The digital platform, which is the central tool of the Green Penguin project, was developed with the aim of supporting the achievement of carbon neutrality through education and citizen participation. The main purpose of the application itself is to raise awareness among children and their parents about environmental protection, understanding carbon footprint and climate change. Green Penguin encourages children on the web and mobile platform to establish everyday habits that will help reduce their carbon footprint both individually and at school level.

“Green Penguin has been an extremely successful project,” said Manja Zorka, Deputy Mayor of the City of Kranj. “We have shown that with joint efforts and dedication, we can achieve significant changes towards sustainable development.”

As part of the project, students were actively involved in various activities and gained valuable knowledge about the importance of resource conservation. The pilot schools have made great efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, which was mainly reflected in the reduced amount of food waste. The project partners also participated in various events, such as Digitrajni Učitelj, Enlit, E-World, the Olympic Festival, Altermed conferences and others. They also carried out a study visit to Norway and Slovenia, where they presented the platform and the application to the general public in order to reach a wider audience and raise awareness of the importance of a sustainable lifestyle.

The highlight of the event was the awarding of the three schools that have done the most to reduce their carbon footprint. First place went to Predoslje Primary School, second place to Stane Žagar Primary School and third place to Kristiansand International School. Representatives from the winning schools shared their experiences and inspiring stories about successful sustainable practices they have implemented in their schools. The Green Penguin platform went beyond simply providing information about sustainability. It offered practical tools, such as the Green Penguin app, that empowered students to take action in their own lives. Teachers expressed excitement about continuing to use these resources with their students, encouraging a generation that is more aware of their environmental impact.

Even though the project has formally come to an end, the knowledge and experience gained will remain a valuable basis for future work. The project partners have expressed their determination to use the momentum created in new projects and to continue to raise awareness of the importance of a sustainable lifestyle.

The Green Penguin project is an important contribution to raising awareness of the importance of environmental protection and a sustainable lifestyle. The platform and application will continue to be accessible to the general public and serve as a tool for learning and promoting sustainable habits.

Today, the Green Penguin project is being implemented by a consortium of organizations, namely: Iskraemeco, d.d.the City of Kranjthe City of Ljubljanathe Association DOVES-FEE Slovenia and FEE Norway who are implementing the international Eco-Schools programme. The project is co-financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development. The Norwegian Financial Mechanism stands for Norway’s contribution to a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.