Training Seminar 2016

Focused on Water, Energy/Resources, Climate and Mobility


  • Lectures by and discussions with experts of ESD

  • Visits to the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld and to best-practice schools in the field of ESD

  • Information exchange with teachers and visit to lessons

  • Sustainable development in schools and in class: practical workshops with teachers from German schools

  • Planning, creation and presentation of a project idea by the participants

  • Excursion to the Energy Park Morbach, to Metz and Trier

  • The program was rounded out with varied outings in the area.

Seminar Speakers


Dr. Hannes Petrischak

Dr. Hannes Petrischak

Introduction to the „Earth as a system“– Climate, Water and Energy

An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development, followed by a discussion of similarities and differences between Germany and the USA concerning the topic of Sustainability.

Dr. Hannes Petrischak is the managing director at Forum für Verantwortung (Forum for Responsibility), an organization that leads projects in the field of sustainable development. He studied Biology at the University of Kiel, and studied Environment and Education at the University of Rostock. Dr. Petrischak is an experienced lecturer and a well published scholar.

Anja Schmitt & Meike Kartes

Anja Schmitt & Meike Kartes

The concept of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

What does Sustainability mean and what is Education for Sustainable Development?
Anja Schmitt is a certified Teacher of German and French, and works as a Language Consultant at the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Meike Kartes is a trained translator working at the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG in Saarbruecken. She is the project manager of START Saar and organizes as well as leads Seminars in the field of ESD.



Dr. Michael Knaus

Dr. Michael Knaus

Material Flow Management: ZERO Emission, the German “Energiewende”, Energy cycles and renewable energies  

Dr. Michael Knaus ist the leader of the Institute for Applied Material Flow (IfaS), a well-established Institut at the Hochschule Trier, located at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (Zero-Emissions-Campus).

Julian Schwartzkopff

Julian Schwartzkopff

Energy and Climate Policy in the EU and Germany – Moving from leaders to laggards?

Julian Schwartzkopff works at EG3 (Third Generation Environmentalism) in Berlin. His current focus lies in the areas of risk management, climate change, coal and a just transition to a low-CO2 economy.

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Helmers

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Helmers

Mobility in Europe and in Germany in the 21. Century”

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Helmers is a Professor of Chemistry, with a focus on environmental chemistry, at the Envirionmental Campus Birkenfeld of the Hochschule Trier.

As the director of IfaS (Institute for Applied Material Flow) he leads the department of Sustainable Mobility and initiated the reconstruction of vehicles with combustion engines to electric cars, inclusive of a life-cycle analysis. This so-called “eConversion” allows for minimal use of resources and the lowest emission mobility by car.

Dr. Roswitha Stolz

Dr. Roswitha Stolz

Water – the blue Gold

A deep-dive into efficient water cycles, water management, and virtual water.

Dr. Roswitha Stolz is the Academic Senior Director for the Department of Earth Sciences at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University in Munich.

Ulrich Grober

Ulrich Grober

Culture of Sustainability

Linguistic and cultural aspects of sustainability in Germany and the USA, followed by discussion.

Ulrich Grober is a German journalist and author. He studied German and English literature and language at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Bochum. In 2010 he published “Die Entdeckung der Nachhaltigkeit” (The Discovery of Sustainability), and received the Brandenburger Literaturpreis Umwelt (Brandenburg Literary Prize for Environmental Publications).

At the second training seminar teacher tandems from 8 different states participated: Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois,Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio, and Arizona.

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