greenXchange is an initiative by the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) to establish a platform for young professionals from Israel and Germany who are in any way involved in the environmental field – whether as lawyers, engineers or biologists. The members take part in annual seminars where they learn about innovative technologies, environmental policy and green start-ups in both countries. Afterwards, they develop and pursue their own projects in cooperation with JNF-KKL and external partners.
Additionally, greenXchange hosts other activities such as field trips or workshops on environmental topics.
With this approach, the program serves as a new basis for environmental cooperation between Israel and Germany and for exchange and understanding between young professionals of different cultural and professional backgrounds.
Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s former Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, about greenXchange in her speech at the Reception of the Israeli Embassy in Germany on May19th, 2015:
“I am happy to see that the environmental dialogue between Israel and Germany stands on broad grounds. A good example for this is the greenXchange program, in which students, PhD candidates, and young professionals of both countries regularly compare notes about German and Israeli environmental projects.”
Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Ambassador of the State of Israel in Germany, about greenXchange in his speech at an event of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation on June 25th, 2015 in Berlin:
“[The greenXchange] program was launched in 2011 and serves as a very good example of how the green issue brings together Israelis and Germans. [greenXchange] is a very lively forum where young people from both countries, undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals meet on a regular basis and discuss environmental projects.
Yearly seminars are taking place in Israel and Germany and help to build a network of environmental cooperation. greenXchange is about creating the future together […]. And I am happy that with this program our Embassy can contribute to promote the young green leadership in our countries.”