Partners of the Ecological Footprint Training project

akaryon and Plattform Footprint from Austria, Eötvös University from Hungary, Vaile Lovinescu College from Romania and the Environmental Education Cener from Greece

akaryon is a research based Austrian SME founded in 1999. Since 2000 akaryon comprises of two locations, one in the rural area of Styria, one in the Austrian capital Vienna. The company has gradually grown in terms of turnover and employment and currently employs more than 10 people.
Interest for sustainability topics and the intention to increase awareness on the responsible use of resources are part of our corporate mission: We are specialized in the development of complex web applications dealing with environmental and energy related topics, thereby often fulfilling educational purposes.
Apart from capitalizing our web-based/mobile environmental informatics applications as standalone solutions, we also take part in environmentally relevant educational projects on a regular base not only introducing our know-how but also providing our solutions to project target groups (for example learners with different educational backgrounds). We often also co-ordinate these projects, as well as we also have experience in managing co-operative research projects.

Plattform Footprint is an alliance of leading environmental and social NGOs as well as academic institutions in Austria, dedicated to promoting the Ecological Footprint as a key measure for sustainability. The organization consists of 30 member organizations.
Ultimate goal is to end global overshoot and to promote a “one-planet living”, which can offer a “good life” for all global citizens within the ecological limits of the earth by fair sharing of global resources.
Applying the Ecological Footprint in education and consulting, the Plattform wants to contribute to the “great Transformation”.  The proponents of Plattform Footprint offer a competent mix of social and ecological visions, applied research, extensive networking and inspired teaching to create momentum for change.

The Eötvös University (ELTE) was founded in 1635. It is the oldest university in Hungary functioning continuously over the last 380+ years. Currently, the university has eight faculties: Education and Psychology, Humanities, Informatics, Law, Primary and Pre-School Education, Science, Social Sciences, and the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education. Eötvös Loránd University is internationally recognized and its programs are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board. The diplomas issued by Eötvös Loránd University are acknowledged worldwide, and its course credits are transferable in all countries in the European Union. Over the last hundred years, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) has had many world famous scientists and four Nobel Prize laureates among its teachers and alumni. The current number of students aged 18 – 23 enrolled yearly has reached 28.000, and there is an academic staff of 1.800 highly-qualified teachers and researchers. Our department in Szombathely(city in western Hungary, inhabited for 2000 years, its Roman name is Savaria), currently named Savaria Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Science at ELTE, has been training chemistry teachers since 1984, and teachers of environmental science since 1992. Our original institution, Berzsenyi Dániel College became part of the University of West-Hungary in 2008 and joined Eötvös University in 2017.

Vasile Lovinescu College (CLV) is a VET institution (Vocational Education and Training) situated in the North-Eastern part of Romania, Suceava region, Falticeni town. The 1784 students aged 14-19 are educated and professionally trained by 114 teachers. The College provides professional training in the following specializations:
– Food industry, natural resources and environmental protection field: technician in Ecology and environment quality, food product analysis, veterinary technician, forestry and wood exploitation, horticulture, rural tourism
– Technical field: IT systems maintenance and repairs, automations, construction and civil engineering, auto mechanical Services
– Services and Tourism field: Economical activities, Accountancy, technician in hotel industry

The Environmental Education Center (K.P.E.) Pertouliou-Trikkeon was founded in 2009 and it is a structure of the Ministry of Education. It is staffed with 5 teachers of primary and secondary education and it implements LLL and sustainable development programs for all. Our aim is to inform and sensitize teachers, parents, children, teenagers and the entire local community of our region on the problems the environment is facing and their relationship to the quality of life. Our activity includes environmental programs for students and seminars for adults on environmental issues, workshops and awareness campaigns, while emphasis is given to initiatives through targeted actions. This is achieved in cooperation with scientific institutions, governmental and nongovernmental bodies, the local community and schools of our area, as well as nationwide. From 2009 on we have educated about 9000 students aged between 7 to 17 from schools from all over Greece.