At the end of May a school programme managed by Udine’s environmental and agenda 21 departments called “the Sustainable School” was organised for 600 11-14 year olds.
The programme was launched on the 28th of March with a “Local Display Day” organised together with the WWF and “Earth Hour” initiative involving 100 school children.
The aim of the programme was to promote “energy saving and sustainable behaviour”. This, from Udine’s perspective, is only possible when it improves everyone’s quality of life. The specific objectives were to educate children on energy saving and its benefits by introducing them to basic and simple rules to save energy at home and at school. The students were also invited to make their own proposals to the City.
The programme was characterised by two meetings. At the first, in April, there was an introduction to Display and the students were asked to fill in the Display questionnaire, and a specific list of energy saving actions to take for a week.
The Municipal officers and Deputy Mayor on Environment were present at the second meeting at the end of May where the children reported back on their experience on energy savings and put forward their proposals to the City. On the basis of the results of the energy saving achieved by the children it was decided to reward every school with a cheque of €100 from the “Display Bank” material, to be used for buying educational materials.