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Through play, children in Skanderborg are learning the importance of sustainable behavior and how they can contribute to a greener world.

In Skanderborg, sustainability is discussed not only at top level, but also by the municipality’s children. For the third consecutive year, nurseries in Skanderborg have joined forces in the fight against climate change. Their ambition is to
turn the municipality’s little ones into the green climate action heroes of the future. Through games, songs, contests and stories, the children learn about how to reduce food waste, sort waste, and respect nature, as well as how to upcycle old products into toys and art.


This year, 11 nurseries are participating in the project. To ensure that they can all learn from each other’s experiences, the nurseries contribute to an inspiring ideas catalog filled with brilliant ideas for child-friendly activities. The ideas catalog is shared among all the nurseries and is freely available online. As an outcome of the project, several nurseries have integrated climate initiatives
into their day-to-day operations. The result? The nurseries have reduced their energy bills, improved recycling rates, reduced food waste and introduced more sustainable options on the lunch menu. However, knowledge sharing is not limited to the institutions alone: the children come home with new habits and knowledge, thereby having a positive impact on the actions of their parents as well.

In 2017, the final exhibition was held at the town hall. The mayor opened the exhibition, which involved children from all the nurseries in the project.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Quality Education

Engaging children in their own futures is essential to achieving a more sustainable world. Through this project, kids learn from a young age how sustainable lifestyles can be achieved.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Children are encouraged to reduce their food waste through competitions. A nursery that reduces food waste by 2% corresponds to a saving of 10kg of food per child.

Partnerships for the Goals

The children have learned about waste management by visiting the local waste company, hearing stories from the local museum and putting on exhibitions at nursing homes.