Holy City and Windy City Alliance

The cities of Chicago and Jerusalem executed a Friendship Agreement on March 9, 2011. Jerusalem's Deputy Mayor, Naomi Tsur and Chicago's Commissioner for the Environment, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, signed the agreement in Chicago, agreeing to share lessons learned and best practices on urban environmental causes. 


The Jerusalem Foundation facilitated the connection between Chicago and Jerusalem and the formulation of the agreement.  Chicago is considered aleading city on environmental and ecological issues.


"Jerusalem and Chicago will share their respective expertise on environmental issues, including technology, ideas and projects," said Ruth Cheshin, President of the Jerusalem Foundation. "Chicago is a prime example of excellence in greening urban areas and Jerusalem has much to learn from it.”


The Jerusalem Foundation has been supporting 'green' projects in Jerusalem for some time, recently installing rain water harvesting tanks at 30 schools inthe city to preserve one of the country's most precious resources for use in schools.


And Jerusalem's community gardens,built over the course of the Foundation's 45 year history, has a special place in the city's plans to become more environmentally-friendly.  In many places, community gardens now have composting, recycling bins, and areas where residents can plant and tend their own garden.


After the agreement was signed, theJerusalem Foundation and Deputy Mayor Tsur met with business leaders in Chicago and Philadelphia to build relationships that will continue to support Jerusalem's effort to become a "green city.


Holy City And Windy City Alliance