About the Project


Welcome to the Project

“Sustainability (ESD) in German and STEM Courses”!

“Schlage nur so viel Holz, wie der Wald verkraften kann!
So viel Holz, wie nachwachsen kann! “
(“Fell only as much wood, as the forest can withstand!
As much wood, as can grow back! “)

Hans-Karl von Carlowitz was the first to formulate the principal of Sustainability as such in 1713 in his book about the economy of forestry (“Silvicultura oeconomica”). With this, he laid the foundation for the core concept of Sustainability: In the long term, the global community may not live at the expense of people living in other regions of the world or future generations.

Today the term “Sustainability” is more far-reaching: Environment, economy and society influence each other and are dependent on one another. Economic and societal progress requires an intact environment. Effective environmental protection is only possible, when economic and societal safety is guaranteed.


The Triple Bottom Line of Sustainability:


Education for Sustainable Development

The UN-Decade Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) pursued the world-wide goal of embedding the principals of sustainable development in all areas of education in accordance with Agenda 21. This will give all people the chance to acquire the knowledge necessary for living sustainably, to develop future-oriented thinking and to act responsibly in accordance to these principals.

Education for Sustainable Development takes into account economic, social and ecological aspects. It highlights local, regional and global relationships. As a result, causes of various problems, including climate change, exploitation of natural resources, droughts, world-wide conflicts and poverty, become visible. Furthermore, the consequences of the actions on the individual level become visible as well. ESD does not only involve broaching the subject of sustainability, but also the development of resolutions and action in accordance with sustainability.

In 2015 the UNESCO Global Action Program launched “Education 2030: Framework for Action”, with a goal “Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.”

The Goals of the Project “Sustainability (ESD) in German and STEM Courses” include:

  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration: Achieve meaningful connections between disciplines, reveal structures and promote German through the connection of German as a foreign language and STEM subjects
  • Mediation of sustainable thinking and action
  • Develop decision-making skills: promote global learning
  • Empower students to develop and execute solutions
  • Mediation of participatory methods
  • Encouragement and support for interdisciplinary projects in the field of ESD
  • Education of disseminators, development of a network


The Project is composed of several parts


Summer Training Seminars in Germany

In each of the three 10-day summer training seminars ten teacher tandems, consisting of one German and one STEM teacher, participate. These pairs teach at the same school, and apply together.

Each seminar in Germany focuses on different content concerning central topics of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development): Water, Resources, Energy, Biodiversity, Climate, Consumption, Mobility and Nutrition. The participants will be taught about the central topics by experts in the field of sustainability. The program in Germany also includes visits to best-practice schools, where participants will be able to gain insight into classes, as well as exchange information with German teachers. The teachers will also go on different excursions, for example the SMART-Werke, the Umweltcampus (Environmental Campus) in Birkenfeld or the Energielandschaft (Energy Landscape) in Morbach. The participants work together to create interdisciplinary modules and projects, and implement these projects at their respective schools.

The technical aspects of the training seminar will be conducted in English.

The training seminars take place at the Europäische Akademie in Otzenhausen (EAO) located in the Saarland. The EAO is an officially recognized private agency that offers extracurricular adult education. The academy provides excellent expertise in the field of Education for Sustainable Development.


Conference on the Topic of Sustainability

Experts from the USA and Germany present the latest Research and provide participants access to the various fields of ESD. Through the use of real life examples, participants will learn how sustainability can be realized.



In various webinars, the participants from the training seminar will present their projects. The webinars are available at no cost to all interested educators.



We collect all modules and materials created during the project, prepare and edit them and make them available at no cost to all interested educators.


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