Let’s discover the three finalists of the Educational establishment category!
- Changing Our Ways implemented by St Benedict’s college – Middle School, in Kirkop
As part of the EWWR 2021, the students at SBC Middle School take part in a series of activities, workshops and class discussions that raise awareness amongst the whole school community, and beyond through our social media platforms, about how we can change our ways to reduce the amount of waste that we generate. ACTION 1: The first action focuses on olive picking and preservation. ACTION 2: The students participate in a litter less campaign which raises awareness about the harmful effects of litter in our environment. ACTION 3: focuses on the thematic aspect of circular communities – old is gold, specifically clothes. ACTION 4: The following action sheds light on the importance of reducing electric consumption in their school. ACTION 5: concentrates on water consumption. ACTION 6: focuses on paper waste. The school applied for another action entitled: Reducing waste and collecting what is around us.
- ReUZ – See your utensils in a different way implemented by Laboratory of Special Vocational Education of Agios Dimitrios, in Athens
During the EWWR, the Laboratory of Special Vocational Education of Agios Dimitrios invited the schools of the municipality to act together to form circular communities with the aim of transitioning to sustainable consumption and production patterns in order to achieve zero waste targets. The students visited the neighboring schools of formal education, placed posters and informed the students of all levels of education about their actions. They organized experiential information and awareness actions with the object of reusing materials focusing on the ones that come from used household utensils and their final processing into useful objects such as lamps, frames, hangers, pots, etc. which were presented by students and their partners through the digital webex platform. The activities included thematic sketches and karagiozis’ performances, videos, songs and various environmental events in the context of socially oriented entrepreneurship. They have placed special collection bins in the partner schools for reusing household utensils and tools in order to encourage all target groups to be informed and to take part in reduction of the unnecessary consumption by focusing on “giving them a second chance”.
- Sustainable sidewalk implemented by Axular Lizeoa, in Donostia
The Axular Lizeoa educational center has carried out its sustainable sidewalk project, an innovative sidewalk created from a mixture of plastic bottles and recycled materials. Contributing to the conservation of the environment and the circular economy in their community. The flooring developed by Grupo Campezo basically consists of a mixture of recycled materials, such as plastic bottles (PET) and steel aggregates. The Ekomodo company used bottle caps to build sustainable furniture (benches and litter bins) that were placed in the sidewalk, using a total of 50,000 recycled plastic bottles. From the sidewalk was presented on September 2021, an awareness campaign started, which objective was the collection of 10,000 bottles and 3,000 bottle caps for their return to the collaborating companies; involving students, their community and social agents. The campaign consisted of holding informative talks with Grupo Campezo, Ekomodo, etc. To explain to students the sidewalk construction process and the role of circular economy. With the youngest students (from 3 to 8 years old), “Ekolo”, the environmental mascot, was used to explain the project and encourage the collection of bottles.
The jury member of this category is Sandra Federici, Editorial Supervisor of EPALE.