Environmental issues have raised increasing concern in recent years, and since the creation, in 1948, of the Liga para a Proteção da Natureza (LPN – Nature Protection League), the oldest environmental protection non-governmental organization in the Iberian Peninsula, many other initiatives have followed. The year 2015 became an international reference as the year when the United Nations defined the 2030 Agenda, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Similarly, the ESEnfC has not remained indifferent to this global issue and signed the “Commitment of Higher Education Institutions to Sustainable Development.” Moreover, it has included programs specifically regarding this issue in its Strategic Plan 2020-2024, namely in Axis 1 - Education and Training (P5- Dissemination and intervention focused on sustainable development goals) and Axis 4 - Direction, Management and Sustainable Development (P28- Program for environmental and energy management).

In keeping with this strategic guideline, during the 2019-2020 academic year, the ESEnfC joined the Eco-Schools Programme. This is an international programme operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and implemented in Portugal, in 1996, by the European Blue Flag Association (ABAE). The Eco-Schools Programme aims to encourage and recognize actions in the field of environmental education for sustainability.

Aware of the importance of addressing environment-related issues and the connection between the environment and people’s health, we aim to engage the entire school community and partner entities in actions regarding climate changes, the protection of ecosystems, and the preservation of biodiversity and sustainability.