CLC member organizations encourage schools to mark Zero Emissions Day

Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC), Economic Information Office TAT, the Finnish National Agency for Education and Myrskyvaroitus-Storm Warning are once again inviting all schools in Finland to take part in the Zero Emissions Day events organized during week 38. 

“The climate-friendly choices made by ordinary people have a crucial impact on curbing climate change, and we want to encourage people to have new ideas and to share their inspirational stories of positive climate action,” says Zero Emissions Day coordinator Sari Siitonen

There is a competition, “We do things coolest”, aimed at schools with the objective of finding new solutions for halving your carbon footprint. This year, school classes can participate by producing a vlog, animation, play or other videoed performance and uploading it on YouTube. Competition entries can be submitted until late Wednesday, September 11, 2019. More information on the competition and competition rules can be found on the Finnish National Agency for Education website.

The best entries will be awarded at the Zero Emissions Day event at Otaniemi upper secondary school in Espoo on Saturday, September 11. CLC member companies will reward the winning school classes with the following excursions, including bus transfers:

Pre-schools and primary schools, 1st prize:

Finnair will organize an excursion to the Finnair Kitchen at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Finnair aims to half the amount of plastic and food waste its catering service produces by the end of 2022. This will also have a positive impact on climate.

Lower secondary schools, 1st prize:

An excursion organized by the University of Turku to its Botanical Garden in Ruissalo, which is part of the university’s Biodiversity Unit. The winning team will be treated to a tour of the site with plenty to learn about climate change and especially about its impact on the Earth’s biodiversity. 

Upper secondary schools (vocational and academic), 1st prize:

An excursion organized by KONE to its Hyvinkää production plant. Students are taken on a tour around the elevator production plant and to the visitor center, which has been granted LEED Gold certification. Students will learn about sustainability and the solutions KONE has implemented. The plant in Hyvinkää is a highly energy-efficient “flagship facility” with an ISO 14001 environmental certificate. This is where the most demanding and customized solutions are manufactured for the global elevator market.

The competition entry in any category that receives the most likes on the Facebook page:

Surprise award by VR. VR works continuously to preserve the Finnish nature and to slow down the climate change. 95 % of VR:s trains run on environmentally friendly electric energy. Improving energy-efficiency and becoming more environmentally friendly is central in all VR’s operations. 

During the schools’ Zero Emissions Day event, St1 will offer students and everyone else an opportunity to visit the Deep Heat geothermal project in Otaniemi. Fortum directs the heat produced by this plant into the Espoo district heating network. During the visit, Fortum will demonstrate how Espoo’s district heating will become carbon neutral during 2020s.

Numerous other CLC member organizations will carry out their own Zero Emissions Day campaigns during week 38. Take a closer look at the campaigns here.

For more information on Zero Emissions Day, please contact: Sari Siitonen, sari.siitonen(at)clonet.fi.

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