Essen/Berlin, November 27, 2017. The non-profit association, BildungsCent, and the energy service provider, ista, are starting a nationwide education initiative to make pupils aware of the subject of climate protection. In total, 100 secondary schools throughout Germany are to be equipped with appropriate learning materials (climate boxes).

Using the climate box, pupils can become active themselves in climate protection – for example, by detecting energy weak points in the school building using various metering devices or by implementing their own climate protection concepts for their school with the aid of innovative learning materials.

The climate box was developed in a pilot project together with Essen pupils as part of the "European Green Capital - Essen 2017" initiative. The nationwide starting gun will sound in January 2018 following a one-year pilot and development phase. "Young people know best themselves what gets their age group enthusiastic," explains Silke Ramelow, Chairwoman of the Board of BildungsCent e.V. "For the young Essen pupils it is terrific recognition that the climate box they developed will soon be getting pupils throughout Germany enthusiastic about climate protection," she continues.

Simone Raskob, project manager of the "European Green Capital - Essen 2017" and Head of the Environment and Construction Department of the city of Essen, is delighted about the teaching initiative: "We are very pleased that the Essen pupils have developed the climate box in the year of the Green Capital. Through it, Essen is making yet another sustainable contribution to climate protection beyond the city limits."

The energy service provider, ista, is providing the various devices for metering energy consumption. This company's experts are also helping with the planning and holding of the workshops and with the work in the project groups. "In times of climate change, every one of us is called upon to use valuable resources in a careful and responsible manner. Climate protection and energy efficiency are therefore important education subjects and should be part of the curriculum," says Thomas Zinnöcker, ista's CEO.

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