Hans-Schwier-Berufskolleg: Commitment at Gelsenkirchen vocational college

At Hans-Schwier-Berufskolleg (vocational college) in Gelsenkirchen, teachers and students successfully implement climate protection projects together. The students identify areas of activity, assess possible climate protection effects and target their projects at exactly those areas where the greatest climate protection effect can be achieved: energy and mobility.

The financial means for the realisation of this climate protection involvement come from BP Europe SE’s "Klima & Co" ("Climate & Co") energy saving competition, among other things. Within the context of the competition, the students introduced their energy saving and mobility ideas and presented them to a jury. Taking part has been worthwhile, as the prize money of 20,000 euro can now be used directly to further implement the projects.

Engine for progress:

  • students as multipliers for climate protection
  • training-related projects
  • direct improvements at their own school

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Photo: KlimaExpo.NRW

The students advise each other on which forms of transport make sense. Car pooling or travelling on local public transportation protect the environment and the wallet.

The way to school – mobility as an important topic

A large number of the students live off campus and therefore travel to college by car. Here, experienced students act as mobility advisers using the "mobility suitcase", a mobile office, to show new fellow students alternatives to travelling to college by car. These can be combinations of trains and local public transport, carpooling centres, city bikes and many more. They are also working on a carpooling centre for the college. Moreover, the college's own charging station for e-bikes is increasingly being used.

Projects close to everyday life

In addition to mobility, there is much potential in the area of energy saving within the college building. Because of this, for example, 1,000 fluorescent lamps are being replaced with LEDs and the construction of a small windmill to generate electricity for the college is also envisaged. At the college, future tradesmen are being instructed in more than 20 different occupations requiring formal training. It is no wonder that, for example, the future façade assemblers have also turned their attention to the exterior of the college. A green wall system was promoted within the context of an earlier project, whereby a natural climate envelope was created for the building.

Sustained learning effects

Hans-Schwier-Berufskolleg vocational college provides a perfect example of the learning effects that can be achieved by committed students. KlimaExpo.NRW was convinced by this project and accepted the first school as a qualified project. The current level of commitment of the future tradesmen provides hope that they will also continue to pursue climate protection in the future.

Photo: private

“In school, it is possible to build awareness from a young age and harness the creativity of the pupils in order to make small steps towards protecting the climate. The sheer imagination of these young people is fascinating and gives us reason to hope for new, effective solutions in the future.”

Volker Steinfels, teacher at Hans-Schwier-Berufskolleg

Partners and sponsors

  • Volker Steinfels (StR), Hans-Schwier-Berufskolleg
  • Egbert Stein (StD) Hans-Schwier-Berufskolleg

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