Recommendations for a climate-sensitive learning mobility
→ Use less paper and re-use paper whenever possible (e.g., by using the other side, too). Instead of providing a printed programme to everyone, produce a poster and display it in a central loca- tion. → Agree with the whole group to turn off appliances when not in use and turn off lights when not in the room.
→ Create awareness about the energy that is needed for the use of online tools, e.g., streaming.
→ Avoid plastic wherever possible.
Many young people would choose climate-friendly accommodation when going abroad.
→ Produce as little waste as possible. Recycle the waste if possible.
→ Before booking a venue, check the venue owner’s background. Check whether sustainability and decent working conditions are relevant to them. Prefer venues that are owner-operated/non-profit over those owned by big companies.
→ Clearly label waste separation and recycling bins. Use colour coding and place the bins in a clearly visible position. → Re-use materials when possible. For instance, you can do an exercise with the group to collect ideas on what can be re-used during the activity. → Explain that water is a sensitive resource and discuss options to save water, for example when showering. Maybe there is a water meter available in the venue that can be used? Think about a resource-sensitive way to advertise, e.g., online instead of printed flyers
→ Camping might be an option.
→ Aspects in the selection of environmentally friendly venues can be energy supply, energy efficiency, (building) materials, catering offered (see the section “Food” above) and waste management. → There is currently (2022) no satisfactory search option for sustainable meeting venues. However, on some platforms sustainability aspects can be included when searching for accommodation. Try to find locations with environmental certificates such as Green Key. → Choose a venue with good possibilities for cooling down the room by opening the windows instead of having to use air conditioning.
→ Carbon offsetting is criticised by some for not having the hoped impact. Another option is to donate directly to NGOs that advocate for carbon-neu- tral transport. When you discuss these options, explain that making a donation does not compen- sate for the flight itself. Also, you can discuss with the participants how to deal with carbon offsets. If you decide in favour of carbon offsetting, you can motivate the participants to contribute to the costs by earning the amount to be paid, or realising an activity to earn it. → Choose a venue in such a way that once at the project, activities can take place nearby. If the venue is close to a train or coach station, arrival and departure are less CO 2 -intensive. → To remain mobile during the activity, use public transport or bikes if possible.
Managing resource and ener- gy consumption Energy production and large waste volumes were seen by the young people as one of the factors causing climate change. → Think about a resource-sensitive way to advertise and apply for the activity, e.g., online or using a poster with a QR code instead of printed flyers.
→ Use eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries.
→ Choose a venue with rooms with as much natural light as possible and less need for electric light.
→ For activities during summer when it is hot: Think about other ways of cooling down the room before turning on air conditioning. If possible, organise as many activities as possible outside in natural shade. → When heating is needed, use an energy-efficient way to air the room (brief shock ventilation by opening opposite windows and doors instead of tilting windows open for a long time) and explain it to the group. Avoid heating unused rooms.
→ Ask the venue about their measures regarding sustainability. If there are no such measures, discuss with them what can be done during your stay. Check whether sustainability aspects can be included in your agreement with the venue.
→ Check for ways to get more financial support when travelling by train or coach.
→ Use digital participant management.
→ Put documents online in advance rather than print them out.
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