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Alexandra Magaard // 26 September 2014 // #GoingGreen

Hi Everyone,

Now that we are coming to the end of the third, official week for the “Going Green 2014” Project, I would like to highlight some recent additions to the Moodle Site.

We have three classrooms seeking discussions from the Moodle Site and a number of students getting involved on the Moodle site – here is a quick update.

The schools are from Leipzig, Germany, called the “BIP Kreativitätsgymnasium,” from Neubrandenburg, Germany, called “Albert-Einstein Gymnasium,” and from Oranienburg, Germany, called the “Louise-Henriette Gymnasium.”

The Albert-Einstein Gymnasium would like to engage in a cross-cultural dialog, in hopes of fresh perspectives. The “Louise-Henriette Gymnasium” would like to discuss their results, ideas and experience regarding environmental reform.  This classroom is also interested in current issues – what is namely “cool” among teenagers.

I encourage you to contact any or all of these groups if you are interested.

Our Moodle page has new entries from students, who are also interested in a cross-cultural exchange.

Three 8th grade boys in Germany wonder what the American style of recycling consists of.  They are interested in trading daily recycling habits.

Three girls would like to discuss preventative measures for sustainability.

Three other boys from Germany would like to discuss the impeding dangers of the Greenhouse Gas effect, and two other students would like to exchange perspectives and also brainstorm preventative measures.

Feel free to contact the students and begin the discussions!

Thank you to all of the Going Green Classrooms who have gotten involved so far, and I wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

When the going gets tough, the tough go green.


Alexandra Magaard is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German Language from James Madison University. In 2014-15, Alex served as a virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy and the Teach About US blog’s first author. A passionate supporter of environmentalism and green topics, Alex says that her activism began when she built a replica of the Cathedral of Notre Dame out of re-used egg cartons for her art class at age eight. She is now working for a German company based in Washington D.C.