Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the city of Joensuu and the ENO online school will plant trees in an event on Wednesday 24 May 2023 from 9 to 11 am. The venue is the scenic hills of the southern part of Sahaniitynpuisto in Penttilä. It is easy to get there by foot, bicycle or public transport.
In Karelia, in the development work of the sustainable development and responsibility program a commitment has been made to plant trees and make a handprint effect to promote biodiversity. The higher education community of Karelia has played an important role in the development of the program which was published at March 2023. Karelia invites its students to plant seedlings at the event. The staff will be represented by principal Petri Raivo, head of education Sanna Kasurinen and the sustainable development and responsibility group.
– Karelia builds a more sustainable society through education and research, development and innovation (RDI). Responsibility is one of our values, and as an employer and higher education community, we act responsibly and promote sustainable development, says President Petri Raivo.
– We are training the experts of the future to become forestry engineers, and our renewed curricula give them the knowledge and skills of sustainable development, adds education manager Sanna Kasurinen.
The event is the forest capital event of the city of Joensuu and part of the activities of the international ENO schoolnet (ENO Schoolnet ry).
– Joensuu is the forest capital of Europe. Bioforestry is one of our top industries, there is top-level expertise in digital forestry here, and we are also a large forest owner in the municipal field. The forest is present in everyone’s everyday life and it is great to have more trees near the river for the joy of the city’s residents, says Sami Laakkonen, strategy director of the city of Joensuu.
The ENO online school is an international network of sustainable development schools in North Karelia that helps schools implement environmental education into everyday school work. The standard themes of ENO’s activities are nature, circular economy, culture and global education. The most famous environmental act of the ENO online school is planting trees, which has been done in schools for 20 years. Nepenmäki school is one of ENO’s sponsored schools, where activities have been carried out through both elementary and middle school sponsored classes. In this event, we are assisted by Nepenmäki 2B graders led by class teacher Henna Kinnunen.