Planting trees has a major impact on environmental protection and the fight against climate change.

Trees reduce the level of air pollution, regulate temperature, enrich biodiversity, produce oxygen, fixate greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and have many, many characteristics that are beneficial to people and to the planet. Additionally, trees have social, cultural and economic value, so the more we plant, the more we gain.

For additional benefits provided by trees, read here.

Trees planted in cities offer more than just ecological value, they also provide health and economic benefits and significantly improve quality of life for city residence. Therefore, it is only natural that in Israel, considered one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with most of its population residing in cities, we should responsibly plant as many trees as possible in built-up areas.

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For everyone. Whether you are a responsible company interested in improving the value you create for the environment and making a mark for coming generations as well; local authorities and organizations interested in helping through the allocation of space for planting or to help us find and prepare such spaces, or help the project by maintaining and keeping an eye on the trees that were planted, or if you are private individuals who want to do your part for the environment and do so professionally, or volunteers who want to plant or maintain trees within and outside the community. If you identify with or belong to one of these groups – this project is for you.

The value from the project is primarily for the community, the city and the environment as a whole. Businesses that opt to take part in the project benefit from strengthening their relationship with the community, their positioning as responsible towards their stakeholders and, perhaps most importantly – as protectors of the environment and making a positive mark for the coming generations. Additionally, business may choose to donate to the Climate Forest project through “carbon Offsetting,” which will offset the greenhouse gas emissions from the company’s ongoing/specific operations

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The cost of the project is determined according to the price of a single tree, 85 NIS, times the number of trees. This is the total cost, which ensures planting and quality maintenance according to the following components:

  • Work with the local authorities around the country to find relevant spaces, getting the community on board and performing the preparatory work.
  • After a year in the nursery, transfering of the sapling to the permanent planting site, connecting the irrigation system in the field, actual planting together with the local community (what fun!) With compost, Osmocote, mycorrhiza,support stakes and a tree guard.
  • And finally, periodic inspections of the space for another two years.

The average amount of time between the time the local authority begins the project approval process, and the planting day is between 1-6 months.  During this time, we tour the potential spaces, the local authority prepares the land, deploys irrigation systems and, in the end, the planting day together with the local community.

The project has three main stages:

In the first stage, every sapling in the project is taken care of for an entire year in a tree nursery – a space at educational institutions, old age homes, rehabilitation institutes, etc. This is done to prepare them for the next stage – planting in the field.

In the second stage, we select a space that is right for planting using a set of fixed criteria and we perform the planting with the help of the local community and volunteers.

In the third phase, we supervise the planted area for another two years to ensure that the Climate Forest is in full bloom and flourishing.

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The nurseries are sites where we grow the saplings so that they become stronger before being planted permanently. The nurseries are located in school yards, health care and rehabilitation institutions, old age homes and businesses. Consequently, there is no need for any special work, travel or loss of work or schooldays to participate in the project, and the trees are where you can see them, close to heart, and people will benefit from caring for the trees during this stage. At the nursery stage, students, patients and employees will plant the saplings in 7-liter pots (guided by the Good Energy Initiative team) that are connected to an irrigation system. The loving care that the saplings receive allows them to grow and get stronger, while being cared for and monitored before being permanently planted.

Our responsibility does not end with planting, but ensuring that the Climate Forests prosper over time, so that they fulfil their purpose of having a major and long-term environmental and social impact. To this end, we first ensure that the space designated for planting is under the full responsibility of the local authority and there are no building plans for it (open public space). We plant the trees in the most professional standart and ensure that the types of trees match the types of soil and different climatic and geographic regions. Each tree is planted along with a variety of nutrients and, of course, advanced irrigation systems from Netafim. After planting, we inspect and ensure that the maintenance of the forest is performed as expected, even if this means replacing trees that did not survive.

Information about the project

Climate Forest began full operation as one of the Good Energy Initiative projects in January 2020. The first tree in a forest was planted 5 months later. 

The project has a target of planting 10,000 trees a year in each of the next 5 years.

The Climate Forest project has a positive impact on the environment and on the fight against climate change through a practical improvement in the quality of life of city residents since the beginning of 2020. The scale of the forests that have been planted over the years are living proof of the success of the project. Thanks to the experience and professionalism of the team and the ability to bring on loyal partners from the business sector, local authorities and the community, we can ensure that Climate Forest flourishes over time.

Definitely. A tree is an ancient and wonderful machine for drawing CO2 out of the atmosphere and assimilating it back into the ground. In the climate forest, we enable individual or business donors to offset greenhouse gas emissions they create by planting trees to match their level of emissions. Good Energy Initiative is a nonprofit organization that for over a decade has been planning, establishing and operating a wide range of projects, all designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon offsetting is possible through each and every one of their projects.

The amount of carbon captured by a single tree depends on a very large number of factors, from the type of tree, the conditions of its habitat (climate, type of soil, geographic location) and how it is cared for and maintained (irrigation, fertilizing, optimal ongoing maintenance). In the Climate Forest, we rely on scientists and researchers in both Israel and worldwide to calculate the amount of carbon one tree in the project sequesters and take a variety of aspects into account such as the final size of the tree, the type of maintenance it requires, reduction of the carbon  dioxide emitted through travel, costs of energy of the irrigation system and more. However, we need to estimate an average for our trees, which we apply over a 20 year period (the standard range for calculating carbon fixation of trees). after weighing all the data – one tree in the Climate Forest offsets 896 kg of carbon dioxide.

Tree planting is considered one of the most effective steps that people can take to fight climate change and improve quality of life. However, tree planting must be done responsibly and professionally. Without the appropriate knowledge and experience in selecting the right location, the right species and ways of protecting them over time and ensuring their life span, the step could fail to deliver benefits and even lead to ecological and other damage.

Your tree will be planted in one of the many Climate Forest plots around Israel. Your certificate will state the exact location and coordinates of you tree.

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After the purchasing process has been completed, we will send you a certificate thanking you for your participation in Climate Forest and the number of trees you purchased along with a few other numbers about your contribution to the environment.

Important: The planting project only starts after we have reached the maximum number of trees for a specific  plot. In any event, we will make sure to inform you properly of when and where your tree/s was/were planted.

Each purchase of a tree in Climate Forest entitles the donor to a certificate stating the number of trees purchased for the project. The certificate also includes the exact coordinates of the plot where the trees were planted, so that you will always be able to visit the site that is home to the trees that are flourishing thanks to you!

Of course! We are always happy to welcome more people who volunteer to help plant on planting days. If you are interested in planting the tree yourself, contact us and we will make sure to coordinate with you.

The certificate issued to everyone who purchases a tree in the project states, among other things, the exact coordinates of the space where your tree was planted, so that you will be able to return, visit the tree, watch it grow and even give it a hug.

Good Energy Initiative (NGO) is a climate changing enterprise that has been operating since 2006. The Initiative develops unique and innovative projects for the implementation of sustainable technologies and environmental performance, while achieving social gains. The projects combine practical ecology together with education and publicity, and they grow and are run in educational institutions, urban and rural communities from the Israeli geographical and social periphery, nonprofit organizations, enterprises and businesses.

Good Energy Initiative has over a decade of experience with tree planting programs, including planting at educational institutions throughout Israel, tree planting for carbon offsetting, planting events for companies, establishing, maintenance and operation of planting systems from the time the sapling arrives until it is permanently planted.

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