icon-comboTraining Seminar 2017

Focused on Water, Energy, Consumption and Fair Trade


  • 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 and to Trier

  • The program was rounded off by different excursions.


Seminar Speakers

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).


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.


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.


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.


Further workshops and lectures in the seminar:

Introduction to the “Earth as a system” –  climate, water and energy  (Lecture by Alexander Metternich, EAO)

Consumer-critical city tours in Saarbrücken followed by discussions (under the direction of NES, Netzwerk Entwicklungspolitik Saarland)

Energy Park Morbach: biomass, windenergy and photovoltaik for economic and scientific purposes and for the citizens (under the direction of specialist consultant Peter Kleifges)


At the third training seminar teacher tandems from 9 different states participated: South Dakota, Texas, Indiana, Illinois,Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Arizona.


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