SAUCE - Schools at University for Climate and Energy

(funded by "Inteligent Energy Europe")
Contact:Lukas Kranzl
Project Team:Raphael Bointner, Manfred Duchkowitsch, Lukas Kranzl, Nanna Nora Sagbauer
Sep 2008
36 months
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Shaping a sustainable future with a safe and secure energy supply is one of the most pressing policy challenges confronting us, in the face of the combined impact of climate change, peak oil, and safety issues – illustrated by the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The transition to a sustainable energy system will need support from local communities as well as national and global policymakers, so calls for both political and social change. We must adapt energy policy to encourage the use of renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiency. More generally speaking, we need to develop policy that fosters changes towards a carbon neutral economy. Socially, we need to convince people to join in this transition effort – as individuals and family members, as consumers, as citizens, as professionals, as managers or as policy makers. To do this, we must help people of all ages to develop an understanding of energy issues and to engage in sustainable behavioural solutions. This requires practical examples and, particularly for young people, role models to learn from and emulate, now and in the future. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a key means of attaining this goal, as recognized in UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–14). Education can help raise awareness about energy and climate issues and support the development of skills and behaviours based on sustainable values. The SAUCE – Schools at University for Climate and Energy – programme, in the spirit of ESD, introduces children to the problems, but focuses primarily on solutions, and children’s role in them. The programme also introduces teachers to innovative ways of integrating climate and energy topics into the curriculum, and the school, after participating in the SAUCE programme. Finally, SAUCE serves to identify and develop networks of local climate and energy educators who help deliver the programme, and who can serve as a resource for schools between programmes. Researchers from seven European universities show, here, how they can assist in this vital task. The researchers, whose professional background is in energy policy analysis and economics, previously addressed mainly policy makers and university social science students, not children. But with SAUCE, they have developed an innovative format with a wide range of sometimes unorthodox approaches to make the abstract themes of climate change and energy tangible and accessible to schoolchildren. They have invited schools to the universities, and introduced the pupils to the academy as a place for critical reflection, learning and research. The format of the programme shows how the full range of disciplines, from the arts to the natural sciences, contributes to awareness and understanding of energy and climate issues. Combining these approaches allows a variety of experiential approaches to learning and teaching, kinaesthetic, visual and aural, geared to find a way of sparking the children’s interest and providing fertile ground for their engagement in a sustainable future.
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SAUCE Handbook English:
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SAUCE Handbuch deutsch:
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