• Toxic waste landfill Krasnyi Bor visited by HELCOM experts at 10 June 2016

    Experts from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden were joined by representatives of national environmental administrations, international financial institutions, NGOs as well as regional and federal environmental authorities of Russia. HELCOM and Coalition Clean Baltic representatives were among the international NGO's involved into discussion about toxic waste landfill.

  • Energy-efficient solutions for buildings are beneficial to all!

    On June 21, Friends of the Baltic organized the first presentation of the new mobile exhibition of energy efficient solutions for buildings , which took place at Ecocentrum demonstration complex in St.Petersburg. On June 27, in Jurmala, the exhibition was presented to an international group of partners. The exhibition was created with participation of public organizations’ experts from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Denmark and Norway. It demonstrates simple solutions that help to make buildings more comfortable, economical and "climate-friendly".

  • Climate Ambassadors Held Climate Action Days in the Russian Regions

    On Earth Day, April 22, Climate ambassadors began a nationwide Climate Action Days, which lasted until May the 1st in all regions of the country. The campaign was prepared by Russian Socio-ecological Union (RSEU) and the environmental organization "Friends of the Baltic". It was held in the framework of international SPARE project (School project for the rational use of resources and energy) and the "Climate Ambassadors". During Climate Action Days thousands of students and local people in the different regions of Russia became participants of lectures, lessons, games, contests and other events, the main idea of which was to attract society to solve the problem of climate change.

  • Education for sustainable solutions in the Gulf of Finland region

    A trilateral Russian-Finnish-Estonian seminar “The Baltic Sea environment: Best environmental education practices and application of new scientific knowledge in schools for education for sustainable development” was held in St.Petersburg on June 9. One of the main goals of the seminar was to strengthen the cooperation network of educators, scientists and NGOs of the three countries, as part of developing the St.Petersburg hub for sustainable water and coastal development.

  • Open Lessons on Energysaving at Russian International Energy Forum in 2016

    On 17-19th of May Environmental organization "Friends of the Baltic" and Energy efficiency Center of St. Petersburg held a series of media presentations and interactive lessons on energy efficiency for students and teachers, using SPARE materials at the Russian International Energy Forum (RIEF). Students learned what energy audit is, why we should insulate our apartments and save planet's resources, how to use energy efficiently, without reducing the comfort of life.

  • River Watch training on the seashore

    One day before the World Environment Day, Friends of the Baltic held a training for young environmentalists and educators on the Gulf of Finland coast. The event was dedicated to ways of conducting research/public monitoring of water objects, as well as to green solutions to reduce the human impact on the water environment. The training was held as part of the international project “Local Research and Education Hubs- key for sustainability education” (No.CBSSPSF/SC 042015/4), implemented with the support of the CBSS Project Support Facility.

  • Fair Share – is it possible to consider everybody’s interests on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland?

    The southern coast of the Gulf of Finland is an area where a multitude of interests collide – those of local population, country house owners, construction companies, yacht clubs, etc. Besides, one must not forget about the interests of the environment and the wellbeing of species that inhabit the territory. There is an acute need for a sound spatial planning that would consider all those interests. But is it possible? And if so, how could it be possible to give everyone their fair share while keeping the coast’s unique nature intact and not compromising the area’s economic development?


    This Earth Day, April 22, 2016, marks the beginning of the Week of Action to protect the Climate, a Climate Ambassadors campaign, created by the Russian Social Ecological Union’s Climate Secretariat, the SPARE program, and Friends of the Baltic NGO. From April 22 to May 1, in 15 regions of Russia there will be classes, open lectures and interactive lessons held for people of all ages, as well as local actions to support simple solutions to tackling climate change.

  • The "Climate Ambassadors" Training in St. Petersburg Started all-Russia Climate Action Days

    On 8th of April “Friends of the Baltic” held “Climate ambassadors” training which was dedicated to the start of all-Russia program – Climate action days. Teachers and volunteers interested in the climate issues received updated information about the impact of climate change on our city and residents. And most importantly received the solutions that could lower our impact on climate and environment. From April 22nd they will hold lessons and lectures in schools and universities according to the materials of the project and in the frameworks of Climate action Days.

  • 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.

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