International school congress "Energy efficiency in schools"
was a success
“We saw with our own eyes, how dramatically the climate change modifies the lifestyle of humans today!" Louise Willneff and Nico Angerstein, the participants of International School Congress “Energy Efficiency in Schools” vividly remember that even the smallest of the energy savings project in the school is closely connected with great environmental challenges of the 21st century. Both the students took part in the Arctic expedition organised by the British Council: since then they have championed the cause of climate protection as “Climate Champions”.
The speech by Louise and Nico was an ideal prelude for the congress, which took place on 7th and 8th October 2010 in Stralsund, then it was about inspiring students (and their teachers) for a sustainable energy management. In addition to few speeches, there were also interactive events in the program: workshops, an outlet of possibilities and excursions to energy-related large projects such as nuclear fusion experiment “Wendelstein 7” in Greifswald. 130 participants from 12 European countries arrived and there were approx. 60 students among them.
Presentations by the students were special highlights of the program. Agriculture students of Agriculture University Schlierbach (Austria) demonstrated on a John-Deere tractor how one can save 20% of fuel through clever driving. Matteo Manfron and Davide Stocco from ISIS Andrea Ponti Gallarate (Italy) presented how their school was destroyed in April 2009 during an earthquake and is now being rebuilt as a zero-energy building under technical cooperation of the students.
Left: The Clever-Driving-Team from Austria.
Right: Nuclear energy - an option for the future? - Action of ZIEL21 e.V.
Even the adult participants offered interesting insights into their technical and pedagogical work. Thus, Sonja Hoffman presented the master plan for climate protection of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg with a poster, with which the schools are supposed to reduce their CO2 emissions systematically. With simple experiments, Helga Spitzer and Joseph Gröber from ARGE ÖKOLOG Kärnten (Austria) communicated how we come into contact with various forms of energy in our daily life.
Tree planting in the climate forest Schuenhagen was a further highlight of the program. “More often than not there are huge gaps between talking and doing,” says Tilman Langner from Umweltbüro Nord e.V., who led the preparations for the congress. “Through the arrival of the participants we have caused a lot of environmentally damaging CO2. The trees that were planted will fix this in the next decades and will largely balance the environmental impact of the event.”
The congress was the final event of the European project “Energy Education Governance Schools” (EGS). Detailed information, presentations, manuscripts, photos, videos and CO2 balance are published on the website www.egs-project.eu/.
EGS Congress from Tilman Langner on Vimeo.
Contribution to United Nations Decade
The congress was recognised as an official contribution to the "action days 2010 education for sustainable development", which are a German contribution to the United Nations "Decade of education for sustainable development".
Recognized as teacher training
The congress was officially recognized as teacher training by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the Federal State Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
The International School Conference "Energy Efficiency in Schools" was organised by Umweltbüro Nord e.V. (More information on Umweltbüro Nord e.V.)
The following partners supported the event:
- Fachhochschule Stralsund (Stralsund University of Applied Science): www.fh-stralsund.de/
- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Natur- und Umweltbildung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. (Consortium for nature and environmental education in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania): www.umweltbildung-mv.de/
- Landeslehrstätte für Naturschutz und nachhaltige Entwicklung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Teaching facility for nature protection and sustainable development, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania): www.lung.mv-regierung.de
- International Climate Champions of British Council Germany: www.britishcouncil.de/icc/
- Norddeutsche Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung: www.nue-stiftung.de/
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Umweltbüro Nord e.V. (Environmental Office North, registered association), Tilman Langner, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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