Green and Child-like

Stikkord: Energi i bygg, Informasjon og kompetanse, Forbruk og avfall, Forbruksmønster, Avfallsforebygging, Trondheim

The network «Grønn Barneby» (Green City for Children) contributes to the environmental education in 111 of Trondheim’s schools and nursery schools.

The network «Grønn Barneby» (Green City for Children) contributes to the environmental education in 111 of Trondheim’s schools and nursery schools.

Trondheim got its first «Grønt Flagg» (Green Flag) school back in 2002. Today, the city holds a national record with 111 Green Flags in schools and nursery schools, all tagged with a green flag by the Green City for Children network.

- Our cooperating partners are internal as well as external. We provide contacts that can assist schools and nursery schools with the topics they’re working on, says project manager Anne Grethe Glørstad.

Together with colleague Bjørn Arild Silseth she forms the staff of Green City for Children in Trondheim. The network offers different educational arrangements, covering a range of environmental topics, to every school and nursery school in Trondheim.

Specific and Efficient

Cooperating with Trondheim’s waste management company (Trondheim Renholdsverk), Green City for Children offers services related to recycling and sorting. Services include education of teachers in schools and nursery schools in seminars, as well as students visiting waste plants.

- In spring a number of schools take part in the annual cleaning-up competition, says Bjørn Arild Siseth in Green City for Children. Students clean up the area around their schools several times, registering the amount and nature of the waste they find. Results are compared from year to year whereby Trondheim’s cleanest school is awarded.

Good Feedback

Students in Trondheim also compete in going to and from school on foot. This competition is arranged by Green City for Children in association with FYSAK, Trondheim’s physiotherapy service. Thus, starting from first grade, children are taught a good habit and realize that walking to school is not that hard. The state campaign for safer traffic («Trygg Trafikk») also contributes, knowing the value of traffic around schools being reduced.

Feedback from schools and nursery schools are of great help and makes it easier to work out practical arrangements for children and create good habits.

Blekkulf

Trondheim was awarded the status of Green City for Children in June 2004 by the organisation «Blekkulf», now called «Miljøagentene» (Environmental Agents). The city’s political and administrative management has taken this responsible seriously by establishing the Green City for Children project. The project’s two employees support schools and nursery schools in environmental education. They are also in charge of the Green Flag-network, including Green Flag schools and nursery schools.