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We proudly present the Going Green School Competition Winners of 2018/19

We proudly present the Going Green School Competition Winners of 2018/19

by Lea Meimerstorf -
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The fifth cycle of the Going Green project is coming to an end and we are proud to present the winners of our annual student competition. We received very thoughtful project outcomes dealing with a variety of topics linked to sustainability. All in all, 18 courses from four Bundesländer and one U.S. state registered on our platform. Over three hundred students and their teachers spent many weeks learning about sustainable activities as well as challenges in Germany and the U.S., finding out about sustainability topics such as waste, food, transport, and fashion. They analyzed how their own behavior impacts the sensitive system of our planet and developed different projects to go greener.

The Teach About U.S. team and our partners are delighted to announce the following student projects as winners of the Going Green 2019 Awards! Congratulations to all students and teachers!

These are the six winning projects:


Best Educational Video:

Save the Coral Reefs! An Educational Video about the Effect of Climate Change on the Ecosystem

by the English course (grade 10) at Mons-Tabor-Gymnasium in Montabaur, with teacher Nina Allgaier.


Best Student Entrepreneurship Project:

Sustainable Cooking – How Does that Work?!

by the course Geography /CAS IB (grade 11) at Leonardo da Vinci Campus in Nauen, with teacher Bärbel Baatz.


Best Social media Engagement Campaign:


by the English course 11 GK at Martin-Luther-Gymnasium in Frankenberg, with teacher Lisa Müller.


Most Creative Video: 

“Climate Change is here: act now”

by the English courses 10 GK and 11 GK & LK at Marie Curie Gymnasium in Bönen, with teacher Karsten Brill


Best Research:

Our Biodiversity Gets Lost

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


Most Thought-provoking Video:

Our Sustainable Shared Flat

by the English course LK 12 at Friderico-Francisceum in Bad Doberan, with teacher Daniela Weihs.


The runner-ups include: 

Environmental Pollution by the English course grade 11 at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Neubrandenburg with teacher Petra Wittner

Dream Big, Dream Green by the English course grade 12 at Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium in Oranienburg with teacher Jens Rösener

Action Plan 2019 by the English course 11G at max-Beckmann-Schule with teacher Therese Hartmann

Cross-Atlantic Workshop / Seminarkurs - Environmental Justice and urban Sustainability by grade 11 students at Kepler Gymnasium Freiburg and Lincoln High School in Portland, OR and teachers Jörg Dopfer and Tim Swinehart

Going Green Blog by the English courses grades 10, 11, and 12 at Marie-Curie-Gymnasium Bönen with teacher Karsten Brill

Easy Regional Cooking - Local, Fast and Healthy by the English course grade 12 at Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium Neubrandenburg with teacher Petra Wittner

The Power of the Sun by the English course grade 10 at Gymnasium Lüneburger Heide with teacher Sol Velasquez

Take a look at the 60+ action plans from previous years showcased on Teach About U.S. Read more...


Congratulations to all participants and competition winners! 


In lieu of a final student conference, we invite all project participants, regardless if you upload a final product or not, to join us for the Sommerfest at Humboldt Universität Berlin on August 29, 2019, 14-15:30h. During the event, student groups will have the opportunity to report about their experiences with the project in a casual atmosphere and discuss their action plans with peers and experts on sustainability. Prof. Marcel Robischon, Humboldt University, will moderate the session, and Prof. Torben Schmidt, Leuphana University, a member of the Teach About U.S. team, will give a brief introduction. 


'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 BerlinLeuphana 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 60 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.

» More information on Going Green

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Lea Meimerstorf

Lea Meimerstorf

Lea Meimerstorf is a primary school teacher student in the 2nd Master's semester at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Her subjects are English and German. She has been supporting Teach About U.S. as a project assistant since 2019.

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