project’s name, SPARE, is an abbreviation of “School Project
for Application of Resources and Energy”.
is a highly successful energy-education project. More than 4,000
schools are involved to energy education,
and practical actions from 17
purpose of SPARE is to fight climate change and to stabilize CO2 emissions
by reducing the total energy consumption. The children bring awareness
to their families.
November 11 - International Energy Saving
Day! Children SPARE ! JOIN !!
Save energy in the school and at home! Write postcards, articles, make
year there are national and international competitions
- The deadline
is generally in February-March.
- The competition is a big success each year. About 600
students and teachers participates from about 13 countries.
The deadline for the Competitions generally are in: February-March
In 2007-08, the full material was translated from Russian to English,
and the new round of the Competition is running in 2 languages in
Russian and in English.
- The basic material is available in national languages of the previous
New Countries: In
2007-10, INFORSE-Europe member organizations made a launch
in Romania (Earth Friends), Portugal (Almargem),
and in Bulgaria (Za Zemiata).
- Friends of the Baltic, Russia
- Friends of the Earth, Norway
Armenia: Eco-club Tapan
Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan Youth Movement (AYU)
Georgia: EcoVision, (Ecovzgljad)
Moldova: Gutta club
Poland: The European Association of Ecologists (GAP)
Portugal: Almargem and Centro Ciencia Viva de
Pamantului (Earth Friends)
Russia: Friends of the Baltic
Tajikistan: "For the Earth!"
Turkmenistan: Dashoguz Ecological Guardians
Ukraine: Ecological club "Eremurus", Kiev
UNFCCC COP15, December 2009:
SPARE, together with INFORSE, was present at UNFCCC-COP15 and the parallel
Klimaforum in Copenhagen.
Read about the participation at INFORSE
at COP15, SPARE Side
Event on December 9, 2009.
See pictures of the exhibition
at Bella Center and exhibition
Read the SPARE
web site coverage on the COP15.
members prepared the way for SPARE in 3 new countries in 2007-10:
Prietenii Pamantului (PP) has worked to introduce the SPARE in Romania
In 2007-08, the activities has focused on:
- Adapting a major part of the Moldova version to Romanian language,
- Testing the program in 5 selected schools for 200 pupils
the results in a report,
- Publishing articles for a Romanian magazine
- Adaptation to make the material more incompatible to the requirements
of the Romanian Educational Ministry.
In 2009, the SPARE activities involved several
new schools from Suceava, and from Bacau counties as well from Galati
Galati County. The exercises were conducted by teachers, and the role
of Prietenii Pamantului was to coach teachers and to provide examples
of activities as well as to work together with students on practical
activities. Two more solar collectors and several solar cooking boxes
were built by students during the several hours allocated for this kind
of activities, with the help of Prietenii Pamantului people.
Under the coordination of the teachers, students produced several models
of wind turbines, models of houses with solar PV panels, solar collectors,
biogas generators, water wheels, and water mills.
During the summer holidays, between 12 and 20 students from Brusturoasa,
Agas and Ghimes (three large villages on the Trotus Valley) were present
for 6 hours every day in our place, in Brusturoasa. We made possible
for kids to enjoy various educative activities in the field of English
Language, practical work on energy and on education of taste. The variation
of the themes was very beneficial, because nobody was bored any single
moment. The results are amazing in terms of improving the communication
abilities, of developing new skills, everything in a very positive atmosphere.
2010, about 500 children were involved in the educational program
On the SPARE international competition, there was a Romanian
pupil who received his prize at a special ceremony.
There are 4 newly established 4 Local Energy Planning Committees, which
are working in conformity with the existing program. There are
fully functional projects in Brusturoasa (solar PV, solar heat, and
wind power), Piscu (solar thermal and solar PV), Sarulesti (efficient
insulation and double glazed windows in a school), and Sovata (public
lighting using street LED lamps).
- PP is running school education in cooperation with other 6 Romanian
NGOs in 30 schools located in various cities and towns. More information
and images of our activities in these schools, including the Intenational
Contest “Energy and Habitat”, are on the web page of
the project “Romanian small communitirs, schools and NGOs promote
climate friendly energy solutions” with financial support from
Norwegian Government: www.comunitativerzi.ro (not available anymore). The
site is in Romanian and English languages.
permanent exhibition was opened at the newly built Centre
Development, Brusturoaasa, Bacau County.
- The mobile exhibition was present in Agas, Palanca, Ciughes,
Sovata, Piscu, Galati, Sarulesti, Lehliu, and Calarasi. It is estimated
that more than thousand people including a lot of school children
More information: att.
Ion Constantine Zamfir (Prietenii Pamantului) E-mail:
In 2009, Za Zemiata (ZZ) started up the SPARE Program
in Bulgaria very successfully.
- The textbooks was published in 780 copies and it was distributed on
the SPARE seminars to the teachers involved in the program.
- The Bulgarian
National Radio broadcasted 30-minute interview with the National Coordinator
of SPARE Todor Todorov. (Aug 20, 2009)
- SPARE received the official support of the Ministry
- Events on November 21,
25, and December 5, 2009 brought together several hundreds of NGO representatives,
teachers who received CDs and trainings.
2010, Za Zemiata continued the success with the SPARE Program.
- The text book was published again, as the 2009 edition ran out of stock.
- Four teacher’s trainings and one conference of the school
environmental clubs were organized.
The trainings were in Varna (April 24), Sofia (June 5, November
27), Veliko Tarnovo (October 16).
The national conference of the school environmental clubs took place
in Varna on October 8-9.
- The SPARE competition for school projects was organized in February
and March. 111 projects were accepted and 10 of them were awarded on
national level on the Spare competition. 5 of the projects were sent
to the International SPARE Competition. The Bulgarian projects won second
place in the category for teachers and 3rd place in the category for
Read more on the SPARE Bulgaria on: www.spareworld.org/eng/bulgaria,
and on Za Zemiata at www.zazemiata.org .
More information Todor Todorov (ZZ), e-mail: email@example.com .
In 2007-08, Almagrem worked on to introduce SPARE in Portugal.
The activities focused
- Translating general information on SPARE, and INFORSE to Portuguese
Developing web page where this material is available.
- Promoting SPARE
and INFORSE on a large exhibition on Clean Technologies and
Sustainable Mobility in Portugal, where Almagrem organized educational
with solar toys, ovens and windmills.
- Contacting schools in the Algavre
region to participate in the SPARE program
- Selecting 5 interested schools
Assessing the SPARE material. It was concluded that the material needed
to be not only translated, but also adapted to the Portugal school
In 2008, Almagrem translated the main 26-page material of SPARE.
The 26-page document can be download here:
SPARE - Portugal 171 kB pdf file
more on the activities in 2007-08 at: Almargem
's web site (not available anymore)
In 2010, CCVT took over the SPARE. CCVT has
a 2-year plan to the introduction.
Until the end of 2010 the following was achieved among others:
- The full text book (70-page) was translated to Portuguese and printed.
- Three meeting were held with teachers.
- In two Portuguese schools
it was tested.
- Partnership was created with the Regional Energy and
Environmental Agency, AREAL (Agência Regional de Energia e Ambiente
the Tavira Municipality. AREAL hels 2 training sessions on simple energy
auditing tools. The Tavira Municipality also collaborated by making available
bills of both schools participating in the project.
- The local authority (Câmara Municipal de Tavira – the
Chamber of the Tavira
Municipality) was contacted and inited to collaboration.
More information on new development of SPARE activities in 2010 at
CCVT's web site http://www.cvtavira.pt/home,
as well as SPARE
Godinho e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
European school project (SPARE), to changing behaviour, was
launched from Norway to Eastern
Europe. In the period of 1996-99,
more than 2,000 classes and 50,000 school children from 10 European
counties were participating every year
in the SPARE project.
In the first year,
the project was partly funded by the European Union’s SAVE
program. Finland and Scotland were the first
EU countries to join. Eastern Europe was very well represented,
with participating schools from Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. The
financing of the project in the Central Eastern European countries
in 2000, but some schools continued to run similar program built
on the success.-
In 2003, the SPARE material was updated in Russian and was launched
Russia and in the previous CIS countries. The material has been translated
to the languages of the previous CIS countries.
In March, 2006, there was a workshop organized together with
INFORSE-Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia. See at Seminar.
In 2005-06, there was a successful SPARE Competition of School Energy
In 2006-07, a new Round was launch for Competition of School
In 2007, a new initiative was agreed in the Annual Meeting in Moldova.
SPARE started up practical projects, and announced a slogan: "We
can contribute to reduction of CO2 emissions”.
- In 2007-08, the full material is under translation from Russian
to English, and the new round of the Competition is running in 2 languages
in Russian and in English.
2007-08, INFORSE member organizations prepared to launch SPARE
in Romania and Portugal.
In 2008, the International Energy Saving Day was launched.
2008, 150,000 pupils were involved from more than 3000 schools.
- In 2009-10, 175,000 pupils were involved from about 4500 schools.
SPARE has a steady growth and it is getting more and more "official" support
from Educational Ministries.
in Norway, and Europe:
The web site www.naturvern.no/spare/
Description in Norwegian and English.
Brochure can be downloaded in
and the previous CIS countries):
The web site www.spareworld.org include
links to the national SPARE web sites in the previous CIS countries.
On the website there are contact details to all national Coordinators.
of SPARE in English at SPAREWORLD.
The SPARE 60-page Textbook translated to English at
the SPARE website BOOK (5.5MB
pdf file) , (Published 2007-08).
In addition to this textbook, various materials have been developed:
study plans, methodological guidance
for teachers, leadership instructions for NGOs for distributing SPARE,
suggestions for including practical low-cost measures of energy-savings,
methodological and informational video films, and multimedia CDs and
Articles/presentations in English in Sustainable Energy News:
Articles in 2008-10:
Sustainable Energy News (SEN), Issue June 2010 #69, page 9.
SPARE in the 2009/2010 School Year and Forward.
Sustainable Energy News (SEN), Issue December 2010 #71, page 9.
SPARE news International Competition and News from Romania, Portgal and Bulgaria.
Sustainable Energy News (SEN), Issue December 2009 #67, page 7.
Reaching out to over 10,000 Schools in Ukraine (pdf
file 1 page 133 kB) Link
Sustainable Energy News (SEN), Issue April-May 2009 #64, page 9.
June 3-4, 2009 Conference on EECCA region, SPARE in Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia.
By Yngvild Lorentzen, et.al. SPARE. Link to SEN.
- Sustainable Energy News, Issue December 2008, #63, page 8.
Textbook, SPARE Competition 2007-08, Results of the Energy Saving Day 2008.
By Olga Senova, SPARE. Link to SEN.
Article on practical actions and school Competition in 2007:
- Sustainable Energy News, December 2007 on page 8. (330kB
- Presentation of SPARE, October 11, 2007, EfE Conference, handout
(pdf 908 kB), slides (pdf 4.2
Article on the Workshop and Competitions in 2006:
- Sustainable Energy News issue #54, September 2006 on page 6 (pdf
- Sustainable Energy News issue #53, June 2006 on page 6.(pdf
file 256 kB)
- Workshop organised together with INFORSE-Europe in St. Petersburg,
Russia. March 2006. See at Seminar
(pdf file 635 kB)
SPARE in Period 1996-2000:
- Sustainable Energy News, issue #29, 2000. (pdf