EU Green Week 2019 'Take the Initiative' – Applying environmental legislation
As an official EU Green Week Event Partner, ESA has joined up with Global Sustain from Athens to co-organize the "Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Day", on May 10, 2019 at the ANEK Lines Conference Center in Chania, Crete.
The event launches ESA's full EUGreenWeek programme and aims to inform a wide range of people about practical environmental actions in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development with a focus on the agri-food, tourism, transport and energy sectors.
The effects of climate change have been particularly evident in Crete recently. Responsible management of natural resources, infrastructure and energy has a huge and immediate impact on our lives. It is more necessary than ever to raise awareness of sustainable development, particularly in areas that strengthen the local economy and improve our quality of life.
The event is open to everyone including professionals, organizations and businesses. Representatives of the European Commission and Parliament, political leadership and local government (Ministries, Regions, Municipalities), chambers, scientific and research institutions, institutions etc. are expected to take part.
The conference is organized under the auspices of the European Commission, the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Chania and the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Sponsors and promoters: Alpha Bank, ANEK Lines, Biolea, Creta Maris, Cretan Business Woman’s Association, Dourakis Winery, Fisika, GAIA Business SA, GEP, Goldair Handling, ILT Italy Lines, Reload Greece, Salis, Youth Entrepreneurship Club.
Communication Sponsors: ANT1, CRETALIVE, epixeiro.gr
The event is FREE to attend but registration is essential. To see the program in detail and to participate: Further Details
15th April 2019
TEDxDrapanosWomen hosted at ESA
1st October 2018
GLOBAL SUSTAIN, Sustainability Forum Tour 2018, Crete 6th – 7th October.
At ESA we are delighted to be partnering with Global Sustain to create a rich and immersive sustainable enterprise learning experience for managers and directors in business.
During this peer group knowledge sharing weekend, you will visit other thriving sustainable enterprises such as Fisika and Tzompanakis Blown Glass (beautiful glass art from recycled bottles) and hear about setting up and leading innovation in sustainable enterprise.
Other organised actives include visits to Technical University of Crete and world class Mediterranean Agriculture Institute Maich followed by some appreciation and reflection time at the beautiful Chania Venetian harbour.
Of course participants will get a chance to enjoy the beautiful off grid ESA biophilia feeling and Cretan catering hospitality which is above excellent.
This will be a small group experience so book soon for this unique and wonderful sustainability weekend.
21st July 2018
EUGREENWEEK 2018 partner event ‘Bamboo Bike Ride Crete’
May 21 - 25 ‘Bamboo Bike Ride Crete' was a ESA, official EUGREENWEEK partner event organised by Sharon Jackson to promote ESA's #MakeCretePlasticFree campaign. The event was designed to involve diverse stakeholders from local government, eco- activist groups, young entrepreneurs club, the general public and to collaborate with organisations interested in creating greener living and working practices in Crete. The full 5 day event consisted of open seminars, a 4 day bamboo bike ride from Rethymnon to Falasarna and a 'Trash Art' exhibition organised by Chloe Dimitriades at Biolea. The brilliant core team of ‘bamboo bike riders' consisted of Thomas Mönch and Sharon Mechta of Biotic Bikes and Spyros Petrakis of ΔΕΔΙΣΑ ΧΑΝΙΑ with guest rides by Suzanna Scott of Charma Beer-Cretan Beer, Anargyros Koutroumpas of Cleopatra's Sponges. The start was hosted in Rethymnon by Vice Mayor Pepi Biriiraki and Rethymno Tourism, thereafter local businesses The Olive Grove - Armenoi, Piperia-Klaives Salis - Chania and Fisika in Tavronites hosted the exhibition and rest stops along the route to give a wide range of people the chance to see the bamboo bikes and engage 'hearts and minds' about reducing single use plastic in Crete. For back up support, Mr, Stelios Mylonakis from Strata Tours provided transfer services.. The event created 480 impacts with diverse people including more than 100 school children who care about reducing plastic waste in the ocean. Not surprisingly Bamboo Bike Ride Crete attracted media interest with 3 TV broadcasts and 5 news articles in Crete and Athens. ESA is already planning BBRC 2019.
10th June 2018
Bamboo Bicycle Ride Crete on NEA TV
ESA bamboo bikes on NEA TV
ESA bamboo bikes at biolea on NEA TV
Kostas Nitos from NEA TV covering ESA bamboo bikes
2nd June 2018
Bamboo Bicycle Ride Crete - day by day
31st May 2018
Bamboo Bicycle Ride Crete for a Green Future
ESA is an official event partner for EU Green Week - Green Cities for a Greener Future. In collaboration with Biotic Bikes, Biolea and local municipalities of Crete, ESA is hosting a fun, educational event and the FIRST EVER Bamboo bike ride East to West of Crete.
5th May 2018
Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise (WISE) just went GLOBAL!
Originally focussed on Women in Social Enterprise, WISE was founded between 2013 and 2015 as an EU, Lifelong Learning Programme, pilot project for 60 women in Greece, Spain and Croatia. Since the close of that pilot programme, at ESA we have been testing the interest in WISE around the world and found that although there are many start- up support programmes, there is a need for more skills development about the fundamentals of a profitable sustainable business and maintaining a sense of ‘sustainable self’. WISE Global is updated and enhanced from the original pilot and blended with elements from the Growth through Sustainability (GTS) programme designed at Cranfield School of Management and from The Gateway (confidence building) programme designed for Cambridge University (Murray Edwards College). This new programme ticks all the boxes for what women in enterprise told us they need and want from a business skills development programme. WISE Global is a rigorously researched and designed, blended learning programme, which means 90% of the learning experience is online with the support of a virtual teacher, online mentors and a rich, diverse, global peer group for knowledge sharing and support. WISE is a programme ‘beyond start up’ that guides participants to be investor ready for the next phase of their business. Continued 1:1 business growth coaching and lifetime membership of the thriving global WISE community supports participants after the formal learning modules are finished.
Join our WISE Global Community at FB Women Innovators in Sustainable Enterprise
8th March 2018
Bamboo Bicycle 'build and ride Crete' for a Green Future
Between 17th and 25th May 2018, as part of EU Green Week, Green Cities for a Greener Future, in collaboration with the Bamboo Bicycle Club in London, ESA is hosting a fun, educational event and the FIRST EVER bamboo bike ride East to West of Crete. Riding over 302km, between Sitia to Kissamos, to encourage people to be part of creating change and #MakeCretePlasticFree #EUGreenWeek.
We are looking for Bamboo Bike Builders, Bamboo Bike Riders and Event Organisers to be part of the 'build and ride' team to build 4 BAMBOO BIKES at the beautiful ESA, off- grid, natural materials eco-building, in the Natura 2000 location of Drapanos, Apokoronas.
Would you like to sponsor a unique, one off, made to your specifications, personalised branded 'Made in Crete' Bamboo bike?
These Bamboo Bicycle bikes are NOT FOR SALE! You have to build them and enjoy the lasting pleasure of design and creation.
James and Ian, co-founders of Bamboo Bicycle Club: Bike riding engineers, who after their own enthusiastic experiments in building bamboo bikes, decided to create a bicycling community with others who are interested in building their own beautiful, robust and environmentally friendlier bamboo bicycle frames.
4th March 2018
1st January 2018