The webinar was organised on 18 January 2017 by the team of Youth and Environment Europe within the project "Sustainability in NGOs". The aim of the webinar was to share experience among environmental youth organisations on how to follow environmental principles in their work
1. About Youth and Environment Europe,
2. About the project “Sustainability in NGOs”
3. Introduction on the basic terms
(sustainability, environmental youth organisation, environmental principles)
4. Ideas for environmental principles
1. YEE’s experience
2. Members’ experience
5. Further reading
7. Evaluation and closing
The webinar “Sustainability in NGOs” was organised by YEE on 18 January 2017
as part of the project with the same name. The meeting was facilitated by 2 people and
attended by 9 people from various environmental organisations – members of YEE.
The main aim of the webinar was to explore how environmental organisations follow
environmental principles, stay coherent with their mission and ensure that their office and
projects are environmentally-friendly.
We are happy to share the summary of this meeting in this presentation.
41 member organisations in 25 countries
To encourage youth to be involved in environmental protection and to provide a platform
where these organisations can work together
•Training courses for developing various competences (e.g. project management,
•Youth exchanges on environmental topics
•Campaigns on environmental issues
Started in September 2016
Based on the needs analysis of YEE’s member organisations: struggle with day-to-day work,
administrative tasks and maintaining the quality of their work and activities
To explore the concept of a sustainability in youth NGOs in order to improve the quality of
work of youth organisations.
•How-to guides on various topics connected with sustainability in organisations.
•Online meetings between youth organisations to help them share their experience.
sustainable development is “a process to meet the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (World Commission
on Environment and Development (WCED) (1987): Our Common Future. New York: Oxford University Press, 8)
UN Sustainable Development Goals:
YOUTH ORGANISATION AIM
Young people use
structure to achieve
a shared value
Young people are
- as main target
- by running it
based on non-
image of the
Set of guiding
and true to an
•Need to strengthen the network and be coherent
•Put emphasis on being an “environmental youth organisation”
•Knowledge about difficulties in member organisations
•Need for improvement
Seizing the network
•Learning from each other’s best practices
Why is the topic relevant for you?
•Please use the chat and write briefly why you wanted to join?
“To ensure its projects and activities do not have a negative impact on people or the
environment, all of YEE’s projects and activities should follow this policy.
YEE expects its members to respect nature, local communities, participants and
themselves while striving to protect the environment and supporting sustainable
Food, Waste, Travelling, Resources, Venue,…
Example: “Serve vegetarian or vegan food only.”
Creating the policy document
•Need for a reference; common set of rules
•Inclusive, participatory process
To review the work of the Board and Secretariat, check the progress of the Strategic Plan
and Work Plan and monitor if policies, rules and statutes are followed.
To share the result with the whole network
HOW IS IT DONE:
•Two auditors are elected from representatives of member organisations
•Choose two projects and check project questionnaire and additional information.
•The form includes questions about: food, travel, venue, materials. The auditors check
if the team followed YEE policies and organised the project in the most environmentally-
•The auditors prepare the report which is presented at the following YEE Annual Meeting
•To check if YEE follows the organisation’s environmental principles.
Example: Internal Audit 2016
Please share your experience and ideas!
The following questions might help to structure your thoughts
(1) Examples from your organisation
•Which environmental principle(s) does your organisation have?
•How do you ensure that your values become visible during activities?
(2) Ideas for improvement or innovation?
•Do you have another suggestion for establishing environmental principles in your
Examples of the participants:
- Organise a session for participants to make eco-mapping of the venue and suggest ideas
to the owners to improve the sustainability. It is also a good chance to create the space for
participants to discuss this topic. Moreover, to make values visible, it is very important to
communicate reasons for behaviour and talk a lot about eco-friendly means.
- Set up a “Sustainability committee” - it will aim to check that the organisation is following
- Recycle, do not print when not needed, reuse materials.
- Upcycle workshops (and also upcycling competitions).
- It’s great to reuse materials from previous projects, also to promote further what has
been done before in your organisation.
- All the initiatives should also have a communication strategy, so everyone involved
understand them and follow them. It will also help to not lose good practices when people
Examples of the participants:
- Only vegan menu
- No plastics, everything in glass
- Avoid using paper for signing in on events, introduce e-sign up with tablets
- An all events create sorting schemes if some waste is generated on the event
- Bringing plastic to the office is prohibited
- Sort 7 types of waste and introduce "Zero Waste office" - Avoid printing
- Try using biking as transport mean as much as possible
MORE IDEAS ON HOW TO BE
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S
EXPERIENCE OF STAYING ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY?
•Please write more to: email@example.com