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Sustainability Audit

Target group

Schools in the City of Düsseldorf (Germany); Schools all over the world

Learning aims

Students should learn to take part in shaping their society in the direction of sustainable development. This includes inter alia responsible use of natural resources.

Short description

The learning goal mentioned above can only be achieved if the students have the opportunity to practice such participation. The school is a sub-section of society and therefore a suitable framework for this. The sustainability audit is a developmental process for the entire school. Students, teachers, parents and other parties work together in this. They develop a mission statement (strategic goals) for their school, assess the current situation of their school, evaluate it and compile suggestions for school development. They think about how to involve as many members of the school’s community as possible – and implement the suggestions that they compiled. The entire process is modelled on the European Environmental Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).


The sustainability audit is an extensive and protracted process. It is of interest for schools who have already had experiences with climate protection and working on projects, and in which several teachers are already prepared to be actively involved. The schools of Düsseldorf have been able to make significant progress in school development in the context of a sustainability audit, and along with this, to actively involve students and their parents, in some degree, to conserve significant amounts of energy, and to make climate protections and sustainable development into topics of instruction. The dedicated support of the city of Düsseldorf and that of the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen was of immense help.

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