ECF4CLIM Project meeting,

22-23 November 2022

The 3rd project meeting was organized on-line on 22-23 November and was structured in:

         1) General Assembly meeting, with the participation of partners and associated partners (demonstration sites)

         2) Advisory Board meeting,

         3) Steering Committee meeting.

The progress of the project was analyzed following the main activities in accordance with the existing planning: the development of the initial Educational Competence Framework (ECF), the approaches for testing the ECF, the environmental baseline assessment , the individual and collective competences baseline assessment, the development of the Digital Platform (including methods, instrument and tools, such as the Carbon Footprint Calculator, Retrofitting Tool Kit, Sustainability Intervention Evaluation Tool), the discussion on the design of the interventions at the level of the demonstration sites, the communication, dissemination, exploitation of results, and clustering activities. 

ECF4CLIM Clustering Activities

GD-SO-Knowledge & Citizens Working Group , 18 November 2022

The Knowledge and Citizens Working Group focuses on the role of citizens in the implementation of the European Green Deal.

The objectives of the WG are connected to:

1) strengthening citizens’ awareness of their own role as actors of change,

2) promoting inclusive and participatory approaches to decision and policymaking at the local and national levels to address climate change challenges,

 3) proposing transdisciplinary approaches to behavioral change.

The participating projects address issues including civil inclusion, public engagement, gender equality, social ecology,
and behavioral change

The Action Plan of the Knowledge & Citizens WG, composed of a set of  Focus Areas was discussed, together with the current progress of the participating projects.

ECF4CLIM webinar dedicated to trans- and inter- disciplinary approaches 

On November 3 a seminar dedicated to the trans- and interdisciplinary approach in the sustainable development, with a focus on the education for sustainability, was organized in webinar format. The synergies between a range of disciplines and fields of expertise including natural sciences, economics and social sciences through a holistic and innovative approaches was in the focus of the debate.   The collected input is a starting point to draw the Transdisciplinary Dialogue Strategy, one of the key outcomes of ECF4CLIM project. A second webinar will continue the discussions in January.

In October the effective implementation of the ECF4CLIM hybrid participatory approach has started

In the last year an innovative hybrid participatory approach was developed by the ECF4CLIM project with the aim to co-design appropriate measures to strengthen environmental awareness, to engage the school community, and to strengthen knowledge, skills and attitudes on climate change and sustainable development.

The effective implementation was started, in October 2022, in all the demonstration sites of the project (some schools and universities from Spain, Portugal, Romania, and Finland). Two to three Sustainability Competence Teams (SCT) working in reconvened focus-groups were set up at the level of each school and university. The first one is composed by students, the second by teachers and the third by administrative staff. The first SCT meeting is intended to promote reflection on the existing competences and on the preferences for moving towards more sustainable behaviours and practices.

Sustainability Competence Committees (SCC) will be established at all demonstration sites (November 2022). The committees will consist of representatives from the SCTs and other actor groups relevant in the educational community, such as practitioners, NGOs, other stakeholders, and authorities. Rapporteurs from each of the three SCTs (students, teachers, administrative staff) will present to the SCCs the challenges and proposals identified in their groups. A deliberative co-design process will be generated, whereby the groups jointly design the measures that they deem as the most suitable for fostering sustainability in their own school or university.

On October 19th the first session of the SCTs (students - SCT1, teachers and administrative staff - SCT2)  in the "Nicolae Balcescu" School (Dragasani town, Romania) has produced valuable results for the investigation of the current understanding of sustainability and associated practices.

On October 20  the first session of the SCTs  was organized at "Iulia Zamfirescu" High School (Mioveni town, Romania). A fruitful dialogue with students, teachers and administrative staff revealed the main driven factors and obstacles in the educational process devoted to sustainability.

ECF4CLIM Clustering Activities

Participation in the First Board of Coordinators meeting, 22 June 2022, organised by GD-SO

On June 22, the coordinators of more than 70 projects funded under the Green Deal Call participated in the first Board meeting. The activity was supported by Green Deal Projects Support Office (GD-SO) aiming the maximization of the synergies and a better dissemination of the valuable results. GD-SO is structured around five Working Groups (WGs). A WG is an operational platform for projects to identify synergies and challenges. All WGs have met for the first time and now they are developing the Action Plans. WGs will meet again around October/November 2022 to discuss the actions to be implemented.

Board meeting is planned once per year to receive information on the recent policy developments, to discuss and stimulate ongoing projects clustering activities and activities of the WGs, the cross-cutting opportunities and challenges, to identify the cooperation actions, and to foster the establishment of the Green Deal Projects community.

The meeting underlined the crucial role of research and innovation (R&I) and of the associated policies in the context of the European Green Deal (EGD). New solutions and business models are required and the R&I can help to develop them. EGD aims to offer a long-term vision for Europe and a set of new measures and regulations.

The views of the participants on how to create synergies/ linkages between the five WGs were investigated producing the most relevant actions to be implemented: (1) providing a database of projects’ contacts, including an easily accessible online map hosted by GD-SO of all GD projects, linking to individual websites and social media accounts, (2) publishing regular updates on the policy developments, (3) common approach to reaching out to stakeholders and DGs, (4) sharing information about digital tools created or used by the projects, (5) boosting the communication/dissemination/exploitation process, including the organization of joint events, conferences, webinars, and workshops on specific topics (thematic discussions).

General Assembly and Steering Committee meeting of ECF4CLIM project, Umbralejo (Spain), June 8-9

The General Assembly has included representatives from the demonstration sites (schools and universities from Spain, Portugal, Finland, and Romania, acting as associated partners of the ECF4CLIM project) and the members of the Advisory Board.

The meeting in Umbralejo, an abandoned town in Spain, two hours away from Madrid, has created a very inspiring atmosphere stimulating the reflection on education , sustainability, and climate actions. In Umbralejo a very successful sustainability educational program is being carried out: the Program for the Recovery and Educational Use of Abandoned Towns (PRUEPA).

The analysis of the activities performed in the first eight months of the project shows a set of valuable outcomes were obtained and the real progress of the work in line with the initial planning. The coordination for the next actions was agreed introducing appropriate measures and deadlines.  

The meeting included a group session with teachers and staff from the demonstration sites, as well as other education professionals creating an open space for reflection and sharing knowledge, opinions and practices. The group activity was also devoted to reflect on the linking of teachers' and schools' activity with ECF4CLIM and how the project can help their school/university to become a reference in sustainability education.

Crowdsourcing workshops organised in Finland, Spain, Portugal and Romania

From March to mid-May 2022 a set of crowdsourcing workshops are conducted in Finland, Spain, Portugal and Romania, as well as internationally following the planned research activities in WP3, Task 3.1.  Together with Task 3.2, crowdsourcing will form a basis for the development of the first draft of the operationalized European Competence Framework. It is a very important step in the project as a collective will-formation and meaning-making process that works as the basis to design the measures, interventions, and hybrid participatory action research processes in the demonstration sites.

The crowdsourcing process is structured into parts: (1) national online or face-to-face workshops including discussions for various stakeholders including but not limited to the demonstration sites, (2) international online discussion by eDelphi platform.  If you want to be involved in this large participation process you may send an e-mail to ecf4clim@gmail.com.

Green Deal education and environmental monitoring projects clustering workshop

7 Projects funded under call LC-GD-10-3-2020, 14 and 23 February 2022

Kick off Meeting, 2021 October 18