation of Urban Heat Island effect
Improved air quality
New amenity spaces
Local job creation

 

Private benefits:

615595_239597509499850_337577298_oEnergy efficiency
Increased roofing membrane durability
Fire retardation
Reduction of electromagnetic radiation
Noise reduction
Marketing

 

Design-specific benefits:

Increased biodiversity
Improved health and well-being
Urban agriculture
Educational opportunities