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Project Guidelines CEI16

This outline should work as a frame for the CEI16 projects. It is not a list of criteria, but a suggestion to what desirably should be included in the projects.

We have based our outline for this year’s projects on the concept of problem-based learning, which is the idea of providing students with tools for independent acquisition of knowledge, skills and competences at an advanced academic level. The idea is that students learn best when applying theory and research based knowledge in their work with an authentic problem. At the same time, problem-based learning supports students in the development of their communication and cooperation competences, and in acquiring the skills required when taking an analytical and result-oriented approach.

We highly suggest that each delegation should include each of the following in their projects:

1. Each team must work problem-based and pursue a solution to an environmental or sustainable issue in their respective countries, which should be related to the conference theme “Sustainable Societies” and at least one of the sub themes: Consumption, Waste, Smart City, Sustainable Transition, Energy and Conservation & Nature

2. Each team must have an external collaboration, e.g. a company, organisation, institution.

3. On the 1st of May each team must submit a brief project description (maximum 150 words) and 2-4 photos via e-mail:

4. Each team must submit a thorough 1-3 page written documentation of their project including: thesis, process reflection, analysis, future prospects and a conclusion. The documentation must be submitted on the 19th of June via e-mail: – The documents will later on be available on This is an opportunity to spread and share the projects to all the conference participants and those CEI members who will not be able to attend CEI16. Furthermore, this is an attempt to create a virtual project library, which can be shared with CEI generations to come.

5. Each team member will have to do/be part of an oral presentation in English at the conference.

6. Each team must include considerations on how the students’ will/could continue their projects/ideas and thereby pay it forward to their respective local communities.

Project description and photos

By 1st of May please submit your 150-word project description (WORD 2010 format, single space, including name of:

  • Country
  • School
  • Teachers and students

Other Preparation

National flag
Each country should prepare TWO big national flag around 100cm
wide * 60cm high for the Opening Ceremony

Cultural Night
Each country should prepare a 5 minutes performance related to their own culture in order to celebrate different cultures at the Cultural Night.

Food and Fun Market
Each country should bring something for the Food and Fun Market – it could be eatable or something typical from your country to share or show the other participants.


It is up to you to define how consumption should be understood. An example could be how consumers can use, dispose and recycle goods and services in a sustainable way.

Links to inspire your project


Waste and wastes are unwanted or unusable materials. Waste can also be any substance, which is discarded after primary use, or it is worthless, defective and of no use after its primary use. But what is waste for primary user may not be waste for the secondary user.

Links to inspire your project

Smart City

A definition of a Smart City is a city that uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve quality, performance and interactivity of services in the urban scene. The use of information and communication technologies should reduce costs and resource consumption and improve communication and contact between citizens and government with the aim of co-creating value. In relation to the conference theme “Sustainable Societies”, elements from a smart city can be used to enhance environmental sustainability in many sectors such as government services, transport, energy, health care, water and waste.

Links to inspire your project

Sustainable Transition

This is a sub theme that includes everything within small or large cities developing into a more sustainable and environmental friendly mindset. Feel free to interpretate the sub theme as you like within the overall theme ”sustainable societies”.

Links to inspire your project


It is up to you to define how energy should be understood. There are many themes within energy such as renewable energy, available energy, fossil fuels, energy resources and many more.

Links to inspire your project

Conservation of Nature

Conservation means an ethical way of resource use, distribution, and protection of nature. When you try to conserve nature, your primary focus is upon maintaining the health of the natural world, its fisheries, habitats, and biological diversity. Your secondary focus is on materials conservation, including non-renewable resources such as metals, minerals and fossil fuels, and energy conservation, which is important to protect the natural world.

Links to inspire your project

Inspirational links:

Sustainia is a think tank and consultancy headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. They identify readily available sustainability solutions across the world and demonstrate their potential impacts and benefits in their work with cities, companies, and communities. By focusing on innovative breakthroughs, inspiring alternatives and new opportunities, Sustainia is shaping a new narrative of optimism and hope for a sustainable future that seeks to motivate instead of scaring people with gloom and doomsday scenarios. On the website you will find a variety of reports and inspiration for your projects.

CONCITO is Denmark’s first green think tank. Here you can find analyses and information on the best and most low-cost transition towards a climate-neutral society in Denmark and in other parts of the world.

IUCN is the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Find news on different topics of your interest on their website.

SustainableEnergy works for 100% renewable energy in a sustainable world. They are a member based NGO with activities in Denmark and in developing countries. SustainableEnergy was created in 1975 as a protest against plans for nuclear power in Denmark. Find information about sustainable energy at their webpage.

UNEP is United Nation Environment Program; here you can find a variety of information about our six sub themes, which could aid your project.

HDR is the Human Development Index, which is a trusted source to find information about different countries development. It also provides knowledge about countries’ environmental sustainability.

Every Second Sunday News

Every Second Sunday News is a virtual blogpost created by our “Young Reporters”: a group of youngsters in the age of 14-16 years who has been taught journalistic theory and practice. They will be posting their blog/virtual newspaper every second sunday via our Facebook group. The idea is to interview current and former members of CEI and thereby get different perspectives on what to expect from a CEI Conference. The newspaper will also include other interviews and inspirational articles. The Young Reporters will also cover the conference with a daily newsfeed and interviews of the delegates.

You can read Every Second Sunday News here:

Every Second Sunday News.vol 1.0
Every Second Sunday News vol. 2.0
Every Second Sunday News vol 3.0

Do you have a question or a request?

Please do not hesitate to mail us on the addresses below: Elisabeth Jørgensen Brun Lill Christensen

Address Aalborg youthschool Godthåbsgade 8 9400 Nørresundby Denmark

We are a part of the Global Network of Secondary School Teachers and Students active in Environmental Education – Caretakers of the Environment International