In light of the pronouncement of Efrat, in Gush Etzion, as a “Green City,” Environment Minister Gilad Erdan will pay an official visit to the town on Tuesday.
Efrat is known as the capital of the south-of-Jerusalem Gush Etzion bloc of some 20 communities. The bloc’s total population is often given as close to 60,000, but this includes the hareidi-religious city of Beitar Illit, a relative newcomer to the area and founded with a different emphasis than the other towns.
Without Beitar Illit, Gush Etzion is populated by some 21,000 Jews, including over 8,000 in Efrat, close to 3,500 in Alon Shvut, and roughly 1,800 in each of N’vei Daniel and Elazar.
Minister Erdan’s Tuesday morning visit will focus on several environmental projects in the city. He will visit the Kasum Center, named for an acronym for Existence, Environment and Science, in which small children are taught about ecology, nature and the like.
Erdan will also visit the groves outside the Te’enah neighborhood, which have been adopted and cared for by the students of Efrat’s N’vei Shmuel Yeshiva High School.
Finally, Erdan will visit with Mayor Oded Revivi and city council members, discussing with them the significance of Efrat as a Green City.
From Efrat, Minister Erdan will continue southward and visit the waste disposal plant outside Carmel, and then newly installed wind turbine at the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Susia.
Also tomorrow, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz will pay an official visit to Kiryat Arba and nearby towns.