Take part in our Spitzbergen School Sustainability Contest and earn 1500€ to reduce CO2 emissions in your school!
Investigate with your pupils the solutions to climate change and ocean acidification: how can we stop emitting CO2 in the atmosphere? This requires huge changes both at the global, country and individual levels! Our Contest calls for daring ideas and experiences directly reducing CO2 emissions from your school community – e.g. through a school Agenda 21 or an eco-school (www.eco-schools.org)
Send us your project ideas & achievements – we will display them on the walls of the Northernmost research station in the world, and on June 5 – the World Environment Day – scientists in the Arctic will meet, discuss your projects and give feedback, symbolic awards and a special prize of 1500€ to the school demonstrating the highest potential for emissions reductions – corresponding to CO2 travel offset money from CarboSchools and EPOCA.
Instead of buying classical offset credits available on the market, EPOCA & CarboSchools want to stress the role of education in achieving sustainability and hope to see their travel emissions compensated by actual reductions in the awarded school, through concrete changes in e.g. energy use, food or transport, including through impacting large numbers of pupils’ families. The amount of 1500€ include voluntary contributions both from individual participants at the CarboSchools conference & spring school in Jena in April 2010, and from research institutes sending EPOCA scientists to Spitzbergen in June 2010.
Applications must be sent by 1st June 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org with full contact details & the following information:
1) project ideas / description (how will you reduce CO2 emissions in your school?)
2) an estimation of the quantity of CO2 you expect to save in 1 year & how you calculate it
3) budget indications – what will you use the award money for?
Applications should be submitted in English but additional materials in other langages are welcome. They will be published on this blog and reviewed by 5 June in Ny Alesund by a committee of voluntary scientists. Funding will be subject to two conditions by the awarded school:
1) providing an invoice
2) commitment to send an assessment of the actual reduction of CO2 observed within one year
Applications are open to any primary or secondary school in Europe.
NB! as we launch this contest, we have no idea of the number of entries we will receive. We can’t promise to react to all of them – but will make our best!