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


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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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CoDeS Case Cadeo in Italy

La chiameremo Osvaldo: Multimedia School Library

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“0svaldo” is the only territorial school Library in our area and it acts as the core of cultural and educational activity. The municipalities of Cadeo and Pontenure, our students’ families and, through targeted projects, the Provincial Administration of Piacenza, the Piacenza and Vigevano Foundation, The Regional School Office and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) are involved in the collaboration.

The Istituto Comprensivo di Palermo is the holder of the idea, of the project and provides the staff in service. The project is coordinated by a management team responsible for its realization, which includes the headmaster, 8 teachers of the Institute, the majors of the municipalities, the councilors for school policies and two parents.

The library was built in 2007 as an extension of the existing school, by the municipality.


Angelo Bardini e Graziella Ginepreti

ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO DI CADEO (Roveleto di Cadeo, Piacenza, Italy)

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CoDeS Case Budapest in Hungary

Environmental science in the dormitory

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This case is interesting because it shows how we can suit environmental education and sustainability thinking into a pedagogical program of a dormitory which originally has got a profile in economics. Since 1985 environmental science is incorporated into the educational methods and the local curriculum of the institute. A network with a range of external partners, for example the museums in Budapest was built up gradually.

Environmental education is driven by study circles within the dormitory. Activity can be checked week by week in the Yearly Educational Plan that includes daily or weekly projects as well as projects that continuously determine the everyday life of the dorm, e.g. selective waste collection, healthy diet, caring of plants, greening the environment, environmental protection, analysis of rain-water, knowledge of homeland (including wildlife of different regions and their protection) –  all of them on the 3rd floor’s corridor of a downtown school-building with 0 € budget.

Joint activities address the economic factors and challenge for community-building as well.

In terms of science learning, it is also a nice exemplar of inquiry based approach, which is also rare in Hungary at the moment.


Edit Lippai

Workgroup for Environmental Communication, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

 Mónika Réti

Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and development, Budapest representing Hungarian Research Teachers’ Association


case provider: Edit Lippai, she was school-psychologist and teacher for 8 years in Szent István Economical High School, Budapest, Hungary

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CoDeS Case Bayston Hill in UK

Bike it!

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Bike It is a national programme sponsored by Sustrans, a U.K. charity that focuses on sustainable methods of transportation. Now in its fourth year, a number of key partners and stakeholders all collaborated to establish the Bike It initiative  within Shropshire Local Council, Bayston Hill Parish Council, Bayston Hill Community and Oakmeadow Primary School. This case study examines how Oakmeadow Primary School actively participated in the collaboration which introduced cleaner, healthier and cheaper modes of transport when travelling to school. It evaluates the strengths and value of the Bike It Officer’s role, and the important link the officer played in ensuring the continuing development of engaging the school and community in working to change travel habits to school. Through consultation, bikes became the preferred mode of transport to and from school, thus increasing the zero-carbon journeys to school.


Jacky  Burnell

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CoDeS Case Domžale in Slovenia

Tending the school vegetable garden and promoting it locally

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The key purpose of education for sustainability (ESD) in Domžale primary school is to enable our pupils the best possible field lectures in the immediate school surroundings, which we are therefore constantly trying to design along the lines of sustainable development. The focal point of the “open-airclassroom” is the school vegetable garden. By cultivating it, the pupils directly learn the basics of manual labour, laws of nature pertaining to cultivating man-made ecosystems, and observing growth and development of plants, while also giving deeper meaning to self-sufficiency and cultivating healthy produce which they then use as ingredients in different dishes. We are actively trying to incorporate ESD on all levels in curriculum, cultivating the school garden is therefore vertically incorporated into most of the school curriculum’s natural science topics.


Katarina Vodopivec Kolar, Jelka Miklavčič, Daša Sojer

School:  Osnovna šola Domžale, Bistriška 19, SI-1230 Domžale, Slovenija

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