OUR MISSION

We aim to revolutionize secondary school education by integrating Circular Economy principles and fostering sustainable consumer behavior among the youth. Recognizing the impending resource shortages, our mission is to equip teachers and schools with engaging and effective tools to influence pupils’ sustainable consumption habits.

Through a collaborative international effort of HEIs and NGOs, the project will implement innovative activities encompassing research, practical actions, and educational materials. Our project seeks to transform educational schemes, providing research-based guidelines, innovative instructional resources, and comprehensive training for teachers to inspire and empower the next generation in circular economy practices.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is at the heart of ETCASE. In the face of limited resources and pressing environmental challenges, we urgently need a shift towards a circular economy. We want to drive this change from the grassroots level – through educating the next generation. By sensitizing and inspiring young people for sustainability, we lay the foundation for a society and economy in harmony with nature. With innovative teaching methods and hands-on activities, we show that sustainability is fun and everyone’s business. Today’s students are tomorrow’s changemakers!

ERASMUS+ PROJECT

ETCASE is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ program and unites 8 partners from 6 countries. This strategic partnership brings together a diverse range of institutions, each contributing their unique expertise and resources to the project. By fostering cross-border collaboration and knowledge exchange, we aim to develop innovative, high-quality solutions for integrating Circular Economy Education into secondary schools across Europe.

Our consortium includes renowned universities and experienced sustainability NGOs, ensuring a balanced mix of academic rigor and practical know-how.

DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

ETCASE runs over 3 years (11/2023 – 10/2026) and comprises 3 interconnected modules:

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Insights into attitudes and behaviors of youth regarding the circular economy through surveys, experiments, and innovation labs. Development of a handbook as a basis for teaching.

ON-SITE ACTIVITIES

Design and testing of measures to actively involve students and schools, e.g., through re-use centers, workshops, and competitions.

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Development of innovative, target group-specific teaching materials and training concepts for teachers to integrate circular economy topics into the curriculum. Through this holistic approach, we aim to sustainably empower secondary schools to firmly establish Circular Economy Education in everyday school life.

PARTNERS OF THE PROJECT

VSB-Technical University of Ostrava

VSB-Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TUO) is a public institution with over 170 years of history, educating approximately 12,000 students annually across seven faculties and five research centers. The university excels in technical education, offering programs in IT, biomedicine, economics, material technology, mining, and construction. A key component of VSB-TUO is the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies (CEET), which focuses on sustainable energy and environmental technologies. The Faculty of Economics (FE) at VSB-TUO, involved in many international projects, will directly contribute to the project, bringing expertise in green transformation and economic research. The university is actively involved in research on the transition of coal regions and provides extensive further education programs.

UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS IN KATOWICE

The UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, part of the National Foundation for Environmental Protection (NFOS), is an NGO established in 1991. It is a member of the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) network, focusing on sustainable natural resource management. NFOS/UNEP collaborates with national and international partners on various environmental and sustainability projects. It coordinates the SDG Partnership “Together for the Environment” and the Climate Leadership programme, supporting businesses in Poland on their path to climate neutrality. The centre also manages the GLOBE education program, enhancing students’ knowledge in sustainability and life sciences

UNIVERSITÀ
OF BARI ALDO MORO

The Department of Economics and Finance (DiEF) at the University of Bari is a multidisciplinary research unit with expertise in fields such as Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, IT, and Law. DiEF employs 64 academic staff and runs multiple degree programs, including an international Master in Economics of Globalisation and European Integration. The department is involved in numerous national and international research projects, focusing on topics like socio-economic risks, sustainability, and urban mobility. DiEF also engages in public initiatives to promote technological and social development and supports researchers’ mobility and innovation transfer.

ANHALT UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Anhalt University, a state university in Germany, offers innovative research and teaching at its campuses in Bernburg, Dessau, and Köthen. With around 8,000 students, the university emphasizes practical education and career readiness across its seven departments. It integrates project work and practical theses into its curriculum, ensuring students can apply their knowledge directly. Anhalt University is known for its small study groups, e-learning opportunities, and strong connections with industry, providing an ideal environment for starting a career in Germany or abroad.

Institute for Sustainable Development of Settlements

The Institute for Sustainable Development of Settlements (IURS) is a non-profit civil association in the Czech Republic, established in 2001. It aims to raise awareness of urban issues and support sustainable urban development. IURS collaborates with municipalities, offering expertise in spatial and urban planning, and has participated in various projects related to climate change mitigation and the EU green deal. It conducts educational activities for different audiences, including primary school children and university students, and provides training for municipal representatives.

University of Akureyri

Located in North Iceland, the University of Akureyri (UNAK) is known for its academic excellence and contribution to regional economic growth. UNAK offers programs across three schools: Business and Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences, serving around 2,300 students. The university emphasizes flexible learning, with all courses available both on-campus and online. The Centre of Teaching and Learning (CTL) at UNAK supports faculty development in teaching methodologies and technology integration, ensuring high-quality education standards.

Center ponovne uporabe

CPU is a non-profit social enterprise in Slovenia, focusing on waste prevention and reuse activities. It operates a network of reuse centers and social activation programs, providing employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed. CPU’s activities include collecting, repairing, and selling reusable items, and it actively participates in international projects related to the circular economy. The organization combines expertise in social entrepreneurship, ecology, and support for vulnerable groups, promoting green social innovation and sustainable resource use.

GRID-Warsaw

The UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, part of the National Foundation for Environmental Protection (NFOS), is an NGO established in 1991. It is a member of the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) network, focusing on sustainable natural resource management. NFOS/UNEP collaborates with national and international partners on various environmental and sustainability projects. It coordinates the SDG Partnership “Together for the Environment” and the Climate Leadership programme, supporting businesses in Poland on their path to climate neutrality. The centre also manages the GLOBE education program, enhancing students’ knowledge in sustainability and life sciences.

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Feel free to contact us – we look forward to bold schools that want to make the circular economy tangible with us!

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