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  • Workshop for teachers in St.Petersburg: «Eco-management in schools and simple solutions for energy efficiency and saving resources”

    Workshop was organized by Friends of the Baltic NGO within SPARE project and 10th all-Russian seminar “Environmental education for sustainable development – contribution to the future” held by St.Petersburg Academy for post-graduate pedagogical education with cooperation of Committee for Education, Committee for nature use and environmental protection, Committee of State Duma on environment, Commission foe environment of St.Petersburg legistlative assembly, and many other educational, business, NGO and other organizations.

  • SPARE at the VII international specialized exhibition "Energy saving and efficiency. The innovative technologies”

  • The first Car Free Day in St. Petersburg

    On September 22, 2015, St. Petersburg joined the World Car Free Day for the first time. In the pedestrian area of Bolshaya Morskaya Street, experts of Friends of the Baltic and the Climate Secretariat of the Russian Social Ecological Union told passers-by how transport affects the environment and the climate, if transport can be "environmentally friendly", and why one should choose local products.

  • World Wide Views on Climate and Energy Public Debates, June 6, St. Petersburg

    On June 6, public consultations with the world’s citizens took place all over the world. They were focused on the topic of climate and energy and were part of the global World Wide Views on Climate and Energy, that unfolded in the run-up to the next round of UN climate talks in Paris later this year.

  • Open Energy Efficiency Lessons at the International Energy Forum

    Experts from the Energy Saving Centre in Saint Petersburg, from the project SPARE/Friends of the Baltic and from the Climate Secretariat of the Russian Social Ecological Union had put together media presentations and practical exercises for the visitors of International Energy Forum about energy efficiency at apartment buildings.

  • Every year is Gulf of Finland Year!

    Author:Tatiana Shauro
    The coordinators of the Gulf of Finland Year 2014 from the Finnish Environment Institute and Friends of the Baltic held a roundtable discussion under the theme “Best Practices of Environmental Education – Gulf of Finland Year” as part of the XVI International Environmental Forum “Baltic Sea Day”. The participants shared their practices and ideas on different topics: sea and coastal area research methods, youth activities, the ways to give information to the public about the Baltic Sea environmental problems and about the solutions to them.

  • Heat, light and water - energy-efficient solutions help to save recourses!

    On the 3rd of March in the Pushkin town - St. Petersburg suburb - a Friends of the Baltic non-profit organization held training for simple and inexpensive solutions that will help schools to save water, heat and light. The seminar was held at the Pushkin Palace of Children's Creativity and gathered more than 45 directors, teachers, trainers and housekeepers of educational institutions from different parts of the city.

  • Regional game “Save Climate” in St.Petersburg, Russia

    December 11 in St.Petersburg more than 25 school teams expressed their knowledge on climate change and greenhouse gas sources, understanding necessary actions to save energy, presented models of renewable energy sources and energy efficient houses, made simple investigations of heat losses in school.

  • Energy efficient buildings - comfort, savings, nature and climate conservation

    "Friends of the Baltic" with the support of non-profit partnership "City Association of homeowners" led the acquaintance tour to "energyefficient residential block" at the end of the week which followed the International Energysaving Day.

  • International Energy Efficiency Day - press-conference in Saint-Petersburg

    On November 10th NGO "Friends of the Baltic" initiated press conference devoted to the International Energysaving Day. Urgent issues related to energy efficiency in educational institutions, in the residential sector, in the historical center of St. Petersburg and the role of education for the implementation of small energy-saving measures were covered.

  • How do Ecosupporters save millions?

    At the international energy efficiency day on November 11 in St. Petersburg Russian-Finnish seminar was held to summarize the experience of Ecosupporters to help them implement energy efficiency and other green solutions in schools. Seminar was aimed to sum up the results of international project "Step to Ecosupport." Seminar was held by the "Friends of the Baltic" organization in collaboration with the Academy of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education. Ecosupporters talked about their triumphs and difficulties in the environmental solutions implementation.

  • Climate Change Adaptation on Coastal Areas

    A seminar under the title “Climate change – the effects and adaptation: views on the climate change strategies of the federal subjects” took place in St. Petersburg on December 27th 2014. The seminar offered expert views both on the risks and negative effects of the climate change, and on the necessary measures that especially on coastal areas have to be taken to adapt to climate change. Russian Social Ecological Union presented a review of the climate programs in the Russian regions and they had prepared a position paper for the upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Lima.

  • Training for Ecosupporters - action plan on energy efficiency in schools

    On 28th of October in Pushkin near St. Petersburg seminar-training on energy and resource saving in educational institutions was held. Training was organized by "Friends of the Baltic" NGO in the framework of the Russian-Finnish project "Step to Ecosupport" with the assistance of SPARE project. School ecosupporters from St. Petersburg exchanged experience with experts in the field of practical education on energy saving from all corners of Russia and prepared a model energy efficiency action plan for schools.

  • Youth investigations and ideas for the green future addressed to the Gulf of Finland Year

    14th annual youth conference “Eco-monitoring of the small rivers and Gulf of Finland” has gathered more than 70 participants from St.Petersburg, Leningrad oblast and Finland. They exchanged information and opinions on the ecological conditions of the nature water objects, and ways to make Gulf of Finland clean and comfortable environment for all live inhabitants. Youth proposals for improvement of the Gulf of Finland environment were a subject of Youth Declaration of the Gulf of Finland Year. Its presentation had opened the conference.

  • "Friends of the Baltic" presented their projects and programs in the 2014-2015 academic year

    At the round table, which was held in St. Petersburg on September 16th, Friends of the Baltic specialists announced programs and projects for the upcoming academic year. Teachers, students and all partner organizations were invited to cooperate on different issues - environmental education, support for environmental management in schools, implementing energy saving measures and other green solutions for nature conservation, climate change and the Baltic Sea.

  • Young people from Russia, Finland and Estonia turn to the citizens and leaders of the three countries with their Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland

    The year 2014 has been declared as The Gulf of Finland Year: the memorandum has been signed by the Finnish, Russian and Estonian environmental ministries. The presidents of the three countries act as patrons for the theme year. Besides scientific research, there will be a lot of educational events for a broad audience throughout the year. Friends of the Baltic coordinate the international youth cooperation for drawing up the Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland.

  • Russian “Step to Ecosupport” Project Experts Studied Green Solutions In Norway


    "Step to Ecosupport" project experts of "Friends of the Baltic" NGO get acquainted with practical green solutions that implemented in educational and municipal areas in Norway. Simple steps for proper disposal of waste in schools, kindergartens and at home, green energy for heating houses, support of ecological transport is only small part of experience that can be useful to Russian ecosupporters.

  • Young people and the natural values of the Gulf of Finland: Three Countries – Three Islands

    1 – 11.8. Friends of the Baltic organized a youth educational trip to Estonia, Finland and Russia. The tour was part of the seminars under the title “Three Countries – Three Islands”. Young people from the three countries stayed at the islands of Aegna (Estonia), Suomenlinna (Finland) and Krestovsky (Russia). During the trip, the young acquainted themselves with the natural values of the shores and islands of the Gulf of Finland, learned, what environmental threats the gulf is facing and heard also about the practical measures to protect it. Experts from the three countries held seminars on the islands, concentrating on the problems of eutrophication, biodiversity, sea transport, fishery, etc.

  • Youth Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland prepared at an international camp

    The international Russian-Finnish-Estonian youth camp preparing the Youth Declaration on the Protection of the Gulf of Finland ended on July 27th. Friends of the Baltic was one of the organizers. Russian participants returned to St. Petersburg with the Declaration that reflects the young people’s thoughts about how the regions around the Gulf of Finland should be developed, and how the gulf’s ecological condition could be improved. The document will be presented on September 19th at the international Festival of the Gulf of Finland at the Tavricheskiy Palace.

  • The Gulf of Finland Year as an instrument of building an environmentally friendly culture in St. Petersburg

    On June 26th, Friends of the Baltic took part in a panel discussion “The role of nature protection organizations and thematic programs in creating environmentally friendly culture in Russia” that was held in the conference of the Council of Journalists. Olga Senova, Council chair of Friends of the Baltic, told about the different educational events dedicated to the Gulf of Finland Year 2014 and about their influence on the ecological culture of the young people living in St. Petersburg.

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