If you want to develop an eco-management audit system in a school, we invite you to visit out web-site. You'll find the steps that Colegiul National "Emil Racovita" from Cluj-Napoca have made- together with the other partner schools by developing the Comenius 1 school development project DIR-EMAS- in order to become an EMAS certified school.
This web - site is a product of the project DIR-EMAS, a Socrates Comenius 1 school development project, with the financial support of the Romanian Socrates National Agency. The content of this web - site is not necessarily presenting the official position of the European Union.
 

During the three years we intend to run the following activities:
a) Lobbying - all participants : the school board, the teachers board, technical staff, students, parents - should be informed and convinced about the importance of developing and eco-management system in the school. We will discuss with the participating groups of people. During these discussions we will try to create a good atmosphere in the schools in order to develop, implement and run the eco-management system.
b) Analysis of the environmental aspects : we will collaborate in order to realize check - lists. These check - lists will help us to collect the most relevant environmental data. These data will be the basis of the potential analysis and for environmental improvement.
c) Environmental Policy : we will discuss and elaborate the school’s aims and activities for environmental improvement. As a consequence of this activity, we will elaborate the environmental programme of the school. This programme will describe the environmental aims (what?), activities (how?), the persons that are responsible for running the activities (who?), the period of time (when?). This programme represents the main part of the environmental management system.
d) Planning and unrolling training courses in order to develop the environmental programme and gathering material in order to publish a booklet with information about developing and implementing the eco-management system in schools.
e) Realizing the internal audit
f) Elaborating the environmental declaration; we will make it public and this declaration will inform the community about the school’s environmental impact and will describe the concrete aims, the improvement processes and the outcomes.
g) EMAS certification
As a cyclic and continuous process of improvement:
a) the implementation of the environmental programme
b) internal Audit/ we will discuss with the school’s board what is and what is not running
c) reviewing the management system/ aspects that can be improved.


 

Project meeting in Vienna- September 2003

In short, at this meeting we:

  • we discussed the EMAS Regulations
  • the Austrian partner presented us the environmental aspects that they considered
  • we visited the Austrian partner school
  • we discussed with representatives of a school from Vienna that was EMAS certified and Eco-labeled
  • we planned means of communication between partner schools
  • pwe planned in detail the project activities for 2003/2004.( read more )



 

Identification of Romanian legislation and regulations related to environment

The first step was to establish and maintain the procedure to identify and allow access to the environmental regulations applicable in Romanian schools. One member of our team searched on Internet and found lots of regulations. The team members read these regulations and decided which are applicable to schools. One member of our team registered to an environmental “virtual” group which informs its members about Romanian environmental legislation and regulations. This makes us keep informed with what is new in this domain. In January 2004 it was published the Romanian regulation regarding the establishment of the procedure of organization and coordination of Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) in order to allow voluntary participation by organizations in (EMAS)- this was helpful to us in unrolling the project.



 

Identification of partners- companies and/ or N.G.O.s for consultancy and expertise

In order to identify partners in our community and for increasing the students’ involvement in the development of the project, we organized a meeting on the EMAS topic. At this meeting participated representatives of the National Environmental Guard, of the Company Terapia S.A., of the Ecological Club of Transylvania (N.G.O.), students and teachers of our school.( read more )



 

The analysis of the environmental aspects

We established procedures for identifying the environmental aspects of the school or of the services the school is providing in ordered to decide which ones have or should have a significant impact on the environment. We applied the check - lists ( see attachment ) – school’s staff- and the questionnaires ( see attachment ) – students-. After filling in the check - lists and the questionnaires, the project team analysed the answers and elaborated a conclusive report about. ( see attachment )
Because we wanted to be sure that the environmental aspects with significant impact on the environment are taken into account when establishing the environmental aims, we elaborated, with the help of the Austrian partner school- the Environment aspects and effects’ evaluation form. ( see attachment )
All the members of the project team filled in the form and there were established the environmental aspects that we’ll take into consideration in planning and implementing the environmental programme. ( see attachment ).
The school’s activities that the team decided that have a significant environmental impact are:
short term

  • activities of the school organized outside it (extracurricular activities, trips, swimming, camps)
  • interschool exchanges (teachers and students)
  • cleaning the buildings – waste collection and resource usage
  • securing consumables, including paper for the copier
  • hiring services
  • work protection in specialized laboratories- physics, chemistry, biology, informatics
medium term
  • training the teaching staff.
We elaborated the environmental policy.



 

Project meeting in Helsinki – April 2004

In short, during this meeting:

  • we visited a school that is unrolling environmental projects
  • all the partner schools presented the state of the project in their school
  • the Finnish partner presented the other environmental projects they are developing
  • the Austrian partner offered consultancy to the partner schools regarding the future activities that they will unroll in the DIR-EMAS project
  • we organized the activities for realizing the common project’s web-site
  • we begun the evaluation of the project.( read more )



 

Dissemination activities 2003 - 2004

  • we realized the DIR-EMAS board (see attachament)
  • teachers and students from Colegiul National "Emil Racovita" organized during the Comenius Week, on the 11th of November 2003, an experience exchange activity with students and teachers, members of the “Borrowed Earth” project team, from Colegiul Tehnic Energetic Cluj-Napoca; the starting point of this activity was the idea of sharing good practices, both schools being involved in unrolling environmental projects. ( read more )
  • we prepared and presented the PowerPoint presentation: DIR-EMAS – an opportunity to develop an environment management system at the Conference “European school partnership” organized by ISJ Cluj
  • we informed the school’s staff and the students about the activities unrolled in the project during the teachers’ meetings, the school’s board meetings and by posting information on the project’s poster
  • we realized a booklet which contains the first steps that our school made in order to develop EMAS during the first year of the project
  • we prepared and published two articles about the project in the school’s magazine.


 

Project meeting in Trollhattan, Sweden - September/ October 2004

The project meeting was held at Nils Ericsgymnasiet, Trollhattan, Suedia and representatives of all the partner institutions attended it.

During the project meeting

  • we visited three different schools from Trollhattan, including the partner school
  • there were presented the activities unrolled by each partner within the project
  • we discussed on the joint activities: evaluation of the project, web-site further development, future project meetings,
  • we exchanged the pictures realized by the students from each partner school
  • we discussed on the common product of the second year (video clip/ film)
  • we discussed on the renewal application of the project and we plan the activities for the 3rd year project
  • the Austrian partner presented some guidelines for producing the documentation handbook

For details, please read the Protocol of the meeting



 

The Environmental League

The Environmental League is part of the school's environmental programme. Its main aim is to increase the students' environmental awareness.

Because the Environmental Policy of our school is stating that Colegiul National "Emil Racovita" is committed to and values the protection of the environment and because the implementation of this policy is the responsibility of each member of the school community, the students' involvement in the implementation of the environmental programme is essential. The students' environmental awareness should be rewarded and we believe that rewarding the environmental awareness is much more important than the punishment of the "not caring about environment" behaviour. The Environmental League is starting with the school year 2004-2005 and it is important to mention that the Austrian partner-school helped us a lot in organizing it by sharing us their experience in unrolling the league.

Rules of the Environmental League are presented in the attachment.

The monthly scores can be seen on the Forum.



 

Students' Projects

The 9th and the 10th graders, coordinated by teacher Ariana Vacaretu, designed and realized environmental projects.

The starting idea of the projects was that, the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, signed and proclaimed by the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission at the European Council meeting in Nice on 7 December 2000, is now integrated in the European Constitution.

The Charter forms an integral part of the European Constitution and it covers not only the civil and political rights enshrined in the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights but also additional areas, e.g. protection of the environment.

Students understood environmental protection as the right to a cleaner, safer, healthier environment.

The two projects:

 - Water - the life's source realized by Iuga Bianca si Borodi Carmen, students in the 10th grade
 - European Union & Environment realized by Rokk Daria, Raluca Tegzesiu, Morar Mihaela, students in 9th grade - see the PowerPoint presentation

pointed out that:

  • a healthy and clean environment is vital for the quality of life we require for ourselves and for the future generations
  • protecting Earth, new challenges and new opportunities are appearing; being more efficient and using rationally the natural resources we can demonstrate that we are able to protect the environment and to develop economy, as well. We can be prosperous and we can have a proactive attitude towards the environment
  • water is a critical component of health and a healthy environment. The right to water includes access to adequate amounts of clean water, for both consumption and sanitation.
  • many people from all over the World and from Europe are aware of the necessity of acting in order to protect Earth; each of us has the power!
  • we started to be more responsible about our behaviour and its impact on the environment.

The two projects were presented in front of the school's teachers and students on the 17th of March 2005, during the Spring Day's event.



 

Video clip EMAS

Daniel Paval, Corina Cotroaza and Madalina Cotiu, students in the 12th grade realized the video clip EMAS. The video clip presents environmental issues and concerns in Cluj-Napoca, especially in the Romanian partner school, a company that obtained ISO 14000 certification and in nature.
If you are interested in watching the video clip, please click here.

 

Project meeting in Cluj-Napoca, Romania - April 2005

The project meeting was organized by Colegiul National “Emil Racovita” Cluj – Napoca and representatives of all the partner institutions attended the meeting.

During the project meeting:

  • was visited the Romanian partner school,

  • the 9th graders presented information about Romania, Cluj-Napoca and the Romanian partner school,

  • students presented the environmental projects they carried out,

  • we discussed with Mr. Sandor Korosfoy president of The Asociatia Ecologista "Floarea de Colt" (www.aefc.org) / Environmental association – associated partner of the Romanian school,

  • representatives of the partner schools presented the development of the project,

  • we participated at the workshop “Internal Audit” organized by the Austrian partner,

  • we discussed on the joint activities and products,

  • we discussed on the agenda of the next meeting in Germany, November 2005,

  • we visited the Hydropower station Mariselu; during the visit, the environmental policy of the Hidroelectrica company and its environmental reports were presented by a guest speaker.

  • For details, please read the Protocol of the meeting.


     

    Environmental League – winners 2004 –2005

    All the students did a wonderful job. The classes that obtained the best scores are:

    Grade Scores
    2nd B 126
    10th C 124
    10th D 118
    1st B 118
    1st A 117
    4th B 117
    9th B 116
    9th C 113
    2nd A 113

    The winners are, of course, the students from the 2nd grade B.
    They received T-shirts with the logo of the DIR-EMAS project.

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    Dissemination activities 2004-2005

    • We prepared and presented a PowerPoint presentation in front of the students and teachers, October 2004 (image 1 and image 2)
    • An article about the DIR-EMAS project was published in the local newspaper "Adevarul de Cluj", December 2004 (see the article)
    • We informed the school's staff and the students about the activities unrolled within the project by posting information on the projects board
    • We prepared and published three articles about the project: "Our School's Environmental Policy"/ author Ariana Vacaretu, project coordinator, DIR-EMAS: Our Swedish Experience"- authors: Corina Cotroaza and Madalina Cotiu, students in the 12th form, "DIR-EMAS & The Environmenat League" - author: Alexandra Columban, student in the 10th form, in the school's magazine
    • We prepared and presented a PowerPoint presentation of the project and the project meeting in Sweden at the Spring day event, on the 17th of march 2005 (see image1 and image2)
    • We prepared and presented a PowerPoint presentation about the project meeting in Trollhattan Sweden at the Comenius project coordinators' meeting organized by ISJ Cluj, March 2005


     

     

    Project meeting in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany – November 2005

    The project meeting was held at Berufsbildende Schulen (BBS) Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany and representatives of all partner schools attended it.

    During the project meeting :

    • there were presented the activities unrolled by each partner within the project; all the partners presented reports about their progress towards EMAS certification;
    • we discussed on the joint activities: evaluation of the project, web-site further development, the Conference for EMAS schools in Vienna - April 2006, common products;
    • there were shown presentations by the partner schools in the assembly hall to the school community about their countries, schools and the environmental situation;
    • we attended the presentation by the BBS about solar energy plants;
    • we exchanged ideas of environmental projects, discussed about the content of environmental education and we discussed about a joint project for students from all the partner schools;
    • the Austrian partner presented ideas about the management review;
    • we attended the walking tour in BBS “Through EMAS eyes” – as an exercise to improve EMAS in our schools;
    • we actively participated in the “Energy tour”: the Bio Station from Osterholz-Scharmbeck, a wind mill near Bremen , the Waldorf school from Bremen witch has a very good programme in preserving energy.



    For details, please read the Protocol of the meeting.

     

     

    Encouragement of the proactive attitude towards environment

    One of the main aims of the Environmental programme 2005 – 2006 is to increase the students' environmental awareness. That’s why the partner schools developed environmental projects in order to achieve this main aim.

    Here are the environmental projects implemented by the Romanian school :

    • The Environmental League – at its second edition (the first edition was unrolled during the school year 2004 – 2005) involved the students from all the grades and the environmental team of the school. The monthly scores can be seen on the Forum and the winners of the year are the 3rd A graders.
    • Environment Online (ENO) - it is a project administrated by the city of Joensuu, Finland. The main idea of the project is to lay emphasis on the local environment and to see it in a global aspect: act locally - think globally. Information is gathered from local communities and shared globally on the ENO website. Learning is student-centered with both online and offline activities. The results of learning are raised in local communities and on the project’s website. Four environmental themes are studied within a school year on a weekly basis. About 200 schools from 75 countries currently (school year 2005 – 2006) take part. Colegiul National Emil Racovita (ID RO04) is one of them. In this project are involved students in the 6th A grade (teacher Alexandrina Cruceru), students in the 6th B grade (teacher Cristina Miclea), students in the 7th B grade (teacher Ariana Vacaretu) and gathered information from local community was shared globally on the ENO website with the help of teacher Adrian Miclea.
      The products realized by our students can be seen here. (Please look for the school’s ID).
      Some of the products can be downloaded here : product4, product5, product6, product7.
    • Environmental issues in our newspapers – project realized by the 8th A graders (teacher Ariana Vacaretu) in partnership with students from the German Berufsbildende Schulen, Osterholz-Scharmbeck partnerschool. The students decided for two newspapers: one national and one regional. In March, all articles concerning environmental issues were collected. The students wrote down all the headlines and a brief sentence which resumes the article and made a statistics regarding the number of published articles concerning different environmental issues.
      The products realized by the students can be seen in the attachments. (product1, product2, product3)



     

    The EMAS Conference 2006 – Education and Training (4th European EMAS Congress for Schools) Vienna City Hall, April 27, 2006

    The main event of the third project year is the EMAS Conference 2006 – Education and Training, Vienna City Hall, the 27th of April, 2006 (www.emasconference2006.at) as a joint event organized by :

    • The Federal Secondary Grammar School - Bundesgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Wien 6, Rahlgasse – partner school
      together with
    • The Vienna City Council,
    • The Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW),
    • The Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts (BM: BWK).

    The EMAS Conference focused on the link between education / training and sustainable environmental management. Representatives of all the partner institutions attended the conference and contributed actively by presenting environmental issues in education and best practices examples in schools. The presentations shown and commented by representatives of the partner schools can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

    BBS – DE – presentation
    CNER – RO – presentation
    NEg – SE – presentation
    BG und BRG – AT – presentation

    The EMAS Congress for schools is the platform for schools which already have EMAS and those which are interested in environmental issues. The Conference was an occasion for the networking of schools interested in EMAS and sustainable education (see the list of participants Link la list of participants-emaskongress2006), it was an occasion of communicating for developing environmental consciousness and behaviour.

    The results and the conclusions of the EMAS Conference 2006 – Education and Training were presented by Mr. Herbert Wieninger. (read link)

    The second and the third days were held together with the International Conference on Environmental Management and Innovation which was held on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of April 2006 in the Vienna Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Austria, as an official Austrian EU Presidency conference. (see link)

    During these last two days of the Conference the discussions focused on

    • how the inclusion of employees in the EMAS system can become highly beneficial to schools and further on to companies
    • motivating schools to install EMAS and emphasizing all the pillars of sustainability (environment, social and economic issues)
    • pointing out the possibilities of public private partnership of EMAS schools and the economy.

    Contribution of the Austrian and Finnish partners were starting points for interesting discussions.
    rahlgasse – AT – presentation
    sykli - FI – presentation

    The poster session was also a wonderful opportunity for schools to exchange ideas and to plan further networking development.

     

    Project meeting in Vienna, Austria - April 2006

    The project meeting was organized by Bundesgymnasium und Bundesrealgymnasium Wien 6, Rahlgasse and representatives of all partner institutions attended the meeting. The EMAS Conference 2006 – Education and Training and the International Conference on Environmental Management and Innovation were both parts of this project meeting.

    During the project meeting we also

    • reflected on the EMAS conference;
    • presented reports about the schools’ progress towards EMAS certification;
    • evaluated our project by pointing out advantages/ benefits and things to be improved;
    • discussed the last details about our common products;
    • made the first draft of the joint report,
    • we celebrated our work in this project.



    For details, please read the Protocol of the meeting1.

     

     

    Dissemination activities 2005-2006

    • We prepared and presented a PowerPoint presentation in front of the students and teachers, October 2005.
    • We informed the school’s staff and the students about the activities unrolled within the project by posting information on the project’s boards.
    • We prepared and published in the school’s magazine an article about the project meeting in Germany: DIR – EMAS – a unique experience, author: Daria Rokk student in the 10th B grade.
    • At the 5th edition of the Spring Day project, the primary and the secondary school graders have chosen to work on the “Ensure environmental sustainability” Millenium Goal. Students prepared and presented some products of the environmental projects they developed - at the Spring Day event, on the 20th of March 2006.
    • We presented products of our project with the occasions of two other events: “The School’s Day” – the 12th of May 2006 and “The Environmental Day” – the 5th of June 2006.