While we're in the midst of preparing the upcoming U.S. Election Project, with our next webinar coming up tomorrow, we would like to use this opportunity for an announcement that is very dear to us and our partners: the Going Green 2019/20 awards!
When we started Going Green six years ago in 2014, we came up with a slogan that we never would have expected could be so accurate as it turned out this spring:
When the going gets tough, the tough go green!
And yet, faced with the unprecedented situation of a global pandemic, nationwide school closures, and this situation's repercussions on our daily lives, this year's over 700 registered online participants and many more in the 47 registered courses impressively demonstrated that building a better, greener future starts at our own doorsteps.
We are incredibly proud of everyone who submitted an action plan to this year's competition and we recognize how difficult it must have been to come together - in person or virtually - to work on these projects. So hats off to you and thank you to for your devotion to the environment and this project through this difficult time.
Participants in both Germany and the U.S. spent many weeks learning about sustainable activities, ranging from researching biodiversity and micro-plastics, to fair fashion options in their local community to the effects of the COVID-19 on the environment. Learning about all the things you have been working on in the last several months was inspiring to us as well.
#Competition The winning projects are:
Small Steps - Big Impact by the Biology and Global Citizenship courses at Schuldorf Bergstraße in Seeheim-Jugenheim and East Bay International School in Emeryville, California.
GoingGreenTogether: One Day without Plastic by the English course at Louise Henriette Gymnasium Oranienburg and Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware
Clothes Swap - Resused Fashion by the English course at Schuldorf Bergstraße, Seeheim-Jugenheim
Sustainable Living in Future Lüneburg by the English course at Herderschule Lüneburg
Can Facade Greening Reduce the Effects of Urban Heat Islands by the E-Phase Biology course at Goethe Gymnsasium Frankfurt
While these projects stand out, others are close runner-ups and deserve our recognition for their creativity and hard work:
What makes a city green? and Portland as Role Model for other Cities by the English course at Hans-Thoma-Gymnasium Lörrach
Corona Crisis Lessond for the Environment by the English course at LernZeitRäume Heidelberg
We urge you all to read about these truly inspiring student projects in our blog! Again, congratulations to all participants and especially their teachers who have facilitated this project, knowing that its impact will extend well beyond the walls of their classrooms.
Dr. Martina Kohl,
and Joannis Kaliampos
on behalf of the Teach About U.S. Team and Partners