Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The climate challenges (i.e. storm water management, CO2 binding to name a few) are piling up at an alarming speed and a concerted action is required now. Surface water solutions, sustainable green area maintenance, urban forestry, dust binding, the list of current challenges can be made long. The Nordic cooperation has a long tradition and the channels and measures are well functioning. This project has gathered all the professional associations in the Nordic countries and selected learning providers with ample experience in textbook writing, and designing curriculum and courses. The results (EQF learning outcomes, generic curriculum and a „green“ textbook) will be developed and transferred to partners in Sweden and Norway. It is urgent to start changing the current VET curricula and teaching in Landscape Construction (LC) to obtain holistic and sustainable urban environment. The results could serve as a model for more trades than just the LC trade.
• To revise and transfer knowledge acquired on EQF based LC (Landscape Construction) Curriculum template to all interested Nordic and European countries.
• To develop further environmental sustainable solutions in LC VET targeted towards current challenges in climate change.
• To develop a short textbook aimed for LC VET.
Recent climate changes pose serious challenges to landscape design and landscape construction throughout Europe, and rest of the world, for that matter. Any efforts to reduce CO2 emission and increase CO2 binding in man-made landscape are extremely important. Theoretical calculations are abundant but practical solutions, how to implement environmental sound measures, are scarce. LC professionals in Europe do have a range of solutions but need to develop their knowledge bank through increased cooperation. A template for step-by-step curriculum in LC will be produced on the basis of the European Qualification Framework (EQF). The curriculum will be based on Learning Outcomes, i.e. what should the student know and be able to do after completed study. This template, revised, will establish a framework of required skills throughout the Nordic countries, enabling easier transfer of knowledge through exchange programs. The modular approach is very suitable to Valorization of Work procedures and gradual VET acquisition for general workers in the industry.
Description The EQF based curricula will establish a framework of required skills throughout the Nordic countries, enabling easier transfer of knowledge through exchange programs. An integral part of this curriculum template work is improved collection of best-practice teaching materials, especially practical exercises, in a designated web-based database, available to all VET providers. Not only is this collection valuable in today‘s classes but increased focus on green solutions will demand a greater cooperation in collecting best practices. The current project aims to address further the growing need for practical hands-on green solutions in European urban environment. The Scandinavian professional landscape contractors have lead the way to green solutions in many aspects. Technical competive advantage solutions include green roofs (f.ex. in Copenhagen DK) and Green Walls in Sweden. This proposal aims to collect this knowledge and implement it in a curricula, database and a textbook. The participants are the green industry itself, the professional associations of Landscape Contractors in five European countries, known for harsh environmental conditions but also a forward thinking in green solutions. To ensure implementation several learning providers (schools) participate supplying their hands-on experience in successful pedagogical solutions.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
- website www.nordgreen.eu
- Common EQF Learning Outcomes
- Generic curriculum in landscape construction
- Green textbook on sustainability in urban landscape