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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Belarus 2019

Submitted by: Alesia Smiakhovich
Green University

The Green University is an initiative of the students of the Belarusian State University aimed at raising environmental awareness among the youth and encouraging their eco-friendly behavior. The project is implemented through the organization of events at the university faculties and halls of residence. Such events include organizing the separate collection of paper, and encouraging student groups to participate in site cleanups

Initial situation
In recent years, the amount of household waste has experienced an overall increase worldwide, with Belarus following the same trend. Meanwhile, only about 15% of the waste produced in Belarus is recycled, whereas most of the waste is landfilled. This poses a significant threat to the environment, and thus to human health. However, after the ratification of the Paris agreement of 2015, the ecological movement in Belarus has been developing intensively.

The Green University is a student project, which is being carried out in the Belarusian State University. There are about 30 thousand students studying in this university. They are future employees and entrepreneurs who represent great potential for the country´s development and who will shape its future. Consequently, it is important to help them form a conscious and responsible attitude to the surrounding world. Moreover, student ecological projects boost other ecological initiatives in the city and in the country.

The main focus of the project’s activity is to spread information about the environment-friendly way of life among students, as well as the involvement of students in environment-friendly activities. This is accomplished through the public pages in social networks and the project’s website as well as through on-site activities. The project has raised public concern towards the ecological education of university students and towards the strengthening of sustainable policy.

Capital: Minsk
Official language: Bearusian, Russian
Total area: 207.595 km²
Population: 9.503.807
GDP/Capita/Year: $5.800
Source: Wikipedia 2012