"Our mission is to assist in the reformation of Ukraine consistent with European standards, as well as to introduce democratic values and develop civil society in Ukraine."

From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

EcoSumy: Civic Environmental Education Program

Project Goal: To convert teachers into environmental activists so that they can educate their students/pupils and assist them in creating community environmental projects, which will set in motion a grass roots movement for civic environmental concern in Sumy and Sumy region.

Project Description: EcoSumy is a focused public awareness, educational campaign; a campaign of joint cooperation, civic pride, and civic education; a community-based program promoting a clean Sumy.

  • Youth are the future; we can train them to maintain the status quo, or train them to make a difference. This project begins in the schools, choosing to train making a difference. We will train teachers, and then support them as they educate their students/pupils and create with them community environmental awareness projects. Community projects will begin the general public civic education process. It’s a win-win solution.
  • Focused teaching of project design and management will create projects that are long-lasting, self-replicating and provide self-spreading environmental awareness.
  • Focusing on public outreach, this project will help the city and citizens of Sumy visualize the ultimate goal, a clean city. It will help them realize this goal, and will help them to understand that they are directly responsible for achieving the goal.

Project Activities and Results:

  • 26 teachers from Sumy and Sumy regional schools attended a 2.5 day ecological training and were provided with up to date Euro value lesson plans, teaching materials, and project design and management techniques;
  • Teachers from 8 schools completed 9 environmental trainings in their schools on topics including: "Leave No Trace," "Recycle, Reduce, Reuse," environmental stewardship, impact of litter on everyday lives and student/pupil advocacy techniques;
  • Teachers from 8 schools received funding to design and complete 9 community environmental awareness projects with their pupils;
  • To receive funding for their projects, each teacher was required to complete a project application, including project description, action plan, schedule, and budget. Upon completion teachers were required to submit a project completion report. The process required of the teachers was similar to the SPA grant application process;
  • Posters, booklets and a project manual were created and printed with environmental messages from the school projects. They were distributed to city schools and to the community.

Project duration: February to October 2009


  • Sumy Regional Department of Education;
  • Sumy Teacher’s Postgraduate Institute;
  • State Eco Inspection in Sumy Region;
  • Sumy Regional Green Party of Ukraine;
  • Sumykomontrans.

Project funding: EcoSumy is funded through a SPA grant with the United States Peace Corps.