Environmental Sustainability & Intentional Community with Alex Cicelsky

October 30, 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hillel MSU & RCAH Theater East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Hillel MSU and at 8 p.m. at the RCAH Theater, hear two talks with Alex Cicelsky. Interested in community-building? Interested in issues of environmental sustainability? Food and food systems? Building and creating art with natural materials? Alternative energy? Philosophies of nature? Issues in the contemporary Middle East? Cicelsky, from the Center for Creative Ecology and Kibbutz Lotan (one of the RCAH's partners in the Green Israel environment/culture/politics study abroad program) talk about the kibbutz’s unique experiments in building an environmentally sustainable community in the desert, and the social, political and philosophical issues with which those experiments intersect.

About Alex Cicelsky:

Alex Cicelsky is a senior staff member and founder of the Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) and a founding member of Kibbutz Lotan—one of two Reform kibbutzim in Israel located in the Arava valley. He holds an MSc in Environmental Studies from Ben Gurion University and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and a BSc in Soil and Water Sciences and Environmental Quality in Agriculture from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE), established on Kibbutz Lotan in 1996, is one of Israel's premiere environmental education, conservation, and research institutes. The CfCE has developed and demonstrates permaculture design, natural building, organic gardening, renewable energy, and sustainable waste-management systems.

Mr. Cicelsky is an expert in designing hand-built and energy-efficient structures with recycled and natural materials like car tires, straw bales, and clay-earth. He participates in and often leads the design of many of the environmentally sensitive infrastructure projects on Kibbutz Lotan, and has led many of the CfCE's outreach projects, which include natural building construction projects, organic gardening, environmental education and peace building for Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian youth and community leaders.