Schools for Sustainability - think, research, act!
A Year 7-12 competition

Umwelt macht Schule © SolStock / iStock


In teams students explore the ecological situation in their place of residence, in their street or at their school in relation to one of the following aspects: water, air quality, energy consumption, flora and fauna and waste. With concrete actions, they draw the public's attention to the existing ecological situation and propose solutions.
The project steps and evaluation criteria as well as teaching resources related to the competition can be found here:
Project steps and evaluation criteria teaching resources Remember! The project can be treated in both subject and German lessons.

All students in years 7 to 12 can participate in the competition in small teams. The competition is also open to students who don´t study German. The project documentation must be submitted to the Goethe-Institut by 1 November 2019. Please register your participation until 21 October using the form below.
Registration form Support from Experts
These experts are available to help students with questions about their project:

Porträt Elisabeth Vogel © Elisabeth Vogel

Elisabeth Vogel

Elisabeth Vogel is a hydrological modelling scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology, with a background in environmental science. Her research interests are focused on the impacts of climate change and climate extreme events (such as droughts or heatwaves) on agricultural production and water resources - in Australia and worldwide - and how humans interact with the natural world to increase or decrease the risk of negative impacts.

Portrait Melanie Bruckberger © Melanie Bruckberger

Melanie Bruckberger

Melanie Bruckberger is a Policy Officer at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in Perth. She is currently also completing her PhD, researching different ways of breaking down petroleum products using bacteria.

Portrait Mandy Freud

Mandy Freud

Mandy Freud is a PhD researcher at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College. She uses high-resolution palaeoclimate archives to reconstruct past climate variability over the last millennium. Her work involves developing Australasian and Southern Hemisphere climate reconstructions for comparison with state-of-the-art climate model simulations.

Exchange of Ideas and Award Ceremony

At the beginning of the Term 4, an exchange of ideas between teams from different states will be organized. At the same time, a jury of experts will evaluate the projects. The evaluation takes place in two categories:

Category 1: Years 7 - 9
Category 2: Years 10 - 12

Winning teams in each category receive $300 in prize money.