Naturally Sustainable

Project “Naturally sustainable: integration of sustainability impacts into teaching, learning and student and personnel engagement systems in vocational education and training institutions”

Project acronym: Naturally Sustainable

European Programme Erasmus+ 2014 -2020 Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and exchange of best practices Strategic partnership project

Project Reference: 2021-1-LV01-KA220-VET-000025436

Partner countries: France, Germany, Latvia, Ireland, Belgium, Italy and Finland.

RISEBA role: leading partner

Funding: EUR 352 000

Length: 01.11.2021. – 30.10.2024. (3 years)

Project goal is to create platform for those interested in education and gamification of training, learning and engagement in Sustainability Action. Platform provides the whole world of games, simulations, events, workshop series, books, movies, cases and mobile application to use in systemized and structured way.

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Naturally Sustainable

Project leader: Nellija Titova, +37126427742, [email protected]

On July 5, 2023 RISEBA University of Applied Sciences hosted a transnational meeting in Riga as part of the Naturally Sustainable project. Together with partner teams from 7 European countries, RISEBA implements Naturally Sustainable project.

The Naturally Sustainable project aims to carry out research and reporting of good practices in the sustainability field in European (PIA) schools, to develop guidelines on innovative learning methods, activities for the systematic involvement of staff and students, and to create a platform for sharing experience and contributing overall to environmental and climate change measures within and outside the EU.

Educational institutions are undeniably considered to be one of the most influential elements in the implementation of sustainability and sustainable development concepts in society, and their decisions have an impact on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of communities and their regions.

Project goal is:

  • Empowering and motivating people through new training and engagement opportunities on sustainability.
  • To provide innovative solutions, teaching methods, research and practice for the target groups, staff, teachers and learners of vocational and adult education;
  • Highlight and expand knowledge on good practices, activities and key actors on sustainability issues in European educational institutions;

The operational objectives of the project are:

  • Drawing up a comparative study on activities related to these sustainability issues in each country/region;
  • Set up a set of seminars presenting different approaches and activities on sustainability training and involvement in each country;
  • To raise awareness of sustainability issues, develop a guide for the training and engagement of young people, including recommendations and best practices;
  • Establishing an online learning platform with online learning resources;
  • Provide training opportunities for (PIA) staff and learners.

Project target audiance is:

PIA schools, adult education workers and students; organisations active in the field of sustainability projects; organisations active in the field of youth education and training; social affairs representatives in local, regional and national institutions; and policy makers; final beneficiaries.


Helsinki, Finland – In a collaborative effort to promote sustainability and innovation, Naturally Sustainable project partners recently convened a hybrid staff training meeting in the picturesque city of Helsinki, Finland. The event, graciously hosted by our esteemed Finnish partner, marked a significant milestone in the development of Naturally Sustainable tools by the dedicated team.

Objectives and Focus Areas

The comprehensive meeting agenda covered various aspects essential for the successful implementation of the Naturally Sustainable project. Attendees delved into critical topics to enhance their skills and understanding, including:

  1. Project Management: Strategizing and refining the overall project approach for maximum efficiency.
  2. Administrative Procedures: Streamlining administrative processes to ensure seamless workflow.
  3. Financial Management: Discussing financial aspects to optimize resource allocation and project sustainability.
  4. Project Timetable: Establishing a well-defined project timetable for efficient task execution.
  5. Project Materials: Evaluating and selecting materials with a focus on sustainability and environmental impact.
  6. Partner Responsibilities & Work Done: Clarifying roles, responsibilities, and progress updates from each collaborating partner.
  7. Risk Management: Identifying and mitigating potential risks to ensure project success.
  8. Quality Management Evaluation (QMEP): Presenting and reaching an agreement on the quality management framework.
  9. Dissemination Strategies: Discussing and agreeing upon methods to disseminate project outcomes effectively.
  10. Website & Communication Tools – Social Media: Finalizing strategies for utilizing online platforms to enhance project visibility.
  11. Naturally Sustainable Outputs (1-4):
    • Partners’ Reports on Progress
    • Planning for the Third Year of the Project
  12. Dates for Transnational Meetings: Securing agreement on the schedule for future collaborative sessions.
  13. Work Objectives & Deadlines: Establishing clear work objectives and deadlines for tasks preceding the next meeting.

Expressing Gratitude

RISEBA University of Applied Sciences extends heartfelt gratitude to our Finnish partners for their warm hospitality and for facilitating a conducive environment for meaningful discussions and collaborations.

The success of the training meeting sets the stage for continued progress in developing Naturally Sustainable tools. As the team aligns its efforts towards a greener and more sustainable future, the outcomes of this meeting promise a positive impact on both local and global scales.


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