Submitted by: Consorzio per l'AREA di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica di Trieste
Implemented country: Italy
Title: Conscious Use of Energy in School and at Home
How do you succeed in training a large number of people within a very short period of time to respond more consciously to the needs of the environment? You teach children and they teach their parents. This is the system IUSES is applying. The target group was obvious: Teachers and their students. 15 partners from 12 European countries were involved. During the initial phase 220 teachers and 20,000 students were trained in being more environmentally conscious. Then another 47,000 teachers and professors began to use educational materials based on environmentally-friendly behaviors in 12 different languages. The tool box was updated and improved through user feedback and included four handbooks, multimedia animations, power-point slides and an experimentation kit.
IUSES was able to approach 147,000 teachers and students all over Europe who wanted to switch over to a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle. In total 1.1 million kWh were saved, which is the equivalent of 110,000 bottles of oil. Approximately 3,500 tons of CO2 were saved, which is the work a forest with 1.4 million trees would have to do for one year in order to save the same amount.
Fabio Tomasi, a graduate of the University of Trieste with a degree in environmental sciences, is the EU coordinator for several projects. He feels that people ought to become more aware of the fact that our future depends on all our individual decisions. Billions of small changed behaviors will have large repercussions, as this project so vividly demonstrated.
“People should be aware that out future depends on everybody’s choices."