This is the final newsletter before we will all take our holiday break and fill up our batteries for the new year. This last month has been beyond exciting with our concluding Going Green events and the student competition that impressed us all and showed us once again that the hard work, time, and energy you and your students put into Going Green was worth it in the end!
We would like to thank all of you for your outstanding contributions
to the success of Going Green. We received many motivating news from
different parts of the country – students who organized a flash mob,
others who designed a mobile app, individuals and groups who reached out
to local businesses, scholars, and policy makers, an entire course that
interviewed NGO representatives on Skype, and the many news reports
that appeared in newspapers, on school websites, and even on the radio –
this all would not have been possible without you and your students.
In this newsletter, we would like to inform you about the following (and ask you to do us a favor):
– Going Green feedback and evaluation
– Award ceremonies in Düsseldorf and Berlin and press review
– Looking into the (near) future
***Going Green feedback and evaluation
As much as we are impressed with the outcomes of Going Green, we are also aware that your project participation made your work at school quite challenging at times. Building on your experiences, we would like to improve the project systematically. This is why we kindly ask you to take a few moments and fill out our feedback and evaluation questionnaire. In order to draw reliable conclusions from this project, it is necessary that as many teachers as possible answer the questionnaire, even if you might not have taken part in the competition or only used our website and online-platform as a teaching resource or inspiration.
You can access the questionnaire (in German) at https://evasys.leuphana.de/evasys_02/online.php (TAN: goinggreen)
***Award ceremonies in Düsseldorf and Berlin and press review
We concluded the Going Green project and student competition with events in Düsseldorf (December 4) and Berlin (December 5). In Düsseldorf, participating courses and teachers were welcomed at the Nordrhein-Westfalen Schulministerium. Our Going Green participants presented their green action plans and discussed their ideas with Prof. David Goldfield from the University North Carolina at Charlotte. Consul General, Steve Hubler, and Staatssekretär Ludwig Hecke congratulated the students on their commitment to German-American cooperation and awarded prizes for some of their outstanding green action plans.
In Berlin, U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson and the Going Green team welcomed students from eight Bundesländer at our national concluding event that was generously hosted by our friends at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Prof. Goldfield joined us again for this event and discussed the green action plans with the students. Ambassador Emerson awarded prizes for excellent student contributions and underlined the importance of civic engagement for sustainable development.
We have collected press releases about the event and web-links to photo galleries and the award-winning action plans on our website at http://www.goinggreen2014.org/ as well as on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/schoolsgogreen. You will also find a press review with news reports from several participating schools there.
***Looking into the (near) future
The Going Green Moodle platform and website will remain online. We invite you and your colleagues to continue using the materials in your current or upcoming courses.
As already announced on our blog, our efforts for Going Green will continue in 2015. We would like to stay in contact with our participants and hear from you how you have put your green action plans into practice. Alex Magaard will continue our Going Green blog until April and report about how these action plans develop.
As our project manager, Dr. Martina Kohl said, “please keep us informed, send us photos of your events, press reports, anything to feed the Going Green website and Facebook site. And if possible, we’ll try and visit you!”
But for now, on behalf of the Going Green team, I would like to thank you for an exciting year and wish you and your students a joyous holiday season and a very happy New Year!
All the best,