Kibbutz Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology is rooted in Tikkun Olam – the Jewish concept for repairing and transforming the world.
The Center is unique within Israel in providing quality experiential environmental education from a liberal, progressive Jewish perspective within the framework of a Reform Jewish community whose lifestyle reflects sustainability values. The CfCE has developed permaculture design techniques in extreme desert conditions, natural building methods, local organic food systems, renewable energy, sustainable waste management and alternative technologies
The CfCE is part of a world-wide consortium including the Natural Builders Network, the Global Straw Bale Network, the Israel and International Permaculture Association, the Global Ecovillage Network and GAIA Education's EcoVillage Design Education programs (affiliated with the United Nation's Decade for Sustainable Education).
The Ecological Campus (EcoCampus) is a prototype model for sustainable development and offers residents daily opportunities to experience living together as a micro community, creating an integral part of the educational experience. The mission of the EcoCampus is to teach and empower residential program participants to live an ecological lifestyle, to maintain a low carbon footprint and to advance environmentally appropriate housing and technologies.