About Green Steps

The Green Steps multimedia toolkit for Ukraine has been developed to raise public awareness about sustainable lifestyles, citizens’ environmental rights, and the changes that individuals can make in their everyday lives in order to contribute to the more sustainable development of Ukrainian society. Its primary target groups are members of civil society organisations, although it also provides valuable information for educators, students and families.

The Green Steps awareness-raising materials include:

  • a folder containing general information about the product;
  • the Green Steps USB materials are divided into four main sections:
    • A virtual tour around a number of locations typically visited in the course of everyday activities;
    • A series of 48 factsheets that can be used in educational and group activities;
    • An encyclopedia containing information on 293 species common to Central Europe, and to Ukraine in particular; and
    • Upgraded version of the Green Pack multimedia educational tools, which includes information on 22 topics related to environmental protection and sustainable development, lesson plans, dilemmas, videos, tests and other educational materials for use in school. This is an upgraded version of the Green Pack developed by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Ukraine (OSCE-Ukraine) in 2011.

All materials have been produced in Ukrainian, English and Russian.

The Green Steps materials are disseminated free of charge, and online access is also free.

Green Steps was developed by the REC in close cooperation with a number of Ukrainian experts and representatives of civil society organisations.

About the REC

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an independent international organisation, established in 1990 by Hungary, the United States and the European Commission. It promotes cooperation among governments, NGOs, businesses and other stakeholders, and supports the free exchange of information, public participation in environmental decision making and the sustainable development of society.

As part of its activities to promote the concept of sustainable development, the REC implements a variety of educational, capacity-building and awareness-raising programmes, including:

  • the establishment of high-level ESD working groups involving government officials and national experts;
  • research on school curricula and educational standards in order to identify national strengths, weaknesses and needs in relation to promoting ESD in the school system, followed by the development of national ESD action plans that reflect UN standards and recommendations;
  • the adaptation and upgrading of school curricula based on identified needs and in the context of specific ESD challenges in the target countries;
  • the development of interdisciplinary and interactive multimedia ESD tools;
  • the organisation of local train-the-trainer courses followed by comprehensive teacher training programmes on ESD at national level in the target countries; and
  • support to awareness-raising activities to promote ESD at national level.