Established in 2000 by Dame Shirley Porter and her late husband, Sir Leslie Porter, then Chancellor of Tel Aviv University, the Porter School of Environmental Studies is an independent graduate school. It is Israel’s first graduate school to focus on research, teaching and the sharing of environmental knowledge, and one of the few worldwide to take a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental issues in Israel and the surrounding region.
The schools building is the first “green building” at Tel Aviv University and also one of the first of its kind in Israel. Employing a range of environmental technologies, including photovoltaic panels for energy production and wastewater recycling, the building’s design stands to receive the LEED Platinum accreditation of the US Green Building Council.
In 2018, Tel Aviv University launched a new multi-disciplinary Nano-Satellite Center focusing on “New Space“; a revolution in how we go to space, and how we use space.
“New Space” is also a new revolutionary philosophy in space research, focusing on academic and commercial entities that develop faster, better and cheaper access to space missions, with a focus on socio-economic applications such as monitoring the environment, climate change, natural hazards, smart cities, and more. The data from these missions will be used for scientific research and applications.
The main tool in New Space is “cube satellites” made of units of 10x10x10cm cubes that can be attached together to build larger satellites.
In 2021 Tel Aviv University created an interdisciplinary PlaNet Zero Climate Action Center, this center will aim to find practical solutions to the global crisis.
The center, headed by Prof. Colin Price, will be the first of its kind in Israel, operating as part of the University’s School of Environmental Sciences. It will cover climate issues from all angles using the knowledge, resources and skills of all faculties on campus (engineering, medicine, exact sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, law, social sciences, humanities and the arts).
The center will collaborate with industry, academia and government actors, in Israel and around the world, to promote the development of technological solutions, raise public awareness, advance legislation and regulations and more.