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Developing Resource Competence – Anchoring Resource Conservation and Efficiency in the German Education System

  • Carolin Baedeker
  • Holger Rohn
  • Michael Scharp
  • Jaya Bowry
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Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 32)

Abstract

Commissioned by the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt), the project “Identifying and Developing Opportunities for All Areas of Education in the Fields of Resource Conservation and Resource Efficiency” (BilRess) contributed to raising awareness for resource conservation and resource efficiency by further incorporating these subjects in all areas of education in Germany. After an inventory analysis of existing offerings on resource conservation and resource efficiency, the areas in need for action have been successfully identified and possible approaches for different educational contexts were suggested. Based on this, the “Road Map Resource Education” was developed. This lays the foundation for the integration of the subjects resource conservation and resource efficiency. Concurrently, the BilRess website (www.bilress.de) and the network “Education for Resource Conservation and Resource Efficiency” was created.

The project was funded through the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) within the context of the Ufoplan 2012 (FKZ 371293103). After the closure of the project, the BilRess-Network continues to be carried out in the framework of the “Kompetenzzentrum Ressourceneffizienz 2015–2019” (Competence Centre for Resource Efficiency 2015–2019), which is run by the VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI ZRE). This paper outlines the course of the project and presents its results. It focuses on developing recommendations, strategies and best practices for further anchoring the subjects resource conservation and efficiency in the German educational system. Additionally, the development of the BilRess-Network is outlined and a forecast on the topic of resource education is provided.

Keywords

Resource efficiency Resource conservation Resource education Competencies Roadmap for resource education Network 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolin Baedeker
    • 1
  • Holger Rohn
    • 2
  • Michael Scharp
    • 3
  • Jaya Bowry
    • 2
  1. 1.Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. [Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie]WuppertalGermany
  2. 2.Faktor 10 – Institut für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften gemeinnützige GmbHFriedbergGermany
  3. 3.IZT – Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment [Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung]BerlinGermany

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