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the sunbeams tree planting event on 20 March was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who pledged trees came along - especially the sunshine! A full report will be posted here soon. In the meantime you can see some photos in our picasa album - https://picasaweb.google.com/eu.sunbeams.eu/TPE2011# - check back regularly as we will be updating it with photos as they come in.

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WHAT: The 2nd Sunbeams tree planting event! As a contribution to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, Belgians and expatriates of all ages will join forces in Gooik on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 to plant a forest of several thousand trees in a single day. The initiative is organized by Sunbeams with the technical assistance of the forest association of Flanders or Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen (VBV). This initiative is supported by the King Baudouin Foundation (BreXpat), the Agency for Nature and Forest, and the Flemish Government.

As well as planting a forest in Belgium, participants at this Sunbeams event will be making a financial contribution to the planting of a green corridor in the Republic of the Congo, a project organized by Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program.

Media attending the event will be able to:

  • Interview tthe EC Commissioner for Environment (Mr. Janez Poto?nik), the British Ambassador, (Mr. Jonathan Brenton), the Slovene Ambassador (Mrs. Anita Pipan), the founder and president of Sunbeams (Mrs. Ilke Pedersen-Beyst), the representative of UNEP (Mrs. Cecilia Morales), the director of the VBV (Mr. Bert De Somviele), and other key guests, including a delegation from the Slovenian Embassy who will be commemorating their national independence.
  • Take human interest video or photographs of the event organizers, the site of the new forest, and event participants, including children from many Belgian and international schools actively planting trees together.

WHEN: 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 (Official Welcome)

WHERE: Frankrijkstraat 10, 1755 Gooik.

WHO: Sunbeams is a not-for-profit association that helps people living in Belgium take practical steps towards living a more environmentally-responsible lifestyle.

The VBV (Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen) is a key European participant in UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign and has pledged to plant 1 million trees in Flanders. They provide the technical support to the Sunbeams event.

UNEP is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. Its Billion Tree Campaign is a tree planting initiative that has already seen over 10 billion trees planted worldwide.

TO ATTEND: To register your interest in attending this event, please contact Ilke Pedersen-Beyst: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (+32 (0)488 878 014).

MORE INFO: www.sunbeams.eu, www.vbv.be, www.1miljoenbomen.be, www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/

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The European Union Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Janez Potocnik, will be amongst the participants at the 2nd 'plant a forest with sunbeams' event, which takes place on Sunday 20 March 2011 in Gooik, 20km west of Brussels.The Commissioner will join other members and officials of the Slovenian community in Belgium to plant 50 Lime trees to celebrate Slovenian national day.

In March 2010 expats and Belgians came together for the first 'plant a fores't with sunbeams' event. Over 2,000 trees were planted in one day and are now bursting back into life with the return of spring. 

This year we have secured a bigger plot of land and hope to plant many more trees. As well as having a tree panted in your name, participating at the event cancontribute to offsetting your carbon emissions. You can either come along to the event and plant your own trees, or let us plant the tree for you and dedicate it to you or somebody special. It's a great way to commerate a special event or remember someone special.

The event is open to all and full details can be found here.

Your can see coverage of last year's event here.

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Friday, 21 January 2011 21:13

Sunbeams Nature Workshop - Birds in Winter

sunbeams nature workshopSunbeams Nature Workshop - Birds in Winter

30. January, 13.00h - 16.00h,

For children aged 7 and up.

Fee: 15€

Learn how to identify birds that stay during the winter and how to attract them to your garden, nature walk with winter bird survey.workshop_flyer

More information: www.lokilino.com



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Tuesday, 12 October 2010 20:31

sunbeams is looking for a project manager

Brussels based not-for-profit seeks a dynamic, self-starter to initiate, organize, and orchestrate all activities and events as well as manage volunteer staff in a month long public education and participation program in the Brussels area.  This short-term, temporary position, with the option to continue long term, will focus for a period of six months beginning in November 2010.  The March 2011 program will promote trees as an integral part of sustainable living to Belgians and other internationals residing in Belgium.  The month’s events aim to raise awareness about the value of trees in air and water filtration, soil erosion control, and biodiversity; enable participation in tree planting in Belgium; and to empower children and adults alike to continue taking action for tree preservation and continued reforestation in Belgium and beyond.  Activities are directed in English primarily.


-      Project management: project cycle

-      Use of planning software

-      Managing deadlines and working under pressure

-      Experience in running projects

-      Good coordination skills

-      Good team leadership skills

-      Ability to empower volunteers through delegation

-      Diplomacy

Project Period: November 2010 to May 2011

Sunbeams is a not for profit organisation (ASBL / VZW) registered in Belgium. Our mission is to inform, enable and empower individuals to take positive steps towards sustainable lifestyles.

Website: www.sunbeams.eu


Interested persons should electronically forward CVs to:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

or contact Ilke Pedersen-Beyst at: 0488/878.014

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Monday, 05 April 2010 05:01



  • Hints Classes of American Women's Club Belgium, Rhode-Saint Genese, 2009 and 2010
  • 3 at Welcombeek, British military spouses, Sterrebeek, 2009-2010
  • 20 at international schools as preparation for our tree planting events in 2010 and 2011


  • Wildlife workshop, with our expert, at Savoorke, Tervuren, October 2009 and 2010
  • World Water Day, water experiments, for Serve The City – Brussels, March 2010
  • Composting, with master composters, private garden, Kraainem, June 2009 and 2010
  • 12 workshops on several topics at Savoorke, IMS, Tervuren, 2009-2011
  • 2 workshops on recycling at US Tri-Mission, Brussels and Evere, 2011


  • Environmental Fair IBGE/BIM, Cinquantenaire Park, Elsene, June 2010 and 2011
  • 4 fairs for EC Welcome Day, Berlaymont, Elsene, 2009-2011
  • Christmas fairs: 2 at IMS and 2 at BSB , Tervuren, December 2009 and 2010
  • Irisfeest, Woluwe Saint-Pierre, May 2010
  • Stand at Lester Brown presentation at EP, Brussels, May 2010 and May 2011
  • US Embassy volunteers day, Brussels, 2010
  • 3 Expatica fairs, Autoworld, Elsene, 2009 and 2010
  • 2 days, Welcome Fair, The Bulletin Group, Area 42, Schaarbeek, 2009

Other events

  • Tree planting events, Neerlinter 2010 and Gooik/Oetingen 2011
  • Clean-up the World event, Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, September 2010
  • Nature Walk with Biloba forest guide, Watermaal-Bosvoorde, October 2010
  • Earth Day celebration, with Lokilino, Tervuren, 2010
  • Biodiversity Quiz, in cooperation with Friends of the Earth, Brussels, May 2010
  • Car sharing events to Bioplanet, Mechelen 2009-2010
  • Peace Day celebration, Giant Peace Dove building of recycled material by kids, for the
  • Jane Goodall Institute, Tervuren, September 2009 and 2010
  • Organic wine tasting event, with R99, at British Commonwealth Women's Club of Belgium
  • Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, February 2010
  • Several Energy Saving Events, Elsene, 2009-2010

Internal events/meetings:

  • Recruiting events (volunteers or interns), team days, planning meetings (including students)
  • Preparation and feedback meetings on tree planting event, Helping hands events, packing
  • information folders, Board meetings

Cooperation established with

  • Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen (forest association)
  • Beehive associations (Apis Bruocsella and the beekeepers assocation of Flemish Brabant )
  • Natuurpunt (nature organization)
  • Embassies of UK and Slovenia
  • Jane Goodall Institute Belgium
  • Vogelbescherming (bird protection)
  • Serve The City Brussels
  • Brussels Environmental Institute (IBGE/BIM)
  • Universities, several
  • UNEP Brussels Office
  • MOS, Green School logo
  • International schools, several
  • Lokilino (eco-toys shop with workshops)
  • Turtle Wings
  • Transition Towns Tervuren
  • Agenda 21 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre and Molenbeek
  • Biloba vzw
  • Friends of the Earth, Brussels
  • Youth movements, JNM and Girl Guides
  • Friends of Amma
  • Gardener's Club of Brussels

Cooperation with companies

  • Levi Strauss Co, since 2011
  • Lokilino, since 2010
  • Reason2.be, since 2008
  • Druk in de Weer, since 2008


  • King Baudouin Foundation, BreXpat III, 2009-2010


  • Distribution of Info Packs: ca. 800
  • Monthly newsletters
  • 2 getting started guides
  • Mailing list: about 1000 subscribers, including schools and embassies
  • Launch of Facebook and Twitter in 2010
  • Fairs (see above) and other Networking activities, e.g. at Greenweek

Articles in other magazines

  • Expatica, several articles, Award Expatica Belgium Best Blog in 2009-2010
  • Away Magazine: 3 main articles + 6 columns with challenge and events 2009-2010
  • Small Talk, BCT, monthly article
  • Danish Magazine, monthly article
  • Brussels Newsletter of 19 communes, 1 article
  • Woluwe Saint-Pierre Newsletter, 1 article
  • Australian-New Zealand, newsletter, several


  • The Bulletin, e.g. the Green issue 2011
  • Changemakers in Brussels, by Polly Akhurst of The Hub, 2011
  • Newspaper articles related to our tree planting events (2010-2011)

Sales for others

  • Jane Goodall Institute, several items
  • Vogelbescherming, bird association, several items
  • Earth Policy Institute, books by Lester Brown
  • Apis Bruoscella , wild flower seeds

Other: Status of non-profit organisation ASBL/VZW since April 2010

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