About us – Ecoclub Rivne is an environmental NGO

About organization

Ecoclub is non-governmental organization in Rivne that has been working for over 20 years to preserve the environment. More than 10 of them are in the field of energy saving, because energy has the most detrimental effect on the environment. We believe that nature is a value in itself, regardless of its practical benefits to man.

Our mission

To create a safe environment by influencing policies and strengthening communities.

Vision of Ecoclub

We believe that the unspoiled environment and wildlife are values ​​in themselves. Sustainable development of society will ensure the harmonious development of mankind without harming nature.

We inspire people by 1) disseminating knowledge about the importance of environmental protection; 2) mobilization to participate in the formation and implementation of energy and environmental policy; 3) solidarity and cooperation will allow to take into account the value of the environment at all levels of human existence.

We believe that increasing energy efficiency and the spread of renewable energy sources are vital measures to prevent further environmental degradation, including climate change. Such measures are a priority for the development of Ukraine.

Our values

We work for a secure future with sustainable energy.

We profess non-violence and tolerance and respect different views.

We maintain our independence from political parties and business interests.

We are aware of the impact of our actions on the environment and are working to reduce the negative consequences of such impacts.

Our strategic priorities

  • involvement of people in the formation and implementation of energy policy;
  • progressive policy decisions in the energy sector at the local and national levels;
  • available energy sources that do not harm the environment and climate;
  • taking into account the opinion of communities on the decision to build industrial facilities;
  • an effective procedure for environmental impact assessment in Ukraine, which makes it impossible to build industrial facilities that may pose a threat to people and the environment.

Our projects are aimed at:

  • improving the energy efficiency of public institutions and private houses;
  • improving local and national energy and climate policy;
  • development of other public organizations and initiatives;
  • development of renewable energy sources (in particular, solar);
  • reducing human impact on the climate;
  • reducing the impact of industry on the environment and communities;
  • monitoring of the environmental impact assessment system in Ukraine.

What are we doing today?

  • promote our ideas in the media;
  • we work with civil servants;
  • join the legislative activity;
  • we take part in international negotiations, conferences, workshops;
  • talk about green technologies;
  • we teach to build solar collectors, to insulate apartments;
  • we hold street actions, trainings, lectures, summer camps;
  • promote public monitoring of clean air;
  • we appeal in courts against decisions that allow the work of environmental polluters;
  • study the approaches of other countries to environmental impact assessment;
  • we work together with other public organizations!

Ecoclub team includes: executive director, 4 project coordinators, event manager, assistant, press officer, communication manager, accountant, analyst. Ecoclub has 53 members.

For the last 6 years, representatives of Ecoclub have been leading the Ukrainian Climate Network. From 2019, we will lead the coalition of public organizations "Energy Transition".

The main financial support of the Ecoclub is cooperation with the International Renaissance Foundation, the Foundation named after Heinrich Böll, Kyiv-Ukraine Bureau, the European Union, the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine.

Team

Andriy Martynyuk

Andriy Martynyuk

Executive Director

Executive director of the NGO Ecoclub. He has a degree in environmental engineering, so he taught at the local university in the past, and has been working at Ecoclub since 2003. Sphere of interests — cutting-edge environment solutions for national and local authorities on energy and climate policy.

“I was born and raised in a small village in Dorogobuzh. Apparently, my belief that humankind and nature can live in harmony comes from there. More precisely, people are a part of nature and should realize this and act accordingly.I have managed dozens of Ecoclub’s projects in this area.

Olga Lyashchuk

Olga Lyashchuk

Project Coordinator

Olha Lyashchuk is a project coordinator at Ecoclub. She joined Ecoclub more than 15 years ago during her study at the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering. Last few years Olha had specialized in the vulnerability assessment of communities to climate change and climate adaptation measures.

Currently, Olga is working with the local authorities to develop the relevant sections of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans. She is also leading the institutional development of Ecoclub.

“My son and my daughter are my main inspiration, I like to travel with them and read books to them. I would love to make the world better for my kids.»

Dmytro Sakalyuk

Dmytro Sakalyuk

Expert on energy efficiency

Dmytro Sakaliuk is an energy efficiency and renewable energy sources expert with fifteen years of experience in supporting Ukrainian municipalities in this sector. Dmytro specializes in municipal energy management, including software for energy monitoring, optimization, and technical solutions for energy saving. He has experience in workshops, training, information tours and practical solutions with educational effects.

Dmytro had consulted more than 200 Ukrainian municipalities and worked on implementing energy management systems and energy planning. He also created a revolving fund in Slavuta and helped to create at least four others. Dmytro has been coordinating a project of setting up a solar station on voter utility in Voznesensk.

“I receive a huge amount of inspiration from my wife and two daughters. I enjoy fishing, playing futsal, and cooking on an open fire during my free time”.

Nataliia Lytvyn

Nataliia Lytvyn

Project Coordinator

Nataliia Lytvyn is an “Energy Transition” coalition coordinator and NGO’s “Ecoclub” project coordinator. She graduated from the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering and has received a master’s degree in Ecology.

Natalia is working to establish opportunities for Ukrainians to invest in their houses’ energy efficiency and renewable energy. She is charged with project management and communication between partners and other participants. 

“I’m proud to be a part of our professional family, who are working day and night to change the environmental situation in Ukraine.”

Maryna Halushko

Maryna Halushko

Specialist

Master of Ecology at Rivne State University of the Humanities.
She joined Ecoclub as a volunteer in 2015 and became a team member in 2016.

She has experience in logistical and administrative support for all Ecoclub projects. In July 2023, she started working on capacity building for local governments.

“Working at Ecoclub is about the value of preserving an intact environment, sustainable principles and approaches to management. The greatest inspiration is the people who work hard every day on the ground, constantly learn how to change, adapt, and improve their town and community, and each of their results is a part of our victory, which cannot but inspire!”

Nataliia Kholodova

Nataliia Kholodova

Project coordinator

Nataliia Kholodova is a project coordinator at Ecoclub with six years of experience in an environmental NGO as a project assistant and project coordinator. She has a master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, environmental protection, and sustainable use of nature.

Nataliia has organized information tours on energy efficiency and renewable energy facilities in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia; coordinated Ecoclub’s research on the potential of renewable energy sources in the Khmelnytskyi region. Since 2021 she has coordinated Ecoclub’s campaign against potentially dangerous polluters, and now she is working with the Environmental Impact Assessment system in Ukraine.

“For me, Ecoclub means people who shares values and the desire to do meaningful work. I like traveling around the world in my free time, especially through natural attractions, hiking, walking in the early mornings, doing yoga, and making desserts.”

Olena Kondratiuk

Olena Kondratiuk

Project Coordinator

Received bachelor’s degree in Automation and Computer-Integrated Technologies (Rivne, National University of Water and Environmental Engineering). She has been a volunteer of the NGO since 2018. As part of the Ecoclub team, she has been conducting research since October 2020. She is a co-author of several publications of the organization.

She coordinates the installation of solar power plants for critical facilities.

“Most of all, I draw inspiration from travelling, which helps me find new strength for my work and further understand why it is important to work to combat climate change.”

Svitlana Tsymbalyuk

Svitlana Tsymbalyuk

Accountant

Ecoclub`s accountant. She has been a part of Ecoclub for about 20 years.

Responsible for financial reporting and accounting.

In my spare time I love to take care of my garden, grow flowers, vegetables and fruits. And I adore animals: in the area near our house lives a dog, some chickens and a nutria.”

Julia Guziy

Julia Guziy

Coordinator of the Communications Department

Coordinates the work of the communications department, is responsible for the organization’s brand, communicates with the media and international partners.

Has experience in running the organization’s information campaigns. Julia has received a bachelor’s degree in Ukrainian philology from the National University of Ostroh Academy.

Will be happy to answer any questions, arrange a meeting with the team members and discuss the details of information cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact by email:

julia@ecoclubrivne.org

“Writing text and receiving answers to my questions is my passion. And when it all combines with environmental topics which are less known to society, it helps me to communicate socially important information and, of course, to grow professionally. I study languages, travel, and do ballroom dancing during my free time”.

Anna Mazur

Anna Mazur

Communications Manager

Graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (bachelor’s degree) and I. Mechnikov National University of Odesa (master’s degree) with a degree in philosophy.

At the Ecoclub, she is involved in communication and work with members.

“It is exciting to see changes and to contribute to the creation of new ones. It is inspiring to know that we can already influence our present and future together. I believe that together we can do even more.”

Anna Huzenko

Anna Huzenko

Assistant of the Department of Adaptation of Communities to Climate Change

Master of Ecology from the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv). She has experience in collecting and analysing data using geographic information systems. She works with spatial analysis and cartography. Involved in the development of vulnerability indicators and climate change adaptation measures for communities, and assists with GIS components of projects.

“By working in the environmental sector, I can contribute to the conservation of natural ecosystems, biodiversity, and sustainable use of resources. I can also influence the development of policies/legislation in the field of environmental legislation, develop and implement climate change adaptation strategies.”

Julia Kvitka

Julia Kvitka

Project Coordinator, EIA specialist

Master’s degree in two specialities: researcher in agrochemistry and soil science, specialist in environmental and natural resource management economics (Rivne, National University of Water and Environmental Engineering). She holds a PhD in Economics (speciality: economics of natural resources and environmental protection, Institute of Agroecology and Environmental Management of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

Julia participates in the analysis of EIA reports, analyses the functioning of the EIA system in Ukraine, and prepares comments on draft state policy documents. Monitors Ukraine’s compliance with national and international environmental policy in the field of EIA and SEA.

“Only the joint and mutually interested work of specialists, scientists, and the public to ensure environmental and nature-based solutions and positions will allow us to achieve the necessary result. I am happy to be part of a proactive team that works to promote such important environmental positions.”

Iryna Protsiuk

Iryna Protsiuk

Assistant

Received a specialist degree in Environmental Protection Engineering (Rivne, National University of Water and Environmental Engineering).

“I am glad to have the opportunity to contribute to changes in society and the environment that improve people’s lives and well-being.”

Olena Onishchuk

Olena Onishchuk

Engineer

Master’s degree in Heat and Gas Supply and Ventilation (Rivne, National University of Water and Environmental Engineering).

Has eight years of experience as an engineer in the field of heating and gas supply. As a member of the Ecoclub team, she develops and controls the quality of design and estimate documentation for the installation of solar power plants for critical infrastructure facilities, oversees the construction process.

“I have always been interested in environmental issues. Especially what needs to be done to preserve our planet for future generations. That is why it is extremely valuable to be a part of the Ecoclub team.”

Myhaylo Lukyanyk

Myhaylo Lukyanyk

Project Coordinator

Graduated as an economics manager (Rivne, National University of Water and Environmental Engineering).

As a member of the Ecoclub team since 2022, he has been researching and solving problems of district heating conservation, in particular through the installation of heat pumps.

“Saving central heating is the key to improving the environment and human well-being.”

Ivanna Levytska

Ivanna Levytska

Financial Manager

Graduated from the International Academician Stepan Demianchuk University of Economics and Humanities with a degree in Finance and Credit. She has worked in the public and private sectors. Responsible for the financial management of the organization.

“What I value most in my work is the transparency of financial processes. I am inspired by the people around me. It is important for me to work with people who are united by the idea of improving the lives of others.”

Tatiana Maryuk

Financial Coordinator

Tetiana graduated from the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering with a degree in Accounting and Auditing (specialist).

She coordinates the organization’s current financial activities: from planning and cost management to financial reporting.

“I believe in the mission and goals of the organization to preserve the environment and its important role in promoting environmental awareness. I also appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the efficient use of the organization’s resources to achieve its environmental goals.”

Board of Ecoclub

Oksana Pohl

Oksana Pohl

Member of the Board

Oksana holds a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems and technology from the National University of Water Management and Environmental Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in geography from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and in land management from the Technical University of Munich. Master’s degree in Anthropogeography and Sustainable Development from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

Author of a climate podcast.

Since 2020 she has been a member of Ecoclub, and since 2021 she has been a member of Ecoclub board.

Oleh Hetun

Oleh Hetun

Chairman of the Board

Oleh is a private entrepreneur in the field of active recreation (rafting, corporate parties, quests, etc.). Another area of ​​work is the installation of industrial GPG-monitoring systems on commercial vehicles.

Oleh spends part of his time working in the public sphere, namely: working with children and youth in Plast NSOU, environmental protection with NGO “Ecoclub”, organizing competitions in water tourism and adventure races.

Education: Master of Ecology.

“I support Ecoclub because I have like-minded people in the field of environmental protection and I believe that the organization is doing a lot of good for this. I have an environmental education and need to implement in this area. I partially realize my knowledge and experience through involvement in the Ecoclub. Now I can spend little time on running or coordinating projects, because I chose the form of involvement to work in the board. ”

Vasyl Korbutiak

Vasyl Korbutiak

Member of the Board

Joined the board in 2023. Received his qualification as a hydraulic engineer with a degree in hydraulic engineering from Rivne State Technical University.

In 2008, he defended his PhD dissertation on “Improving methods for calculating maximum flows based on channel process parameters (on the example of rivers in the Ukrainian Carpathians)”.

Tetiana Tsykun

Tetiana Tsykun

Member of the Board

Research Fellow at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity.

Areas of professional activity – ecology, forest phytopathology, genomics and population genetics of phytopathogens and tree pests.

She actively participated in the activities of Ecoclub as a volunteer during 2002-2005.

Tetiana joined the board of the organization in 2021.

Oksana Holovko

Oksana Holovko

Member of the Board

Candidate of Agricultural Sciences (Ecology), Head of the Research Sector of the Derman-Ostroh National park.

Oksana joined the board of the organization in 2021.

Documents

Ecoclub statute

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