Under the slogan “I’m a New Man for Earth” Veolia organized in 2013 the 5th edition of the Biodiversity Club, an annual event dedicated to biodiversity and environmental protection in the Danube Delta. The event was attended by over 300 guests from 16 countries (Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, the Republic of Moldova, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia and Romania).
Over the course of five years, Veolia has developed environmental and specific local habitat protection programs such as: restocking with sturgeon and preserving the Dalmatian pelican species.
1,000 Sevruga Sturgeon fingerlings were released in the Danube River waters for restocking purposes as one of the most important and emotional events of the four days of actions promoting environmental and ecosystem protection.
Raising public awareness of environmental issues
The public awareness actions of 2013 were related to the environment and the promotion of projects aimed at protecting the historical, cultural and religious heritage and at protecting the environment and supporting culture.
2013 World Water Day – Open Days at Glina WWTP
Veolia invited high school and college students of Bucharest to visit the Glina Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The Glina WWTP, the largest nationwide environmental project, opened its gates on the Water Day to high school and college students interested in a career in sanitary engineering, environmental protection, or water and sewerage services.
The event was organized in partnership with the Energy Technical High School, the Ecological University, the Bucharest Technical University of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Geography.
Over 100 high school and college students visited the Plant in order to learn more about the treatment process on site, and about the importance of such a plant for the city and the environment.
The benefits of the Glina Plant consist of provigind environmental protection and reducing public health hazards by eliminating pollutants such as nitrogen, toxic substances and microorganisms which can cause diseases like typhoid fever, dysentery and hepatitis.
Another Kind of School – the first edition, the week of Open Days at the Roşu Plant
In 2013 middle school and high school students were invited to the Roşu Plant to learn about the water circuit.
The Roşu Plant was open for one week to the students who were invited to take a tour of the plant and learn about water treatment. They understood the importance of the water and also the processes required to produce the supplied drinking water.
Each day the Roşu Plant was visited by over 50 students.
The “Know More, Be Better!” National Program of the Ministry of Education
Developed nationwide from April 1 to April 5, 2013, the “Know More, Be Better!” Program targeting elementary, middle and high school students was a week dedicated to activities outside classrooms. Veolia opened its gates and hosted the students of Alexandru Ioan Cuza National High School of Ploieşti at two of its drinking water production plants, namely Crângul lui Bot (the first water production plant, holding a particular importance in the history of Ploieşti) and the 23 August plant (a entirely modernized plant that also hosts the control center of the city’s drinking water supply).
The ECOTOUR Caravan
In 2013 Veolia, in partnership with the REPORTER European Press Group through the Infomediu Europa magazine, launched the “EcoAttitude = Responsibility, Information, Action” Educational and Social Campaign, which offered the young generation the possibility of getting directly involved in the specific issues related to environmental protection and in the development of local communities through education.
For over two months the “EcoAttitude” campaign tried to offer a complete view of the “environmental concept” and the importance of selective waste collection (paper-cardboard, plastic, PET, aluminum, glass). This campaign was attended by pre-school, elementary and middle school students from Bucharest and Ploieşti municipalities and the Counties of Ilfov, Vrancea, Buzău, Prahova, Dâmboviţa, Argeş, Gorj, Hunedoara and Timiş together with teaching staff and all the partners involved in the project.