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Leadership for positive impact

The Building

The Building

The underpinning objective of ESA is to be a low environmental impact building for conducting low environmental impact business activity which results in a net positive contribution to ecology and society. ESA operations aim to achieve zero emissions and zero waste to landfill.

During the ESA construction period, action learning workshops about sustainable construction and community stakeholder involvement were the beginning of ESA's unique experiential teaching process and skills development. People from across Europe participated in workshops to learn how to manage sustainable construction projects.

This objective has been at the forefront to ESA strategy from the start of constructing the Academy.

From conception to reality

The team that built the ESA

The architects - Antonia Diamantaki and Zeta Chrysafaki

Antonia Diamantaki and Zeta Chrysafaki

Antonia Diamantaki is an Architectural Engineer at the University of Greenwich, UK. Her experience and expertise in sustainability includes studying 'Sustainability and Design' at the University of East London, 2002, which examined the principles of Sustainability and Environmental Design and the integration of environmental design with architectural and urban design.

Zeta has a Masters Degree in 'Sustainable Architecture' from the Technical University of Bologna, Italy. She has participated in practical construction workshops with natural materials at Tamera healing biotope- Monte Cerro, Portugal, using load bearing strawbale vault construction with a green roof.

Antonia and Zeta are members of the Chania based team 'Piliko', a group of likeminded people investigating the use of natural materials in construction through researching traditional and modern techniques of building with natural materials and construction methods which are friendly to the environment.



The builder - Antonis Nikoloudakis

The builder - Antonis Nikoloudakis

Antonis Nikoloudakis is based at Paleloni, Vamos Crete.


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Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happen at ESA. A perfect setting for:

Leading sustainable enterprise

Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

Make sense of sustainability

Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.

Home of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisations on earth, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Crete is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art and agriculture. You can have your own authentic experience of a sustainable lifestyle and feel first-hand the strong connection between nature and community.