My name is Maria Consiglia, I teach English for building technicians at IIS Meneghini Secondary School in Edolo, a small town in the north of Italy. We live in a beautiful area in the Alps. Here the mountains are breathtaking and there are a lot of national parks and natural reserves. Students are encouraged to respect and not damage the environment, but maybe they are not aware of their impact on nature. After gathering data we were impressed about our carbon footprint, particularly in some categories such as home and transport, compared to other countries.
My students are aged 16-17 and they are studying to be surveyors. They are interested in eco-building and sustainable architecture, they have not participated in any international project before, and I think this may be a good opportunity for them to think about what they can do to reduce their energy consumption, and to share opinions and solutions, with other students of different countries, to minimize the global environmental impact.