The Green Steps awareness-raising 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.
- 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.
From the main menu screen, users are able to visit nine locations by clicking on the home, school, supermarket, park, lake, transport stop, workplace, town square and library.
The icons at the top of the main menu screen take users directly to the help section, library, topics and locations.
Most of the locations feature a number of interactive spots, which users can discover by moving their mouse over the illustration. By clicking on the hotspots, users can access information and ideas about environmentally friendly and sustainable behaviour, presented through texts, spoken messages and video clips.
By clicking on the chess pieces on the giant chessboard in the town square, users will discover 12 dilemmas. For each of the 12 situations described, a number of conflicting interests and possible solutions are outlined. Users are asked to form their own opinions and present their own point of view. Тhe viewpoints of a various community stakeholders (local authorities, the business sector, citizens, environmentalists, car owners and students) are presented.
In the workplace, representatives of 14 different professions are illustrated, moving from floor to floor in an interactive lift. Clicking on the figures gives users access to background information; details of the environmental and health impacts of each profession and its contribution to social development; and tips on how to reduce or minimise potential negative impacts.
The library contains a variety of background resources for users of the toolkit:
- An encyclopedia, containing information on 293 species of plants and animals. The information is presented in the form of texts, photographs, video clips, illustrations and sounds.
- Access to the upgraded version of the Green Pack multimedia educational tool, which includes information on 22 topics related to environmental protection and sustainable development – that includes: air, water, soil, biodiversity, urbanisation, noise, waste, chemicals, energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry, tourism, climate change, ozone depletion, acidification, seas and oceans, consumerism, health, citizens’ rights and sustainable development. In addition, users can find lesson plans, dilemmas, videos, tests and other educational materials for use in school.
- A series of 48 factsheets connected to air, water, soil, biodiversity, urbanisation, noise, waste, chemicals, energy, transport, industry, agriculture, forestry, tourism, climate change, ozone depletion, wetlands, electromagnetic fields, consumerism, health, citizens’ rights, sustainable development, radioactivity, desertification, population growth, poverty, corporate social responsibility, and eco-ethics. These printable pdf files are a valuable resource for group work and educational activities.
- Direct access to the texts on the 14 professions.
- Direct access to the 12 dilemmas.
- “What’s that sound?”, a game in which users hear a sound and are asked to decide which animal is responsible for making it.
- Direct access to the complete collection of video clips featured in the encyclopedia and locations sections.