An online educational project designed to introduce a culture of waste sorting in schools and communities and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle.


We have been living in environmental debt since 1970, which means that people are using more of the Earth's resources than they can renew in a year. This year in Ukraine the day of ecological debt came on July 24. That is, if the whole world left such an ecological mark as the Ukrainians, two such planets would be needed to survive. The issue is we only have one planet, we need to act now.

The mission 

The mission of the project is to promote the development of local communities in small towns and villages through non-formal education and teach them to implement their projects, to form an ecological culture of communities through a project approach, to spread a culture of waste sorting and ecological use of resources.


During the project, participants will:

- learn about waste sorting, 5R principles, and eco-friendly lifestyle;

- make a plan for the implementation of their project;

- learn to interact within local communities, negotiate, master ways to solve difficult situations that may arise during the project, and methods of effective communication;

- learn to anticipate risks and communicate with stakeholders and the media;

- learn how to attract funding for community development;

- get acquainted with well-known public activists who will tell you how to overcome obstacles that will come your way;

- meet with opinion leaders in the field of ecology, who will share their professional experience.

Who can participate?

Pupils and teachers who strive to develop their community and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle.


In 2021, the project will be held in digital format. Information on the terms of the project and the conditions of participation will appear later.

Project achievements

3 years of implementing the project

225 schools became participants in the project

1175 teenagers, teachers, and principals took part in Zero Waste School

Participants implemented 208 local projects in their communities

88,828 people joined the local eco-initiatives implemented by the participants

As part of the project, the Klitschko Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation have created an online Ecoacademy course.


Severin, a student, a participant in the project in 2020: “I initiated the application for this project from the institution where I study. At school, my idea was supported, and now the team of the Classical Gymnasium at Ivan Franko Lviv National University became a participant of Zero Waste School in an online format. I was skeptical about the remote format at first, but as a result, I am very happy, because I learned a lot of useful things from the project. The lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals was especially memorable. The participants also really enjoyed the lecture on fundraising. During the two months of training, we planned our local eco-initiatives and implemented them in the fall. After participating in the Zero Waste School project, I set out to implement my economy to implement a global eco-project that would help teach people not to litter, but to handle waste properly".

Olga Demchenko, teacher, project participant in 2019, project trainer in 2020: “We were motivated to apply for the project by the desire to learn how to move from the birth of an idea to its implementation. At the same time, I had a secret dream to find money on a TV to show children presentations and videos. Full of ambition and extraordinary desire, we gathered a team, recorded a video, and submitted a questionnaire. A week later we received a message that we were chosen to participate in the project. The joy was boundless! Thanks to such projects, we have formed a conclusion that we want to share: knock and you will open, make changes and they will turn into a result in plain sight. It all starts with a small first step".

Wanda Ivasyuk, director, participant of the project in 2019: “On the project, we proved first of all to ourselves that we are a part of Europe. It is gratifying that our participation has given a boost to the whole city: people have started to litter less, given our educational work. City Hall has placed containers around the city. Of course, there is room to grow. After all, a responsible attitude to the environment is a long-term systematic work, not a formal appeal to the next toloka. We make our contribution to the preservation of nature by our example".

Veronica, participant of the online course Ecoacademy: “Through the course, I learned about the intricacies of waste sorting, which I had not guessed before. Knowledge, of course, I apply in practice! Because my school has sorting bins, I sort and spread the culture of sorting waste among others. For example, not so long ago I explained to 5th graders the most basic sorting rules. As soon as the Eco-Academy appeared, I immediately advised my close friends, because some are preparing to move abroad, and their knowledge about waste sorting is not that relevant, but extremely necessary. I believe that next year the community of those who care about the environment will increase, and the Eco-Academy will only contribute to this!”



If you have any questions, please contact the Zero Waste School project manager Vasily Teremta by e-mail [email protected] or write to our social networks on Instagram (@klitschkofoundation) and Facebook (



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