GreenStore V4 – Green Store Program in the Visegrad Countries

GreenStoreV4 project funded by IVFPromoting Sustainable Lifestyles and Furthering Competitiveness
Through Eco-standards

The GreenStore V4 Project is funded by the International Visegrad Fund.

Aim of the GreenStore V4 project

The aim of the project is to promote sustainable lifestyles and further the competitiveness of the V4 countries by integrating sustainability into retail and hospitality practices with eco-standards. The existing Hungarian and Polish green-store standards will be harmonized and further developed with monitoring and communication methods. The green-store concept will be promoted by pilot projects in all Visegrad countries, with the vision of having a common green-store standard for the V4.

Green-store standard is available for stores, cafés, hotels and means commitment to the continuous improvement of environmental performance. Green-stores reduce energy-(heating, cooling, lighting) and water use, implement green procurement, sell green (ecolabelled) products, have selective waste collecting methods. The stores and their employees get eco-training, and consultancy by the implementation of measures. They are distinguished by the use of green- store certificate so they communicate their responsibility and raise awareness among all their stakeholders (suppliers, shoppers etc) This has many advantages: with energy management tools relevant cost savings can be achieved. With cooperation between suppliers the local economies can be developed. Green means competitive edge: by responsible communication sustainable lifestyles and solutions are promoted. The concept helps competitiveness of the stores by engaging the ever growing green consumer segment and the competitiveness of the Visegrad region by exemplary project of greening the economy.

Expected results, outputs of the GreenStore V4 project

  • Green-store guideline
  • Brochures promoting green-store concept
  • Compatible green store certification schemes ( in Poland and Hungary)
  • At least 4 pilot green-stores in the V4 countries

 

Events

  • 1st workshop in Krakow (02.2015)
  • 2nd workshop in Budapest (09.2015)
  • Closing conference in Budapest (09.2015)

 

Partners

SURVIVE ENVIRO Environmental Management Consulting Nonprofit Ltd – Hungary (lead partner)

sSURVIVE ENVIRO Environmental Management Consulting Nonprofit Ltd.’s long term, strategic goal is to raise awareness about sustainable consumption and to provide trainings and solutions in the field of environmental management. Environmental protection nowadays is becoming more and more important in the business- and in the public sector as well. Part of CSR activities or energy management solutions environmental protection, sustainable consumption should always be a priority. In order to help achieve this, we provide complex environmental management consultancy to our partners from the description of methods, trainings, to implementation. Our area of operation covers both small scale projects and large-scale investments. Our commitment is to give our knowledge to companies and to public sector institutions as well in order to contribute to improving the environmental state of Hungary.

Our goal is to provide credible information and complex solutions about environmental and sustainability issues to private companies and public institutions alike, and help our partners on their way to a greener future.

We developed the Green Store Program ( Zöldüzlet Program) in Hungary, which is running successfully since 2013.

Website: www.survive.hu/en

Website of the Hungarian Green Store Program: www.zolduzlet.hu

Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation- Fundacja Partnerstwo dla Środowiska – Poland

fpd_cmyk_angThe Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation (PEPF) is a non-profit organization operating in Poland since 1991. The mission of the PEPF is to support practical action for sustainable development through partnerships, civil society development, proposing new solutions, as well as promoting tried and tested environmental projects and initiatives. Partnership is not just the philosophy that underlies the work of the PEPF, it is also the principal approach or method for designing and delivering programs, which include: schools for sustainable development, clean business, greenways and an environmental information center. The PEPF nurtures and scales-up community-based initiatives and projects so that they have greater and more lasting impact by mobilizing and bringing together resources, know-how, expertise and organizational capability from civil society, business and the public sector. Three principles of transparency, equity and mutual benefit guide PEPF partnership work.

website: www.fpds.pl

 

CI2, o.p.s. –  Czech Republic

CI2_logoCI2, o.p.s. is a non-profit organization focused on sustainable development, education, publishing, and science and research. Its aim is to promote sustainable development in cooperation with public authorities, private sector, educational institutions and the public.

We mainly focus on the following areas:

  • monitoring of sustainability indicators
  • determining the carbon and ecological footprint
  • environmental reporting

The goal of CI2, o.p.s. is to promote sustainable development in cooperation with public authorities, private sector, educational institutions and the public.

Website: http://ci2.co.cz/

Link of GreenStore V4 project: http://ci2.co.cz/cs/greenstore-v4

 

Center of Environmental Activities – Centrum Environmentalnych Aktivít Trencin –  Slovakia

cealogoThe Center of Environmental Activities (CEA) is a civic association founded in 1994 that gathers people with an interest in nature conservation and sustainable life. Four main programs/fields of activities of CEA include: Environmental Education (nationwide, www.spirala.sk), Organic Farming and Green Consumers (nationwide, www.biospotrebitel.sk)Local Sustainability and Quality of Life (www.trencin21.sk ), and Young Reporters for the Environment (nationwide coordination of a certified educational program of Foundation for Environmental Education, www.mladireporteri.sk ).

We believe that each of us can change the world here and now by responsible consumer choices. That´s why we are happy to be a part of green shop certification project that will help consumers identify environmentally responsible shops, and promote sustainable consumption patterns in Slovakia and other V4 countries.

Website: http://www.cea.sk/