Multi-sector partnerships have gained greatly in legitimacy and popularity in Israel over the last few years. It is widely acknowledged today that in order to create comprehensive change on the ground, it is beneficial to bring different stake holders coming from different interests and strengths to the table. In 2015, The Heinrich Boell Foundation initiated a cooperation with the Heschel Center for Sustainability called, "Stepping Up Sustainability in Israeli Cities" with the aim of creating a "think and do" platform for cities, businesses and civil society that would work together to advance municipal sustainability goals. One of the initial goals was to learn from German best practices in the field. A multi-sector forum was established that traveled to southern Germany, meeting with initiatives in three cities, thanks to the support from The Goethe Institute as part of the 50th Anniversary of German - Israeli diplomatic relations. Heschel Center program coordinator and Director of the Center for Local Sustainablity, Ms. Lorit Lebovitz, conducted research that examined case studies from Germany, Israel and the United States and outlined various models of multi-sector collaboration.
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