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YEE webinar - Sustainability in NGOs

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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

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YEE webinar - Sustainability in NGOs

  1. 1. CONTENTS 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 6. Summary 7. Evaluation and closing ABOUT: 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.
  2. 2. YOUTH AND ENVIRONMENT EUROPE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK 41 member organisations in 25 countries AIM To encourage youth to be involved in environmental protection and to provide a platform where these organisations can work together ACTIVITIES •Training courses for developing various competences (e.g. project management, leadership) •Youth exchanges on environmental topics •Campaigns on environmental issues •Publications WEBSITE: www.yeenet.eu
  3. 3. THE PROJECT Online project 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 AIM To explore the concept of a sustainability in youth NGOs in order to improve the quality of work of youth organisations. ACTIVITIES •How-to guides on various topics connected with sustainability in organisations. •Online meetings between youth organisations to help them share their experience. http://www.yeenet.eu/index.php/projects/yee-ongoing-projects/1372-sustainability-in-ngos
  4. 4. SUSTAINABILITY Definition 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) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sustainable_development.svg
  5. 5. SUSTAINABILITY Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_development http://www.globalfootprints.org/sustainability UN Sustainable Development Goals: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
  6. 6. ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH ORGANISATION ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH ORGANISATION AIM protect the environment & raise environmental awareness AIM support young environmentalists & support development TOOL Young people use an organisational structure to achieve a shared value STRUCTURE Young people are actively involved - as main target group - by running it THEME/METHOD environmental education, often based on non- formal education
  7. 7. ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH ORGANISATION READ MORE: •Read more: •T-kit Organisational management: http://pjp-eu.coe.int/documents/1017981/1667907/tkit1.pdf/28858c2d-3a8d-4912-93f5-249dc2b63044 •Youth work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_work http://ec.europa.eu/youth/policy/implementation/work_en •Youth worker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_worker
  8. 8. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES Maintaining the image of the organisation – accountability as an environmental organisation Set of guiding rules which guide the organisation in everyday management Being coherent and true to an organisation’s values Environmentally- friendly management of office and projects
  9. 9. WHY THIS TOPIC? YEE’s observation •Need to strengthen the network and be coherent •Put emphasis on being an “environmental youth organisation” Needs analysis •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?
  10. 10. AIM “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 development.” ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: YEE SUSTAINABILITY POLICY CONTENT 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 http://www.yeenet.eu/images/stories/DOCUMENTS/OFFICIAL_DOCUMENTS/YEE-Sustainability-Policy_2016.pdf
  11. 11. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: ECO-MAPPING AIM To analyse and manage the environmental performance of the organisation MAIN POINTS: •Self-evaluation tool •Practical method to conduct environmental review •Collecting data about the current situation of the office •Tool to set priorities and identify points for improvement •Involves all employees and volunteers HOW IS IT DONE? •Create a map of urban situation •Create a map of your office •Create several copies of the map for different points: water, soil, air, odours, noise, dust, energy, waste, risks. •Collect the information with your colleagues •Identify environmental problems and points for improvement Source: Eco-mapping © Heinz-Werner Engel 1998 Read more: http://www.sba-int.ch/spec/sba/download/Tools/EcomapGuideEnglish.pdf
  12. 12. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: YEE INTERNAL AUDIT AIM 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- friendly way •The auditors prepare the report which is presented at the following YEE Annual Meeting WHY: •To check if YEE follows the organisation’s environmental principles. Example: Internal Audit 2016 http://www.yeenet.eu/images/stories/YEE_PROJECTS/Annual_Meetings/Annual_Meeting_2016/Internal_audit_report_2015-2016.pdf
  13. 13. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: YEE INTERNAL AUDIT EXAMPLES: •2016: http://yeenet.eu/images/stories/YEE_PROJECTS/Annual_Meetings/Annual_Meeting_2016/Internal_audit_report_2015-2016.pdf •2015: http://yeenet.eu/images/stories/YEE_PROJECTS/Annual_Meetings/Annual_Meeting_2015/Internal_audit_report_2014_15.pdf •2014: http://yeenet.eu/images/stories/YEE_PROJECTS/Annual_Meetings/Annual_Meeting_2014/Internal_audit_report_2013-2014.pdf
  14. 14. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: YOUR EXPERIENCE 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 organisation?
  15. 15. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: ANSWERS FROM PARTICIPANTS 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 sustainability principles. - 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 change.
  16. 16. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: ANSWERS FROM PARTICIPANTS Examples of the participants: For events: - 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 Office: - 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
  17. 17. ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES: FURTHER READING MORE IDEAS ON HOW TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY 1. http://www.iynf.org/download/green_toolbox/GreenToolbox.pdf 2. http://www.homoecos.lv/lat/wm/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Vadlinijas-Environment_friendly-events_EN_GALA.pdf 3. https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sustsci/ists/docs/whatisSD_env_kates_0504.pdf 4. http://www.yeenet.eu/images/stories/documets/Publications/General_Publications/EMS_EN_online.pdf
  18. 18. EVALUATION & CLOSING WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE YOUR ORGANISATION’S EXPERIENCE OF STAYING ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY? Contact •Please write more to: natalia@yeenet.eu

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