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Developing and replicating sustainable lifestyles, including low-carbon lifestyles
The EU plastic strategy, announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan on 2015, will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, collected and recycled, through cooperation across the value chain: from industry, plastics manufacturers and converters to public and private waste management companies. Additional measures will reduce unnecessary waste from single-use plastics and overpackaging.
A new approach of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission through changing lifestyle toward water and electricity saving in urban households in Danang, Vietnam
The project aims to promote water and energy smart lifestyles as an effective strategy towards low carbon development. The project blends research, demonstration and education to motivate residents to act on climate change mitigation by leading a low-impact lifestyle.
The project aims at upscaling and mainstreaming low-carbon sustainable consumption patterns and behavior amongst employees in offices and business premises. The project targets office employees in 3 areas: service providers, manufacturers and public organizations. The aim is to contribute to key consumption domains (energy, waste, water, chemicals, food), reduce environmental impacts and mitigate climate change in the office setting.
Upscaling Sound Food Waste Management Practices through Youth and Community Education in Schools and Institute of Higher Learning - Malaysia
The project aims to ignite the behavioural transition to responsible food consumption and preparation, reducing food waste, as well as improving source separation and composting of food waste. Activities include the development of tools and materials for responsible food consumption, preparation and waste management, which will eventually allow for replicability in the future. The project covers different target sectors such as households, schools, and the hospitality industry.
SCRIPT (Sustainable Consumption and Recycling Interventions for Paper and Textiles) for Reducing Urban Climate Footprints
The project aims to achieve sustainable usage of paper and textiles through awareness-raising and education on increasing the lifecycle of these materials. An operational framework for the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recover & Recycle) will be set up, together with micro-enterprises for paper and textile waste recycling, to ensure alternative livelihoods for women waste workers.
Food for Us: Capacity building through research, and trial of a cellular phone application, to reduce on- farm food waste and increase food redistribution in South Africa
This project involves the development and trial of a mobile phone application to trade surplus food from farms and develop a community of practice around the issue of food waste through transformative learning. Phase 1 of the project (funded by the UN's One Planet SLE fund) was trialed in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces, with the intention to divert surplus crop that might otherwise be be discarded.
Our project’s focus is behaviour change of staff and guests in tourism. Crystal Creek Meadows of Kangaroo Valley NSW Australia invited a smart system which encourages behaviour change through technology and training. We have now expanded this initial test to include partners in Australia, Dubai and UK. The system involves tourist accommodation asking guests to participate in using fewer resources and to use the pro-environmental infrastructure of the building to best effect.
Continuing its legacy of creating sustainable green spaces, EEG organises an annual ‘For Our Emirates We Plant’ campaign that intertwines the waste management programme to the tree planting campaign.The 4 projects under this campaign are: ‘Your Can for a Tree’, ‘Neighbourhood Recycling’, ‘One Root One Communi-Tree’ and ‘Planting for a Greener Future. In 2016, the campaign was successful in planting 662 trees in the UAE.
Direct use of geothermal energy for the promotion of sustainable production model in rural areas in Chile
The initiative aims to test the potential of geothermal energy to reduce GHG and local pollutant emissions in one of the most polluted regions of Chile. The pilot will involve the local community in the design, installation and management of a heating system with a geothermal heat pump for firewood drying, and a connected greenhouse that will harness the energy losses of the dryer to produce vegetables.
The objective is to promote the use of energy-efficient technologies among the general public. This is done through education and capacity-building for teachers and students at basic and university level, as well as increasing the knowledge of decision and policy makers on the economic viability of energy-saving technologies.
Better by Design – replicating promising practices, tools and methodologies to support and enable companies in Latin America to improve the sustainability of their food and beverage products
The project will work with major retailers operating in Nicaragua, Honduras and Peru and their value chain partners to implement tried-and-tested sustainable product design tools into new product development (NPD) processes. A ‘Consumer Information Lab’ will also be used concurrently to build capacity and best practices in Latin American organisations for sustainability-led advertising of consumer goods.
An important vision of EEG is to bind together different sectors of the community to act as one, with a common goal of being good stewards of the environment. Thus, over the last 15 years, EEG has conducted the Clean UP UAE Campaign as a functional tool in promoting environmental protection campaigns nationally. EEG has utilised this concept strategically to create mass campaigns built on local practice, whilst targeting some of the local issues (water, waste and land pollution).
With an aim to re-orient the learning experience towards sustainable development, EEG organises an array of unique and diverse additional learning opportunities for the youth in the Middle East. For EEG, SDG 4–Ensuring inclusive and quality education for all-has been a core aspect in centralising a sustainable way of living. Thus, we offer the Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition (ICEPSC) as a prominent platform where undergraduate students in the Arab region can put forth the
The main objective is to raise awareness of consumerism and sustainability among educators and students of several municipal and state primary public schools, as well as their respective communities. The intended results are training courses for educators, reaching five municipal districts in five geographical regions: Belém, Brasília, Porto Alegre, Salvador and São Paulo.
How emerging urban youth can be an engine for more low-carbon, sustainable lifestyles: Beginning in Bogota
This project aims at enhancing and harnessing a better understanding of low-carbon lifestyles at the city level. Emerging approaches will be tested in Bogota to catalyze action and create replicable urban models. The project adapts research to the Bogota context, working with local partners to build upon existing policy, initiatives and networks, as well as using a youth survey to identify how and what to effectively communicate.
The book, published in 2015, focuses on the challenges of the transition to responsible, sustainable lifestyles and examines developments over the last decade in relation to:
- the creation of awareness of consumer citizenship, civic involvement and environmental stewarship
- research, projects and publications on education for responsible living
- the creation and implementation of relevant teaching methods and materials
- policies on education for sustainable consumption and lifestyles
- global processes for education on sustainable development
The articles deal with topics related to policy support, institutional approaches, educators, young people, and local communities. They draw attention to successful initiatives and reflect upon what still needs to be done. The book also looks at the roles that central actors such as PERL (The Partnership for Education and research about Responsible Living) play in this process.
The book, published in 2012, focuses on responsible living as the individual`s contribution to sustainable Development. We belive that sustainable Development can only be achived if individual freedom and responsibilities are balanced on a high Level while taking social, ecological and economic needs into account. A crucial element to achieve this is to integrate different perspectives of stakeholders and co-create a joined approach through partnerships. While partnerships develop New opportunities for the stakeholders involved they also require a readiness for mutual understanding, respect and courage to co-create.
EEG has been collecting mobile phones for recycling since 2009. However, in 2016, it formally initiated Project Green Call to engage its student members to collect and deposit 15 mobile phones each for recycling during a period of one month. Once achieved, these student members are presented with a certificate of participation. In 2017, the Initiative ran on the special date of 17/5/17 – 17/16/17.
How urban youth can be an engine for achieving sustainable low carbon lifestyles: beginning in Bogota
The overall objective is to enhance and harness understanding on what are low-carbon sustainable lifestyle opportunities for urban citizens (youth) in Bogota; to facilitate their uptake and to feed into the urban policy context. For this, UN Environment and El Bosque University are working with university students in Bogota to develop a participatory process to reduce environmental impact in the city.
Education for Sustainable Development is equipping youth with the knowledge to live sustainably, and providing an understanding of environmental concerns of the world.It relates our actions to the environmental challenges we face and prepares the next generation for a life that complements the planet.In this regard, EEG organises a Campus Outreach Programme, wherein it visits schools and universities, participates in academic events and provides presentations on important environmental issues.
In its ongoing commitment to Education for Sustainable Development and SDG 4– ‘Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all’– EEG organised the 16th cycle of the Students’ Workshop in November 2016. It is an implementation platform where the young minds are given the opportunity to learn the value of a sustainable future and the methodologies they themselves can use to work towards it.
As part of its ongoing commitment to raising awareness towards sustainable development, EEG has been engaging the community at large through regular community lectures since 1992. As 2016 marked our 25th anniversary, we organised a unique 4-part series dedicated to SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production. We strive to bring international issues and concepts to the forefront in the Arab world, while giving them a customised regional outlook.
As part of its ongoing commitment to Education for Sustainable Development, EEG organises the bilingual Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition (ISEPSC) to engage and involve students in research on vital environmental issues. Through this, their young minds will be fuelled with a drive to find environmental solutions for their country and the world at large.
With an aim to continuously push for sustainable solutions, EEG has been successfully initiating Waste Management Programmes since 1997. Through our numerous campaigns supported by individuals, families, corporations and local governments, we collect and send for proper recycling the following materials: Aluminium Cans, Paper, Toners, Plastic, Glass, Batteries and Mobile Phones. We strive to create awareness in the region by imparting knowledge on proper reduction, reusing and recycling methods.
As part of its ongoing commitment to Education for Sustainable Development, EEG annually organises the bilingual Inter School Environmental Public Speaking Competition (ISEPSC) to engage and involve students from all nationalities and backgrounds in the UAE in research on vital environmental issues. In 2017, the Competition witnessed the participation of 77 public and private schools with 517 attendees.
EEG organised its annual Students’ Workshop on the theme–‘Sustainable Development Goals: Goals, Ideas, Voices and Expressions #GIVE’. The 4-day workshop catered to different age groups: Juniors (Classes 5-6), Sub-Seniors (Classes 7-9), Seniors (Classes 10-12) and Undergraduate level. The activities of the Workshop were designed to engage students and drive them to be actively involved in initiatives that are aimed at conserving resources and the preservation of the environment.
To re-orient the learning experience towards sustainable development and push for Education for Sustainable Development, EEG organises the bilingual Inter College Environmental Public Speaking Competition as a prominent platform where undergraduate students in the Arab region can put forth their dynamic and strong views on environmental issues. Through extensive research and case studies, students firmly voice out their viewpoints on various grave environmental concerns to prominent judges.
SCRIPT (Sustainable Consumption and Recycling Interventions for Paper and Textiles) for Reducing Urban Climate Footprints
SCRIPT attempts to reduce landfill emissions by curbing civic wastage of paper and textile through wise use awareness, as well enhance life cycle of these with recycling interventions to create micro-utility products for sale to sustain livelihoods of street women waste workers in India and Bangladesh by establishing micro-enterprises on 'Art of Recycling' towards promotion of sustainable consumption and production and empowerment of marginal women with dignified entrepreneurship and equity.
RtM is a project part of the UIAA’s longstanding commitment to sustainability and mountain protection. It is governed by the Seven Ways to Respect the Mountains, and its core aims comprise: raising awareness about sustainable environmental practices; spreading the word within the outdoor community; preserving mountain ecosystems and cultures in their natural state for future generations; promoting sustainable mountain tourism and activities and educating the next generation of mountain explorers
In order to assess the impacts and scalability of the SLE on-ground projects, a set of tools to guide assessment exercises have been developed and are being applied to the ongoing projects. The assessment exercises also facilitate discussion and mutual learning among the reviewers, implementers, and participants about current and desired future lifestyles, pathways to changes, and potential for scaling the project models.