VOCO Sustainability Week

The VOCO Sustainability Week culminated in a teacher training day on Friday, April 12, bringing together nearly 30 teachers interested in green topics.

During the day, teachers were introduced to the materials created by the Baltic Green Leadership project that they can use in their teaching. Teachers participating in green consortia also presented what has been done so far and what innovations are planned to introduce more green skills into the vocational curriculum. Karin Traks, a teacher, helped to recall the most important concepts related to sustainability, the European Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the GreenComp framework of sustainability competences in green skills.

In the workshops that followed, participants were introduced to practical methods to help integrate sustainability themes into different lessons. Teachers Helin Liiv, Heike Toomik and Anette Teesaar presented their inclusive methods and everyone had the opportunity to try out role-playing, problem cards or board games.

The day ended with a trip to the Cider House in Valgjärve, where a superb example of circular economy in a production company was explored.

The focus of the VOCO Sustainability Week was on the textile sector. During the week, both teachers and students could participate in various workshops, discuss in panel discussions on reuse, recycling, and reducing textile waste,  watch a fashion show, and visit the exhibition “Out of the Closet – Clothes Between the Body and the Weather” set up by the Tartu Nature House.

Circula Game – Well Done!

Our Circula® -CIrcular economics and entrepreneurship game online session was a fun afternoon bringing together students from Latvia VTDT and Lithuania VESK. Altogether 18 students took on the challenge of creating new business models according to circular economic principles. The session was on Teams and the actual game was played on Mural -platform. Our afternoon culminated in student pitches presenting their business ideas.  The game was lead and facilitated by SYKLI Environmental College training specialist Aura Piha. 

Thank you to all teachers helping online and our brave and innovative students who really open heartedly took on the task together.

Talking to Sustainability Champions in Tartu

On  March 27, 2024 partner representatives had study visits to find out about sustainability approaches in business and other sectors.  Partners visited Tartu Food Bank, brewery A.Le Coq and had a lunch meeting with the sustainability representative of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 office.

 Tartu Food Bank works to reduce food waste of retailers by collecting the food with close expiration dates from the shops, repacking it and donating it to low income and needy people. 

 Brewery and producer of beverages A.Le Coq has won the title of the Most  Sustainable Company of the Year 2023 in Estonia. The sustainability specialist of the company informed about sets of measures implemented in several areas to reduce negative impact for environment and about the ambitious targets for the coming years. 

During an informal meeting with the representative of European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 partners learned about the guidelines by Tartu 2024 for organizing environmentally friendly events.

Green Leadership Partner Meeting in Estonia

Green Leadership 3rd Partner meeting took place on March 26-27, 2024 and was hosted by the Estonian Agricultural Museum in Ülenurme near the City of Tartu (Estonia).  Partners exchanged information about the plans for local teacher trainings at 3 VET schools and support for these trainings by Sykli Environmental College (WP3), concept and distribution of tasks in organization of hackathons (WP4), as well as update on dissemination activities. Partners were briefed about the expected contributions to the interim report. The host took meeting participants on a tour around the Agricultural Museum.

Save the Date for Circula: Circular Economy and Entrepreneurship Game on April 9

Baltic Green Leadership training continues online as we embark on a circular economics trip through Circula: The Circular Economy and Entrepreneurship Game.
The game was created by SYKLI Environmental College in collaboration with four other organisations in Finland. 
Our online game  on April 9th will be hosted and facilitated by the lead creator of the game, Ms. Aura Piha.
Hopefully we will have both students and teachers from our partnering schools joining the game. 

Please learn more about the game: https://circula.fi/en/
Tips for teaching circular economics: https://circula.fi/en/for-teachers-and-other-game-masters/

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Green Leadership international staff training event October 9-12.

26 participants from all Green Leadership partner organizations took part in Green Leadership international staff training event October 9-12. Training started on board of the ferry and continued in Helsinki. It was organized and delivered by the excellent Sykli trainers Ms.Katariina Mustonen and Ms.Nina Maarit Partanen.  The training program will continue with webinars for VET teachers and managers.

Green Leadership workshop

Green Leadership workshop with experts on sustainability and circular economy approaches in different sectors took place in Riga at LCCI. Experts represented well-known companies like SCHWENK Latvia and Sakret (production of construction materials), Coca-Cola, NOMAD Arhitects, Bank of Latvia. Workshop participants learned how and which parts of production process and use of resources can be addressed, how design and architecture can contribute to sustainable buildings and environment, how sustainability aspects are integrated into operations of the Bank of Latvia.

Riga Workshop presentations

2nd Partner Meeting in Riga

2nd Partner Meeting was held in Riga on August 30-31, 2023 and was hosted by the lead partner LCCI. Partners discussed management issues, dissemination progress, the results  of WP2: the interviews and the compendium, as well as detailed plans for WP3 with the main focus on the training event in Finland.

Staff Training Event: Helsinki, October 9 -12, 2023 

 Day 1:  09.10.2023

  • Green Travel: Meet at Tallinn Port at 11.00 a.m. 
  • Eckeroline Ferry leaves at 12.00. Social Lunch
  • Workshop: Sustainable Development Mega Trends
  • EU Greean Deal. How do I measure my Carbon Footprint?

Day 2:  10.10.2023

  • Green Camp: workshop for Green Comp framework 
  • How Green Comp will help us transform education 
  • Study visit to VET school’s Green City Farm 
  • Transformative Learning Environment 
  • Demonstration workshop: nature’s carbon sinks 

Day 3:  11.10.2023

  • Circular economy business models 
  • Company case study; 
  • Tools for Green Hackathon; 
  • Guest speaker: how to support local companies in Green Transition 
  • Social Dinner 

Day 4:  12.10.2023

  • Study visit to Circular Society Kerran Hallit 
  • Visits to companies at Kera, walk around Kera Kollektiivi 
  • Helsinki Port at 13.00, Ferry to Tallinn at 14.15 
  • Wrap up of Training, next steps 
  • Arrival in Tallinn Port at 17.30 

Practical info 

Boat fees: EUR 42.00 per passanger Tallinn-Helsinki-Tallinn 

Choose hotels in Pasila area (within walking distance to training venue). Possible choices: Scandic Pasila, Sokos Hotel Pasila. 

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