“Going Green” is a major national campaign geared at secondary schools and builds on experts, teacher trainings and web 2.0 innovative teaching tools.
On December 5, 2014, Ambassador Emerson presented awards to more than 200 German high school students for their sustainability action plans at the final event of the U.S. Embassy Going Green Project at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Berlin. The goal of the Going Green project is to compare environmental sustainability approaches in both the United States and in Germany, to examine U.S. initiatives on the local and state level, and to consider green initiatives in the students’ own regions.
Since September about 1,000 teachers and their students all over Germany have been working on green issues by using tailor-made classroom materials on an e-learning platform established by the U.S. Embassy in close cooperation with LIFE e.V. and Leuphana University Lüneburg. The year-long “Going Green – Education for Sustainability” blended learning project included teacher training seminars in 14 German states. Some teachers partnered with U.S. schools and collaborated with them via e-mail, skype, chat rooms, and internet platforms. The entire project was conducted in English.