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This blog includes all cases that constitute the CoDeS case universe.

CoDeS is a Comenius multilateral Network funded by the Lifelong Learning Program from EU that focuses on school community collaboration addressing sustainability. The activities of the network aim at providing an European perspective on the processes of learning, models, values and tools for successful collaboration. Based on partners’ wide range of experience and background in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the network will produce, publish and disseminate a range of products useful for school and community stakeholders to engage into successful practice such as case study reports, tool box, travelling guide, and different types of workshops.

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CoDeS Case CTP in Brazil

Strengthening relationships in the TP community to recognize, confront and solve environmental conflicts related to the oil and gas industry

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The experiment reported here was developed to contribute for the transformation of the community “Terminal Pesqueiro” (CTP) into a community with a critical view about environmental issues. At the end of the project, CTP began to show signs of mobilization and organization because the project helped to awaken a sense of belonging to the locality. The project promoted educational efforts to stimulate social participation in public decision-making, and started a discussion on the environmental impacts driven by economic growth in the region. It is worth noting that the actions of the project brought the recognition of CTP to be included in the municipal map.

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Laísa Maria Freire

Adjunct Professor, Laboratório de Limnologia, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biologia – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

 Reinaldo Luiz Bozelli 

Professor, Laboratório de Limnologia, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biologia – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro 

Eleonora Sardinha Aguia and Neusa Regina Barros Bastos da Silva

Municipal Department of Education and Culture of Campos dos Goytacazes

Neide Conceição

NGO Group for Social Support to Cultivators of the Earth and Nature Conservation

Roberta Gil Salles


Jamile Almeida Marques da Silva

Biologist, Master in Ecology

Aline Amado Biologist

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CoDeS Case Geleen, in Holland

The OPEDUCA Project – Flight for Knowledge

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In the Netherlands,  40 pilot schools are working with Flight for Knowledge in daily practice. Teachers and pupils co-construct their own mindmaps, leading to sub-themes on a range of levels for which they contact ‘Knowledge Partners’ from private industry, bridging the worlds of schooling and work, as well as from governmental institutions and science. Step by step they open their own ‘Open Educational Region’ (OPEDUCA) through which in- and out of school learning merge into one dynamic, challenging and realistic learning space. Teachers proof over and over again that it is very well possible and desirable to construct each Flight for Knowledge in such a way that it is fully curriculum proof. Now facing a most challenging practice of pupils asking for much more than that.

Involving individual youngsters, groups of pupils, students and their teachers, will realize a true peer-to-peer learning community across worlds’ continents. Positioning and empowering youngsters as world citizens, basing their actions and values in local community and having the world within their reach. Pupils and students no longer being pushed to learn, but invited to develop.



Luc Goossens

RCE Rhine-Meuse, The Netherlands


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CoDeS Case Frankfurt Main

School Year for Sustainability

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Our world is changing rapidly. Why not our schools, too? The innovative project “School Year for Sustainability” aims at implementing the concept of Education for Sustainable Development in primary schools throughout the city of Frankfurt/Main in Germany. It is a multi-stakeholder project of Umweltlernen in Frankfurt e.V. in cooperation with schools, different city departments and several sponsors, that has been developed by the organization “Umweltlernen in Frankfurt” (Environmental Learning in Frankfurt). It started in 2011. Good practice activities, already existing on a broad level in Frankfurt, will be brought together and connected to strengthen Education for Sustainable Development.

Michael Schlecht chief executive officer, Umweltlernen in Frankfurt e.V. michael.schlecht(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

Mareike Beiersdorf, project coordinator „School Year for Sustainability“, Umweltlernen in Frankfurt e.V. mareike.beiersdorf(at)stadt-frankfurt.de

Ludwig Haas, ESD subject advisor of the State Council for Education in Frankfurt and teacher at an apprenticeship school l.haas(at)wvs-ffm.de





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CoDeS Case A21 in Catalonia

Turull Forest Environmental Classroom, an equipment that promotes networking in the territory in a neighborhood of Barcelona

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The experience has been to transform a practically disused municipal plot of land (with abandoned areas and precarious buildings) into a space for the protection and improvement of urban biodiversity and a new facility for environmental education.

There is a range of interests from the people of the neighbourhood and a wide variety of local groups: pensioners (urban vegetable plots), educational centres, work training centres, associations and organisations (protection, study and conservation of natural heritage; neighbours associations, protection of animals, outdoor education, consumers’ cooperatives), etc.

The experience presented here is progressive because it has created new expectations and new social links centred around urban sustainability: the importance of the food, knowledge of the natural surroundings, educational activity, woodland improvement tasks and biodiversity conservation, inter-generational relations and networking, etc.

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Mireia Abril

Laia Capdevila Secretaria tècnica de l’Agenda 21 Escolar de Barcelona.  agenda21escolar@bcn.cat

Agenda 21 escolar Barcelona

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CoDeS Case Viladrau in Catalonia

From spring to spring. We learn from water

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It’s a main objective to open to the participation of the community encouraging the knowledge, the research and the action in the own environment and the society’s own reality. The springs as a social value and water as a natural resource, to promote education for a sustainable use: the knowledge of the natural environment from an environmental vision at the classroom and in the street; so it allows us to recover and appreciate our heritage.
Schools which add to the project choose one or more springs of their municipality to study. It’s a proposal that looks for the participation, encouraging the knowledge, the research and the action over the own environment and their own reality.



Nuria Canals, degree in Environmental Sciences. Environmental educator at viladraueducacio.com SL, Catalunya – ambiental@viladraueducacio.com

Lluís Pagespetit, degree in Pedagogy. Director at viladraueducacio.com SL and President at Vincles Foundation, Catalunya. – ll.pagespetit@viladraueducacio.com

Vall del Ges, Oris i Bisaura’s permanent training seminary teacher.

SCEA – Catalan Environmental Education Society – scea@scea.cat

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CoDeS Case Pracatinat in Italy

Building Small but Virtuous Networks. Learning sustainable lifestyles on energy consumption together

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This case is about a collaboration to create synergies among local authorities, teachers, local stakeholders, students and their parents, to design and realize responsive use of energy at home, at school and at our own work places. Three the most important issues: small but not formal networks based on dialogue and good relations among the people; the care and support of  the participants; an efficient project board and an operative coordinating team to be set up and guaranteed permanent bridges of communication.

The key actors involved created: three schools networks, two networks between schools and parents, one local institution network, one network among schools, local institutions and firms. Some activities together with pupils, families, teachers and others schools: calculation of ecological footprint; map of energy waste in the city searching images and ideas on saving energy; Agriscuola” (an open school vegetable garden).

The collaboration was developed from 2008 to 2011 and now it is restarting to continue the work, involving the same community in others measures, addressing once again to the construction of networks and working path inspired by the ESD values.

Also, it has been created a working method to develop participatory projects between local authorities and schools and new strategies of relations between teachers, students and parents. Some important schools in the network are making today a lot of activities with children, parents and people of the district of the city. To promote the integration of the families in the school and in the neighborhood and to encourage good habits, changing lifestyles problematic towards more sustainable modes. Especially “doing things together”, such as small group work, and continuing the experience learned in the process of building networks.

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Liliana Carrillo

Teacher in training courses, Pracatinat s.c.p.a. Environmental Laboratory, Educative and Training Institute of Piedmont Region, Province and City of Turin, Italy

Key actors: A. Sacco (Regione Piemonte), V. Veglia, F. Di Ciccio, E. Vincelli (Provincia di Torino), A. Ciavarra, P. Berzano, D. Viroglio (Città di Torino), F. Montani  (Cooperativa Sociale Arcobaleno), C. Galetto, F. Gigli, (Pracatinat s.c.p.a.)

M. L. Minari, Luisa D’Adami

Teachers in Scuola dell’Infanzia “Assisi” Turin and collaborators in the case study

Homepage: www.pracatinat.it

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CoDeS Case Parma in Italy

School and community: a contaminating relation

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Main goal of the experience is the starting up of unexplored and “infectious” relations among the different ports of the community (eg. Schools, University, NGOs, Companies, institutions), finalized to the development of o shared culture of sustainability, based on attention and awareness towards the environment and its management. The school, in this context, becomes o critical actor, strategic for the development of the whole community, thanks to its role both as educational agency and as promoter of sustainability (inside and outside its boundaries).


Antonella Bachiorri, Alessandra Puglisi & Guido Giombi

Italian Centre for Research and Environmental Education (C.I.R.E.A.)


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CoDeS Case Palermo in Italy

A initiative of ESD on grain between myth and sustainability From Cocalo to Demeter from grain to bread

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The focus of this collaboration is building a net between the only Sambuca public school, outside experts and local community. The collaboration has been based on school’s teachers and outside training experts, who have planned in a partecipated way the educational initiative on no formal education for sustainable development, allowing local knowledge durable conservation on grain and bread.

Esd initiative’s key actors have been children, teachers, training experts and local tradition witnesses. Even if Sambuca public school’s students and teachers belong to a rural community, they have lost local knowledge and know how on grain and bread production. Children have participated activity, demonstrating deep interest and pleasure making experience on grain cycle both on cultural and economical point of view. Teachers have opened their educational methodology to no formal approach, renewing and strengthening their professional tools.

Esd initiative’s partners were local institutional who have participated with effective contribution, also allowing visiting permissions (Sa mbuca ethno-anthropological Museum of wheat cycle, Archeological Site of Adranone Montain; Genuardo Mountain Natural Reserve; Sambuca Municipal Library), and even in an informal way partecipating activily (Regional Agriculture and Food Department, Regional Agricultural Activities Development Department, Sambuca City Agriculture and Culture Department, Regional Television -Tele Radio Sciacca).


Marcella Tomasino

Educational bio farm “Saint James”

Mauro Priano

Association “Yellow Hop — Art Science Nature”

Pietro Pizzuto

Palermo University, Faculty of Educational Science, Dip. Dismot

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CoDeS Case Lucca in Italy

Teenergy schools: European funds, national expertise, local participation

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The focus of the collaboration was the dissemination of a responsible behaviours toward energy consumption within a MED project called “Teenergy Schools”.  The Province of Lucca, with the support of Legambiente, has contacted  three high schools and has proposed  a short training plan in which the students were asked to contribute to the  “Teenergy Schools” pilot projects, offering their own proposals and ideas. Not only energy but many different aspects of SD has been touched, since teaching to students and teachers how  to improve their behaviours for a correct use of energy in schools implies, obviously, also an attention to social, economic and environmental issues.

The schools were public high, schools (a first one with about 1400 students, a second one with 640 and a third with 400). The schools are situated in different geographical areas: one in Lucca center, so in a urban area, with a sufficient attention to  environmental issues, as for example    separate waste collection. The other two schools are situated in a mountain area where the attention towards natural resources is deeper, and  the students are aware of the natural heritage they are surrounded by and of the necessity to preserve it.

The schools buildings have been constructed in the 70ies, without any energy efficiency criteria, and are now  interested by a restoration financed by the Province of Lucca which has the duty to care about them. The restoration concerns some infrastructural intervention to improve isolation and the application of some new technologies related to electric devices.

Teachers were facilitating the lessons and the activities animated by representatives of Lucca Province and Legambiente. Students were actively involved and applied the information received both at home and at school, and in the preparation for the  final ‘prize’.  For each school three group of 20 students, 17 years old,  have been involved.


Monica Lazzaroni


Francesca Lazzari


web: www.teenergy.eu

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CoDeS Case Vienna in Austria

Solar Plus – School-Community Cooperation for a Citizen Solar Plant

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The focus of the collaboration was to promote the usage of solar energy in the district with a citizen photovoltaic plant. A citizen photovoltaic plant means that citizen hold shares and receive some return on their investment. In this case the citizens acted as donators, without getting money back. Hand in hand went to learn project management tools and to use them in practice realising a self choosen project. In addition to the learning of methods the increase of knowledge about photovolatic plants was the second focus. On the one side the pupils got more knowledge and on the other side also the citizens of the district, because of the information measures organized by the pupils. In order to set up a good cooperation with different actors from outside the school, the project was carried out together with the Local Agenda 21 office, located in the school´s district.

The idea of a citizen solar plant was developed by a woman, who is an expert in solar energy and lives in the 23rd district. In the frame of the Local Agenda 21 in Vienna she founded a solar regulars table, to discuss and promote the use of solar energy in the district. On the other hand a pupil of the school Anton Krieger Gasse had the idea to enlarge the existing small photovoltaic plant and he wanted to realise it in the project management subject. The idea of the pupil was supported by his teacher and with the help of the solar regulars table a small group of adults and pupils was formed to develop this idea with the help of the Local Agenda 21.


Andrea Binder-Zehetner

Association Local Agenda 21 in Vienna, Austria,


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