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Biogas Project for Bedouin Community Provides Environmental and Health Solutions (video)

Biogas Project for Bedouin Community Provides Environmental and Health Solutions (video)

August 13, 2008

Alternative Energy, Negev Development & Community Programs, Press Releases

NEW YORK, July 9, 2008–Ben-Gurion University graduate students developed environmentally sound methods of waste disposal for the Bedouin community. The project, “Promoting the Use of Biogas in Bedouin Villages and Training Bedouin Women Leaders in Environmental Health,” placed third in the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge.


Ilana Meallem who earned her master’s degree from BGU’s Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies and is now a faculty member at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and Mazen Zuabi, a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology at BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research hope to distribute the digester system to the local community, while training Bedouin women to operate them. In turn, the training will mobilize Bedouin women as environmental health activists in their communities.


The project, funded by the Rosenzweig-Coopersmith Foundation, a longtime BGU supporter, has been adopted by the University’s Center for Women’s Health Studies and Promotion because it is the women who are responsible for waste management, “therefore becoming exposed to environmental hazards that lead to chronic health problems,” according to Professor Julie Cwikel, the Center’s director.


View movie about the Bedouin biogas project
(5 minutes and 45 seconds).

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American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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