Columbus State Hosts Middle Eastern Environmental Experts

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will host alumni of a premier environmental teaching and research institution in the Middle East, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, as part of a presentation and panel discussion on trans-boundary water issues 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 at CSU’s International House.

The program is free and open to the public.

Arava Institute alumni Roee Elisha and Ghadeer Khoury will join in the discussion that also will involve local experts, including retired Columbus Water Works President Billy Turner, now a CSU scholar-in-residence, and Columbus State environmental science professor Troy Keller.

Affiliated with Ben Gurion University on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel’s Arava Valley, the institute prepares future Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders to cooperatively address the region’s environmental challenges, including energy issues and water and air quality.

The Arava Institute brings together university-level students from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and beyond, to live, study and work together. The objective is to develop trust, respect and understanding that not only advances environmental sustainability but can also serve as building blocks for peace.

For more information, call 706-568-2061.