Sztum Circular Economy Final Conference - Day 2

Yesterday, we concluded the two-day conference that wrapped up the "Sztum Circular Economy - a Response to Contemporary Climate Challenges" project, which we have been implementing since February 2022. To commemorate this, we visited Sztum, the place where the project officially began. Representatives from the consortium spoke about the project's implementation, showcasing the results of two years of work to the attendees. The participants also had the opportunity to visit key sites strategically linked to the concept of the circular economy, including the Selective Municipal Waste Collection Point in Sztumskie Pole and the Circular Station "Second Chance," both projects completed as part of the Sztum Circular Economy initiative. Additionally, they visited the Sztum Solar Energy Park, which serves as a hallmark of the Sztum Municipality's energy self-sufficiency.

Just before the conference started, we also had the opportunity to support the youth from the Sztum municipality and city (who were invited to workshops as part of the project's activities) in learning how to create project concept notes.

Sztum Circular Economy Final Conference - Day 1

We are just wrapping up the first day of a two-day conference concluding the project "Sztum Circular Economy – a Response to Contemporary Climate Challenges," which has been in progress for the past two years. During the event, project outcomes and the experiences gained from the project in an international context were presented. The Task Force's achievements to date were summarized, and the main themes related to the Group's activities were discussed, namely: the efficiency of heating systems, the integration of solar energy and agriculture, fossil fuels in the context of public transportation, methanization, and energy with respect to the EU directive on heat and cooling plans. The future operation and relevance of the Task Force were also addressed, with a focus on the need to take further steps toward effective operation. Tomorrow, we will meet in Sztum to jointly participate in the summary and official closure of the project.

Design materials

As part of the hackathon and mentoring programme, two documents were prepared by the partner from Gdansk University of Technology, i.e. a Good Practice Book and a Compendium of Knowledge - Green Public Procurement Principles.

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the materials.

Final conference of the GreenUp project

The GreenUp - Youth for Green Change in Schools and Local Communities project, implemented over the past two years, had its official conclusion today. The conference marking the end of the project took place in Olsztyn. During the event, we once again recalled and shared with the gathered audience all the most important events and achievements that occurred during the project implementation. Representatives of WAMA COOP Association, Elbląg Technology Park, Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic, and Fønix AS spoke about cross-sectoral cooperation. Norwegian partners also talked about their work method with Norwegian youth - IPS. Invited guests, representing local government bodies including the City Hall in Braniewo and the Municipal Office in Miłakowo, discussed the future of youth cooperation in local governments. Meanwhile, representatives of youth environments presented a book of best practices, which includes projects developed by youth. There was also a panel discussion on topics related to youth community development, initiatives like 'youth for youth,' and youth engagement in ecology and nature conservation. The conference was hosted by Marcin Żuchowski from STG ERB and Mateusz Dąbkowski from WAMA COOP Association, for which we sincerely thank them.

Design Thinking - training with Active Creative, day 2

The second day of the Design Thinking training is also the last day of the whole series of trainings, within the Active Creative project. Today, we managed to do an extremely difficult thing concerning the solution to the problem we had chosen yesterday. We went through the steps of working with the idea of Design Thinking. The creative working tools we learnt, such as brainwriting, the crushing technique, mind mapping, the lotus flower or storyboarding, up to the scamper method, allowed us to reach the prototyping stage, of which all the trainees are extremely proud. Edward de Bono's method of six thinking hats, which allows you to look at a problem from different perspectives, also proved to be a very interesting method of creative work. We would like to thank trainer Magdalena Prech for professionally imparting a wealth of knowledge.

Design Thinking - Active Creative training, day 1

Today we started another training course as part of the Active Creative project. This time the theme was design thinking. The first day with Design Thinking went extremely constructively. At the beginning, each participant defined what the concept of design thinking is for them, and we also learned about the origins and a piece of history related to the above. We delved into working in interdisciplinary teams, user-centredness, experimentation and testing, and learned about the key stages in the DT process, viz: Empathising, needs diagnosis, idea generation, prototyping and testing. We then moved on to the practical part, where we worked on solving a jointly selected, exemplary problem, namely the deficit of publicly accessible toilets in our city. Under the guidance of our trainer, Magdalena Prech, from Epsylon, we went through the first stages of the process. And tomorrow we will start the next part of the work, starting the day with brainstorming, ending with the construction of a prototype.