Climate Action at Schools

Building a truss from beams, turning single projects into long lasting structures for climate action

How do we mainstream climate action in schools? This session discussed different approaches and visions of the Beacon project, as the speakers exchanged ideas and best practices on incentive systems.

Our Highlights

Success factors for long-term climate action with incentive systems:

Vít Král, Zmocněnec Pro Smart City (Smart City-Expert), Milevsko City (CZ)

  • For a successful long-term energy saving projects it needs invested individuals.

Sonja Hofmann, Project Coordinator & Climate Change Mitigation Advisor, Hamburger Klimaschutzstiftung

  • The key success factor for an effective incentive system is taking all relevant stakeholders into account: school management, department of education, municipal foundation working on climate action programs.

Kamelia Georgieva, Senior Expert, National Trust Ecofund, Bulgaria

  • Teachers should be in the focus of incentive systems, as in BG the teachers are the ones who lead these initiatives.
  • Incentives can be different, such as networking with other schools, interplays between energetic renovations and the optimization of user behaviour of the schools as both components don’t work without the other.

Manuela Varga, Teacher at Simion Barnutiu School Zalau (RO)

  • Success factors for incentive systems are the direct contact between students and the municipality, peer learning as a good method to spread the project.
  • Publicity about already active schools is also important: “The power of example is the best way to motivate other schools”.

Gabriela Dirloman, Geography Teacher at Nicolae Kretzulescu Superior School of Commerce (RO)

  • The creation of a national network would be recommendable.

Markus Power, Education Campaigner, Greenpeace Germany

  • Greenpeace’s calculating tool for the carbon footprint of schools can be useful for starting energy saving projects at schools.