The “School Year for Sustainability” is only possible with a wide range of cooperation partners and by using existing structures and initiatives. The municipality supports the project because it is part of the master plan to become a green city using 100% renewable energy resources. On side of the schools the project can be linked to the on-going process of specific school curricula development.
In schools, during the everyday school curriculum, there are many activities, subjects and projects that deal with certain areas of ESD and SD. But this connection normally isn’t clearly identified and doesn’t get highlighted by the actors. The “School Year for Sustainability” interprets and builds these individual activities within the larger context of ESD, thus expanding the topics of the normal and everyday education. In the school, many teachers appreciate the project because it is run from outside. And the project appreciates their daily job and gives public attention to their unvisible work in the classroom. There are very few opportunities for (external) recognition of the educational work.
Connsidering the multiple crises such as climate, energy and financial crisis, many companies are often faced with the task to review their operations and take action towards sustainable development. In many companies some individuals and departments go ahead this task. Taking part in the “School Year for Sustainability” they earn an increasing attention and importance among the company’s internal ranking.
The Community of Frankfurt is the center of the Rhein-Main region, which is still prosperous despite of all elements of the crisis. The trade tax is one of the main sources of income of urban household for the community. But the prosperity of today is not generated sustainably, it is generated in problematic sectors such as the airport, financial services, chemical industry, trade fair, etc. The “School Year for Sustainability” sets a different accent by the urban actors and gives the urban society the chance to consider how sustainable development might look like.