A new multifunctional sports complex has been opened at the Rowing Center of Sports School # 2. It may be attended by everyone concerned about personal fitness. This is yet another facility built with the Alcoa Foundation funding under the program “Youth Votes for Health!” that is aimed at promoting healthy life styles among youth in Belaya Kalitva. This project has been implemented since 2011 by the Fund for Sustainable Development and with support from ZAO Alcoa Metallurg Rus. During this time, nine outdoor sports complexes have been installed in the city.
Along with Russian and Finnish experts, officials and Finnish businesses, FSD staff took part in the seminar “Practical Measures to Increase Energy Efficiency” held on June 10, 2014, at the Embassy of Finland in Moscow.
The presentations were devoted to topical issues related to energy and resource saving and the best practices in this area achieved in Finland and Russia. The participants noted an interest on the part of Russian regions in proposals of Finnish companies aimed at preserving the environment, energy and resources.
The School took place on March 17-24, 2014 at the Nakhabino Moscow Regional Training Center and its curriculum combined both theoretical and practical studies on the legal framework and organizational support to public self-governance and the role of its activists as public leaders. The training also included a presentation by a participant from Nizhny Novgorod, where the 20th anniversary of TOS was celebrated in 2014; a role-playing session; and a round table “Territorial Public Self-Governance: a Resource of Strategic Community Development”.
On February, 18 Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD) participated at GreenBiz Forum 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ ), that brings together partnership between GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU to give attendees an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today.
The Alcoa Foundation funded program Youth Votes for Health! that has become popular among the residents of the city and raion of Belaya Kalitva will be continued in 2014 with support from Alcoa Metallurg Rus and the Fund for Sustainable Development.
The new phase of the Program was officially launched on January 10, 2014, at a kick-off seminar held at the local Children’s Creativity Center. At the end of this month, a contest will be announced for the best proposals for upgrading the existing outdoor fitness grounds in the city.
We extend our congratulations to Larisa Strukova, director of the FSD Ural Regional Support Center and director of the Center of Environmental Education and Information, Yekaterinburg, on the receipt of a Letter of Gratitude from the Center for her active participation in volunteer activities of environmental NGOs in Sverdlovskaya Oblast in 2013.
On December 20, 2013, at the Soil Sciences Museum of Moscow State University, the activists of the Green School Project (implemented by the Fund for Sustainable Development from September through December 2013 in seven Moscow schools with financial support from ExxonMobil Russia Inc.) were awarded prizes.
The goal of this project was to teach schoolchildren positive attitudes to the natural environment and resources and foster environmental thinking among the younger generation based on an understanding of the importance of strategic approaches to environmental protection.
This project was initiated by the Kolomyanka Young Designer Support Studio that was created as a result of FSD’s Small Business for Sustainable Development Program carried out in Kolomna. One of the key areas of the Studio is to promote eco fashions – apparel and accessories made of natural organic fabrics, such as linen, cotton, hemp, wool, silk, nettles, corn and bamboo.