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Israel in Your Backyard

University of Florida

 
 
Israel in Your Backyard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
1. Israel in Your Backyard Marker
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In the 2008-2009 school year, UF Hillel set out on a mission to educate students at the University of Florida about a side of Israel rarely seen by creating a yearlong initiative to educate students about Israelís contributions to the environmental movement. The year began with a recycling party demonstrating the importance of recycling in our society, continuing with workshops conducted by Awesome Edible Landscapes and having Michael Granoff from “Better Place” address students about the possible use of alternate technology to power vehicles. During these programs, UF Hillel, along with other environmental groups on campus, spent time in the Turlington area to educate students, faculty, and administration about how Israel has changed our environmental world. These events included things such as planting your own pots and a CFL light bulb exchange.

The culmination of the initiative is the creation of this garden. The goal of the garden is to show students firsthand the Israeli technology being used in their own backyard. With the help of Israel Campus Coalition Israel Advocacy Grant Project and support by the
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AVI CHAI Foundation, we were able to make this dream a reality. Students in a UF Landscape Design course were charged with an assignment to create their vision of the garden that stands before you. The garden includes native Israeli plants such as the pomegranate and fig tree and utilizes Israeli technology such as the drip irrigation. This garden is a small footprint of Israelís long path of continually improving how we live with the environment.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationEnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 29° 39.13′ N, 82° 21.002′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker can be reached from West University Ave, 0.1 miles west of NW 20th Terrace. The marker is attached to the east side wall of Hillel Norman H. Lipoff Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2020 West University Ave, Gainesville FL 32603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emerson Alumni Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida Field (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gatorade's Birthplace (about 800 feet away); Murphree Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dale Van Sickel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Bachman
Israel in Your Backyard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
2. Israel in Your Backyard Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Ray Graves (approx. 0.2 miles away); Steve Spurrier (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
View of the garden image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 24, 2020
3. View of the garden
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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