Eretz Carmel is Awarded the 2011 Environmental Excellence Award

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in News |  

compost hakeremMazel Tov to IVN’s Social Entrepreneur Fellow Alum Amiad Lapidot, founder of Eretz Carmel, on his winning the 2011 Environmental Protection Ministry Award for Environmental Excellence! Selected by IVN in 2004, Amiad was among the first initiatives to join IVN’s Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program. Today Eretz Carmel is a completely self-sustaining social enterprise.
Eretz Carmel was selected by the Ministry from among 70 exceptional individuals and entities. In addition to the honor, as part of the award, Amiad will receive NIS 50,000.
In 2004, with the guidance of IVN Mentor and subsequent Eretz Carmel board member Ami Amir, Amiad began turning organic waste into high quality compost called Humus in an ecological process using red worms; it was the first time this method had been implemented in Israel. Nearly eight years later, Amiad’s model has been made available to more than 20,000 households across Israel, with the support of the Environmental Protection Ministry. In addition, Eretz Carmel is no longer dependent on philanthropic funding. The revenue they generate from consultation to municipalities and corporate clients, the sale of quality compost and more, has transformed them into a self-sustaining social enterprise.