Environmental understanding

The Bicycle Repair Shop's purpose is to provide space, tools and advice to all interested in repairing their own bike. In the Bicycle Repair Shop bicycle owners will be able to find some of the less accessible cycle repair tools that most people don't have at home. Once a week at the Bicycle Repair Shop everyone who shows up will have access to the help of volunteers who will help them with any repairs which attendees do not know how to do themselves. This service is based on the "do it yourself" principle: all the repairs are done by oneself, so people can quickly learn bicycle repair techniques. If a part on a bike needs to be replaced, the Bicycle Repair Shop can find a free replacement - usually a part that someone donated to the Bicycle Repair Shop, or the parts salvaged from old and "unusable" bikes. One of the major goals of this project is to prevent usable bicycles, or their parts, from being scrapped. The desire is to collect as many old bikes as possible and either rebuild them or salvage their usable parts. (prepared by: Anđela Knez)
INA d.d. finances various environmental projects and initiatives doing the program called Green Belt. This program stresses the importance of sustainable development, environmental protection (air emissions, biodiversity, concern about waste, protection of water, "green products") and climate change. (prepared by: Iris Mužić)

Greenpeace Croatia has installed 2kW solar photovoltaic panels at primary school in Drenovci, a village that was flooded in recent major floods. The aim of this action is to promote solar energy and start a campaign for "renewable renewal" of flooded areas. (prepared by: Iris Mužić)

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Whilst Croatian average of waste segregation is less than 10%, in 2015 on the island of Krk it was more than 45. Also, the aim is complete reduction of gas emissions and maximum utilization of the solar, wind and biomass energy which could lead to becoming energy sulf-sufficient island. (prepared by: Paola Marinović)

Activist group 'Zelena akcija' again organizes Enviromental film festival that will be held this May. On this festival visitors can introduce themselves to many social and ecological problems in the world. Still, attention will be paid on the successful examples of sustainable development, solidarity economy and social entrepreneurship in Europe and how all this could be integrated in croatian society and economy. (prepared by: Paola Marinović)

"Solar City" is one of the projects of urban development program "Gorica 2020" presented by the mayor Dražen Barišić at the end of 2012. The project aims to encourage the use of solar energy on the roofs of public and residential buildings, which will generate savings in the housing costs, while reducing environment pollution. (Prepared by: Borna Fuerst Bjeliš, PhD )

Within the project IMBY (In My Back Yard) city Velika Gorica opened a central facility for collecting, sorting and recycling the waste from its' territory. With this facility Velika Gorica also gained very modern and environmentally friendly central object for the future waste management. (Prepared by: Borna Fuerst Bjeliš, PhD )

Velika Gorica became the first Ecoregion in Croatia. Living and working in this city will be based on environmental and economic feasibility and cost-effectiveness (Prepared by: Borna Fuerst Bjeliš, PhD )

The organization Gea Viva has implemented project called “Sustainability of the island” on the island Brač. The organization has provided cycle of free workshops for children and grownups in period from February to June 2015. The general aim of project was contribution to sustainable development of islands, preservation of traditional customs and crafts of islands and their consolidation with contemporary ways of living which tend to preserve environment and living on the island. (prepared by: Jasminka Dimšić)

The moto for this years Europe week is Motion and enviromental protection. One of the projects is „European cycling challenge“  which has a goal of promoting sustainable transport and motivating as many pepople as possible to practice a more enviroment friendly way of transportation, in this case using a bike. The project will be held until the end of may.  (prepared by: Marin Mićunović)

"Green Office" is the name for a set of activities that employees should practice daily to reduce negative environmental impact. By using "Green Office" measures SRCE wants to achieve rational use of energy, office supplies and equipment, minimize waste and maximize recycling. The reason behind implementing "Green Office" measures is the need to achieve a higher energy efficiency and to protect the environment."Green Office" is the name for a set of activities that employees should practice daily to reduce negative environmental impact. By using "Green Office" measures SRCE wants to achieve rational use of energy, office supplies and equipment, minimize waste and maximize recycling. The reason behind implementing "Green Office" measures is the need to achieve a higher energy efficiency and to protect the environment. (prepared by: Ivana Erdelez)

The aim of the project was to improve the life quality of citizens by managing better solutions in urban traffic and promoting and encouraging sustainble, clean and more energy effective ways of managing traffic. The project was managed in five european cities: Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb(Croatia), Gent (Belgium), Porto (Portugal), Brno (Czech Republic). The project has lasted for four years, since 2008 until 2012. (prepared by: Jasminka Dimšić)

Zelena akcija traditionally organizes Jesenski eko-seminar that started on 18th of  October and it will end on 24th of  November 2016. All lessons in this seminar are free and open for everybody who is interested. Topics of lessons are connected to the enviromental problems and sustainable development. (Prepared by: Paola Marinović)

The aim of project Zelena knjižnica is to educate and raise awareness about sustainable society and the necessity of environmental protection through screenings of documentary films, lectures, discussions, workshops and book launches. Anyone can contribute, while libraries should be lighthouses of new ideas for sustainable and healthy society - a society that will take care of our planet Earth. (Prepared by: Ivana Erdelez)

Argonauta Organization and Eco-patrol Murter organized the "Open-eco quiz" through which have joined the campaign "Change Climate Change" by Environmental Youth Association "Youth and Environment Europe“. The goal was to actively involve children, youth and adult residents and passers-by on the Murter in raising awareness of climate change problem and reflection on the activities of the individual to minimize the impact of climate change on the Earth through three thematic areas: water, energy and waste. (Prepared by: Kristina Jajtić)

SOURCE: argonauta.hr

Croatian eco designed product

Ekoteka is inovative and many times awarded brand of designed products which have been created out of wasted textile, recycled paper and organic materials. They have been designed in the aim of being completley usable. In their production is used as many wasted and old materials.

By using wasted textile we reduce the amount of garbage which we make every day. The textile on covers of notebooks is unnecessary surplus which will end up in garbage anyway. Also, the textile made out of wasted and old shirts, trousers, T-shirts, dresses is created and chosen very carefully by designers in firm called Humana Nova. (Prepared by: Jasminka Dimšić)

Natura 2000 is an ecological network made up of areas important for the conservation of threatened taxa and habitat types in the European Union. Its objective is to conserve or re-establish a favourable conservation status for more than a thousand threatened and rare taxa, and approximately 230 natural and semi-natural habitat types. To date, some 30,000 areas in almost 20% of EU territory have been included in the network, making this the largest system of conserved areas in the world. Natura 2000 was founded according to EU Directives. Areas are selected according to scientific benchmarks, and special consideration is given to public interest and the benefit of the people living in these areas. (Prepared by: Iris Mužić)

SOURCE: dzzp.hr