The network “Green4life” was set up under the project “Green in Everyday Life”, funded by the EU Programme ERASMUS + and coordinated by Association Columbares from Spain in frames of established partnership with organisations from Italy, Sweden, Morocco, the UK and Jordan.
The project’s results were presented at the International “Green in Everyday Life” Conference that took place the 1-3 June 2016 in Spain. “Green in Everyday Life” has raised awareness on environmental issues related to the use of energy, water, waste and mobility and has promoted a moderate use of resources by encouraging individual responsibility of people.
Green4Life is the new International Green Homes Network, one of the key outputs of the Erasmus+ Green in Everyday Life project. The Spanish Association Columbares coordinates the project in cooperation with NGO Global Playground Stockholm (Sweden), Consorzio abn (Italy), Bassin Guir (Morocco), Insider Access (the UK), WE Center (Jordan) and the Spanish Public Body CENEAM.
The accomplishments and best practices of the project “Green in Everyday Life” were shared in Segovia, Spain at Hogares Verdes-Green4life Conference during the 1-3rd of June 2016, organised by Association Columbares and CENEAM.
Since June 2015, the abovementioned organizations have encouraged many initiatives to promote a moderate use of resources by encouraging individual responsibility; raise awareness on environmental issues related to the use of energy, water, waste and mobility; improve key skills and offer new educational tools for educators and partner organizations and create a European level space of lifelong learning for environmental education.
In that context, the Green4life network represents a virtual space of green “thinkers” that will combine international exchange of experiences, transfer of methodologies, educational materials and knowledge in “Green in Everyday Life” related areas, which continues to actively function after the project is completed.
The network works in a similar way as Spanish network Hogares Verdes, and it will offer both Spanish and other international members to spread and increase the experience of Hogares Verdes Programme and “Green in Everyday Life” project.
The main results
During the conference, the “Green in Everyday Life” partners presented to the Spanish participants the results of their project. They worked with families, students, prisoners, among others and it is estimated that over 1,500 people obtained benefits from this programme. The organizations involved claim that the project is very powerful, in terms of changing the behaviour of participants.
The Spanish Association Columbares has worked with immigrants in actions that have reached about 254 people. Participants have among other activities learned how to convert cooking oil into soap.
In Italy, Consorzio abn has conducted environmental audits and workshops at schools. When the project was finished, water consumption at selected schools was reduced from 382 to 194 liters and energy consumption was reduced by 10% compared to the initial stage of the project.
East & West Center for Human Resources Development from Jordan has worked with young people. Jordan is the second world’s poorest country when it comes to water supply. After the project, domestic water consumption in the participating in the project community decreased by 10-20%.
In the UK, Insider Access has implemented a pioneer project in prisons, where participants became aware that they also can contribute to improvement of the environment.
“Green in Everyday Life” was also a way of inspiration for new eco-enterprises, such as waste-recycling, insulation of green materials or bicycles.
The Association Bassin Guir for the Development and Protection of Environment in Morocco has target group of students and families who have learned about sustainable practices applied in the household.
“Green in Everyday Life” was not only a project for promoting changes in families’ daily habits, but also a way to transform the environment and policies in the communities, arrange complementary activities for cleaning public spaces and include ecological aspects in local policies.
NGO Global Playground Stockholm, from Sweden, has worked with families who have learned about how to properly recycle waste, choose sustainable food and save energy and water. The participants have become highly aware of their consumption patterns, especially when it comes to purchasing packaged food which has decreased significantly.
All project activities in Sweden have been linked to general objectives of “Green in Everyday Life” project. NGO Global Playground Stockholm had nine workshops in total (sustainable mobility, energy and water saving, responsible consumption etc.) related to objectives of “Green in Everyday Life” about raising awareness on environmental problems related to usage of energy and water, promoting values and lifestyle compatible with moderate usage of resources such as future food, responsible consumption and waste management. The idea with all workshops was to reach the objectives of the project and promote individual responsibility and change. The main goal was not only to change behaviour of participants but also to spread the knowledge and best practices gained from conducted activities and workshops among other individuals outside the project.