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Environmental education has always been one of the strengths of the dialogue between the A2A Group and local communities. Centred on the subjects of sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable sources, the prevention of waste and differentiated waste collection, the protection of the environment and the water heritage, this represents a constant commitment for the Group which is implemented in synergy with educational establishments and local administrations in order to turn today’s youngsters into tomorrow’s aware and active citizens.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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Who

A2A

Where
Brescia

Recipients
Primary and secondary school students in Brescia
Television programme “Get to know energy”. The fourth edition of the television challenge on energy efficiency topics promoted by A2A in conjunction with the broadcaster Teletutto. The programme, on the air on Saturdays, was broadcast from February to May 2012. In 2011 A2A looked after the classroom preparation of the classes involved.
In each programme two of the eight teams from the primary schools and two of the eight teams from the state and equivalent-standing secondary schools met on a knock-out basis, with a total of over 300 pupils being involved.

XV Provincial Conference on environmental education.
A2A attended and supported the main Brescia event dedicated to environmental education in schools: a time for presentation and an exchange of views on the myriad projects and teaching paths of an environmental nature that have been introduced into Brescia’s schools. Not only theory but practice too, with afternoon laboratories set up by teachers and pupils.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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Who

A2A Calore & Servizi

Where
Brescia and Bergamo

Recipients
Students of second grade technical-scientific institutes

 “A network for sustainability”. Two workshops in Brescia and in Bergamo on energy saving, cogeneration and district heating, with the aim of promoting the key role of schools in environmental education and involving pupils, teachers and residents in the questions of energy saving, renewable resources and sustainability. Around 350 students were involved.
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Who

Aprica

Where
Brescia, Bergamo and provinces

Recipients
School students of all grades.
 

Competitions for schools. In school year 2010-2011 Aprica developed environmental education projects dedicated to schools and carried out direct intervention at schools of all grades, aiming at encouraging the awareness of problems relating to proper waste management. Particular success was achieved by the competitions for schools “Green Quiz and Green School” in Brescia and “The school does not refuse” in Bergamo, which together with other initiatives involved around 3,000 pupils coming from 150 classes and 51 schools.

DVD on waste recycling wins an award at Mediastars.  In conjunction with De Agostini, Aprica created a DVD dedicated to first grade primary and secondary schools with the name “RECYCLES - Waste is converted”, an imaginary journey in the world of refuse to discover the benefits of differentiated collection and recycling. Presented at the XVI edition of the Mediastars competition, the DVD was awarded the Specialstar prize for direction in the Audiovisual Techniques section.
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Who
AMSA

Where
Milan

Recipients
Primary and secondary school students and university students
Environment School Project. AMSA has been dedicating attention for more than twenty years to the school world on the topics of the environment and waste, involving an increasing number of schoolchildren to arrive at 3,600 students in 2011, divided between primary schools (41%), secondary schools (56%) and universities (3%). For a trial period in 2011 meetings were organised in the Milan schools together with the Voluntary Ecological Guards and the Area Sweeper, in addition to visits to the Mobile Environmental Centre (a travelling mini-recycling plant). AMSA’s didactic offer included activities at schools and teaching information to educate young children and direct them towards having a responsible approach to the city and the environment.
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Who
Ecodeco

Where
Province of Pavia

Recipients
Secondary school students

Ecoschools on the Network.  A project supported by Ecodeco and developed in school year 2010-2011 in collaboration between the Province of Pavia, the A. Volta Higher Educational Institute of Pavia, the Maserati Higher Educational Institute of Voghera and the First Circle State Teaching Department of Pavia.
The schools involved worked on four subjects (biodiversity, aware consumption, energy saving, waste), selecting work of various kinds ranging from research to the practical testing of the forms of reusing waste, the production of videos and the thermal analysis of buildings.
The final forum was held in Pavia on 27 May. The work performed was collected together and published in a booklet with a CD-Rom that goes into further detail.

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Who
Aspem

Where
Varese

Recipients
Primary and secondary school students
Guided tours of plants and intervention in the classroom. ASPEM has been active for more than ten years in the educational sector and in the schools of the municipalities it serves, with awareness initiatives on water saving, environmental awareness, differentiated collection and recycling. With its visiting programme Aspem links guided tours of its plants and the possibility of customised learning paths with classroom teaching carried out by A2A experts. Fourteen interventions were carried out in 2011, involving 27 classes and around 560 schoolchildren.