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Copenhagen Teachers and Students Work to Create a Carbon-Neutral School

Copenhagen

Detailed description of the Good Practice

As world leaders meet at COP 15 to negotiate a global agreement to avert climate catastrophe, students and teachers in Copenhagen are taking concrete steps towards making their school carbon neutral by 2015 – a full decade before their city aims to achieve carbon neutrality.
The deadline was set that all the children in the school would be educated in the climate challenge by January 2010 and it has been done across the entire curriculum, not just in the natural sciences. The 507 students at Vanløse, from Kindergarten through Grade 10, have created art work, poetry and videos, along with solar-powered cars and windmills made of Lego. One of their teachers wrote a song about climate change and the school choir performed it on Danish television during the week of the climate talks. Some of the older students are volunteering at COP 15 and the
Klima Forum.
As the students are actively engaged in learning and teaching others, including their parents and other adults in the local community about sustainability, the school staff are working on many different levels to reduce the carbon footprint of the 1920s-era school building. Isolated outer doors, modern doubleglazed windows, low-wattage lighting, timers on light switches and solar panels are only a start. They have plans to improve drainage and usage of rainwater, to plant a green roof on one building, and even to put windmills on another. But beyond the physical changes, the teachers are most excited about the intellectual and ethical growth of the students and the entire school community.

awareness raising
ecological education
climate change

Objectives of the Good Practice

to take certain measures to make the school carbon neutral by 2015

Participants of the Good Practice

Teachers
students

Target group of the Good Practice

students

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Data sources and references

Stakeholder Forum Outreach Thursday 17 December 2009
http://www.stakeholderforum.org/fileadmin/files/Outreach_issues_2009/091217-outreach-color.pdf (Accessed December 29, 2009)