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And the winners are... Going Green Awards 2018

And the winners are... Going Green Awards 2018

by Joannis Kaliampos -
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Bild1.pngWith the student competition, our fourth installment of the Going Green project comes to a conclusion. Overall, 43 courses from nine Bundesländer and four U.S. states registered on our platform. Over five hundred students and their teachers spent many weeks exploring sustainable activities Germany and the U.S., discovering how their behavior can impact the environment, and figuring out innovative ways to create positive change in their communities.

The Teach About US team and our partners are delighted to announce the following student projects as winners of the Going Green 2018 Awards! Congratulations to all students and teachers!

These are the nine winning projects:

Going Green Together – A German-American Sustainability School Project

by the Project Week Course (grades 7-12) at Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium in Oranienburg with teacher Jens Rösener, and the Social Studies course at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, Del., with teacher Melissa Tracy.


Life for Skins

by the English course (grade 12) at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium in Neubrandenburg, with teacher Petra Wittner.


BK Halle Goes Green

by the course Gesellschaftslehre mit Geschichte bilingual at Berufskolleg in Halle (Westf.), with teacher Carla Merschhaus.


Leinwig's Lasting Lead – the Road to Sustainability

by the English course (grade 12) at Gymnasium Essen-Werden, with teacher Karsten Brill.


Our Sustainability Zone

by the English course 17/5 at Oberstufenzentrum Landkreis Teltow-Fläming in Ludwigsfelde, with teacher Patrick Emmelmann.


MTG Goes Green – Introducing the Green Break

by the English course (grade 9) at Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium in Montabaur, with teacher Nina Allgaier.


Small Steps for a Big Change

by the English course Q1 at Wilhelm-Kraft-Gesamtschule des Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreises in Sprockhövel, with teacher Martina Westermann, and the current events course at Berrien Springs High School in Berrien Springs, Mich., with teacher John Vitek.


Blackout – Wake Up and See the Truth

by the English course 10B at Humboldt-Gymnasium in Potsdam, with teacher Silke Meyfarth.


We Make the Environment Great Again!

by the English course 11 BG-W at Saalburgschule in Usingen, with teacher Gisela Wildermuth.


The first of these awards were presented on April 19, 2018 at the concluding event in Düsseldorf organized by our friends at the U.S. Consulate and the Nordrhein-Westfalen Education Ministry . Representatives of the five participating schools in Nordrhein-Westfalen were invited to present their project ideas to the public at the Education Ministry. Vice-Consul General Benjamin Chapman and Education Minister Yvonne Gebauer emphasized the creativity and the sense of individual responsibility reflected by all projects and congratulated the students on their success in the competition.

Going Green Winners 2018 in Düsseldorf with Education Minister Gebauer and Vice Consul Chapman

NRW School Minister Yvonne Gebauer and U.S. Vice-Consul Benjamin B. Chapman presented the Going Green 2018 awards to participants from North Rhine-Westphalia: Berufskolleg Halle (Westf.), Friedrich-Bährens-Gymnasium, Wilhelm-Kraft-Gesamtschule, Schule am See Sekundarschule Wetter, and Gymnasium Essen-Werden.

Participants from Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, and Baden-Württemberg met on Monday, April 22, 2018 at the invitation of the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt, the German Earth Day Committee, and IHK Frankfurt. Participants from Berlin and Brandenburg will either be invited to a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or an Embassy representative will visit them at their school. Dr. Martina Kohl will contact award recipients shortly to set dates before the summer break.

 Going Green winners 2018 from Montabaur

Participants from Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium Montabaur with their teacher Nina Allgaier receive their award at the Earth Day Celebration in Frankfurt.

Going Green winners 2018 from Usingen

Participants from Saalburgschule in Usingen with their teacher Gisela Wildermuth receive their award at the Earth Day Celebration in Frankfurt.

Congratulations to all participants and competition winners!


Joannis Kaliampos is the educational project manager for the U.S. Embassy's Teach About US platform. He is a research assistant at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and holds a Staatsexamen degree in teaching English and History at the Gymnasium from Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. Joannis has developed teaching materials and has been leading teacher workshops for the U.S. Embassy's school projects since 2012.

Bild1.png'Going Green – Education for Sustainability' is an intercultural blended-learning project that engages students on both sides of the Atlantic in interdisciplinary project work on English as a foreign language, American studies, environmental and political science. The annual project is part of the Teach About US platform developed by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and LIFE e.V. Since the pilot project in 2014, over 2,500 participants in Germany and the U.S. have participated in four project cycles and have produced over 50 green action plans to implement sustainable development in their local communities. Going Green is a proud recipient of the Germany – Land of Ideas Award 2015.

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