Sustainability is an opportunity for the development of further European integration

Marie-Curie-Gymnasium (Germany) Lycée Alphonse Daudet (France) East Leake Academy (England) Ins Premià de Mar (Catalonia)

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“The world must learn to work together, or finally it will not work at all”
General Eisenhower

Using local resources: Using the organic products from a 10 km radius around the Black Forest – Comenius made a “ 10 km Pizza” “Live at home”
George Washington Carver

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“Freiburg Green City” « Freiburg’s biggest success stories, both economically and environmentally, are connected with the research and use of renewable energies. […] » (M. Geller)

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“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom - a surefire way to accomplish more for…” – Brett Harris Sustainability. Together.

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Educating the youth to strengthen our awareness about the environment. Promoting citizenship and social incorporation through eco-buildings. Austerity and efficiency are the values that La Fundació de l’Esplai uses to become a role model to other European countries due to its social and educational actions promoting the care of the environment.

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Every year nearly two billion tonnes of waste are produced in Europe: the treatment of this waste is carried out in plants of waste selection. We visited the Centre for Waste Valorization from Mataró, in Catalonia. In 2011, they collected selectively in Maresme 43.08% of the generated waste, ranking above the Catalan average, which is 40.62%.

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A good way to reduce the ecological footprint is to maximize the local and sustainable agriculture. Can you imagine how many intermediaries are needed to get the produce arrive to their consumers? Actually, more than our planet can afford, the reason why WE have to CHANGE it.

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We visited Nottingham University to look at the eco-buildings on the two campuses. The buildings we saw included roofs covered by lowgrowing alpine plants which help insulate and maintain steady temperatures within the buildings throughout the year, heat recovery mechanical ventilation systems and lighting sensors to reduce energy consumption. The many windows let in plenty of natural light, which helps to save electricity. It was an interesting visit.

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The St Anns Allotments, Nottingham, is a very special and unique allotment site. It is the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world and has recently been listed with a Grade 2* by English Heritage. The site covers 75 acres and sits in the heart of the one of the most deprived inner-city communities in the country. It is very sustainable.

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Hockerton Housing Project (HHP) is a self-sufficient co-housing development which began in 1996.The earth-sheltered homes are built with high thermal mass and high levels of insulation to eliminate the need for heating systems. Residents of the five houses generate their own clean energy to meet their remaining energy needs. They also grow most of their own food, harvest their own water and recycle waste materials. The residents are extremely self-sufficient and the project is a prime example of how we can move towards a more sustainable future. During our visit we had the chance to look around one of the eco-houses and were enformed about the entire project through an interesting presentation lead by one of the residents.

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The “Pont du Gard” : a Roman aqueduct, which was used to bring water to Nîmes.

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Bulls in “Camargue”, a wetland region, typically from the South of France.

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“Feuchères Avenue” which has been renovated by the AEF project.