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Teaching Sustainability to the Land Users of Tomorrow

17.04.2012 - (idw) Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik

The CircUse project publishes brochures for secondary schools on the topic of sustainable land management in six languages Berlin. Year by year, the amount of land consumed by developments for housing, industry, shops and transportation is on the rise. This is driven by cheaper land prices found on the periphery of the city as compared to the inner district. This trend is becoming so strong that it has reached the point of becoming an everyday occurrence. Unfortunately, such a trend causes for valuable soil to be lost through new construction. Such dispersed development also strains important infrastructure such as utilities and streets. This trend is overall harmful to the ecology, economy, and infrastructure of our cities.

New ways of engaging this problem with the younger generation was creating in the scope of the Central Europe Project Circular Flow Land Use Management (CircUse) with two the CircUse partners the Environmental Agency (UBA) of Austria and Telepark Baernbach (Austria). An experimental two-day course focusing on sustainable land use was given to students. The project was successful in creating a new method of educating future land users in secondary schools. The brochure CircUse Land Use and Environmental Effects summarizes the format and contents of this school course.

The school course presents various issues of sustainable land management to the students, such as the im-portance of saving undeveloped land. Also, the themes of how would I like to live?, comparing living standards now and then, and calculation of daily commutes are included. Throughout the course, students are engaged with these issues through group work and class discussions. An excursion to show the students actual land consumption by construction increases the effectiveness of the course.

The course, developed for school grades 9 and up, is available as a brochure in six languages (English, Polish, German, Italian, Slovak, and Czech) and can be downloaded for free from the CircUse website

The project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF. The programme is funded by the Central European Program of European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation.

More Information:

CircUse Website

Brochure for Schools

Fourth CircUse Newsletter

This text is of course free for publishing and we would be very pleased to receive a copy or link of the material!

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The German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) is the largest urban research institute in the German-speaking area and is the research, further training and information institution for cities, municipalities, administrative districts, municipal associations and planning departments.

Difu deals with all the topics which municipalities have to deal with now and in the future: whether in urban and regional development, municipal commerce, urban construction, social issues, environment, transport, culture, law, administrative subjects or municipal finances. The independent Berlin Institute, which was founded in 1973, and has another department in Cologne (Environmental Division), works on a comprehensive range of subjects on a scientific level but also in a practical way.

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Weitere Informationen: CircUse Website Brochure for Schools Fourth CircUse Newsletter (german)

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