January 28, 2013
In the Israeli Desert, a Modest Effort to Build an Environment for Peace
Maya Levin for The Chronicle
Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
Deep in a desert in southern Israel, more than a hundred miles from the nearest city, a tiny academic flower is growing.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a small place with big ambitions: to help end the conflict between Israelis and Arabs by training a new generation of engineers and activists who will find solutions for problems like water scarcity and the need for renewable energy—issues that transcend the political boundaries in the Middle