School Carbon Footprint
According to a carbon footprint study conducted by grammar school students (class Eliane Schneeberger) in December 2012, the carbon footprint of the Gymnasium Thun-Schadau adds up to 690.3 t CO2e per year or 1.2 t per student per year. The analysis shows that commuting students, energy consumption and school materials (especially paper) account for the biggest share in school emissions.
Due to data restrictions and the limited time frame of three lessons, the results lack the absolute scientific rigor of a large-scale carbon footprint analysis as i.e. realized by myclimate Carbon Management Services. However, the overall image can be considered as sufficiently adequate as the students used methods like extrapolation from their own class data to the whole school or fast-track survey in a creative and innovative manner.
Thus, the students were able to get an insight in life-cycle analysis and carbon accounting, acquired methodological skills and scientific reasoning and a base for future carbon-reducing action in the school. Discussed projects include a vegetarian week, full-scale introduction of recycling paper, publicizing bicycle riding and clever airing of heatened spaces, and the introduction of airlock doors at the school entrance.
Climate-friendly measures already in place are i.e. the wood pellet heating system or the ban of flights for the degree excursion week (Maturwoche).
Learn more about this and two more projects of the Gymnasium Thun-Schadau here and enjoy the gallery: