“Our climate challenge gives this kindergarten real hope for the future.”
Success story | Øya Barnehage
Industry: Municipal Kindergarten
Location: Trøndelag, Norway
Number of co-workers: 41
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The forty-one staff at Øya kindergarten wanted to sort out their own eco priorities before inspiring the children. So they turned to Ducky for help in creating a custom climate challenge.
Six months after the competition, many of the participants still continue to practice the carbon saving tips they learned during the competition.
«I still feel like I’m contributing, even though the competition has now finished,» says Anette.
Did Øya kindergarten make a difference? You bet!
Their Ducky Climate Challenge started just a day after autumn term began, and it proved to be a great way to raise awareness for those who participated.
«We split into five teams, with one administration and four departments. Some people had changed department after the summer holidays, so we also took the opportunity to use the competition as a team-building event, to get to know each other better,» says Anette, Department Manager at Øya barnehage.
The staff members competed against each other with real passion, and managed to save an incredible 5 185 kg CO2e in just two weeks. That’s about the same as flying from Tokyo to Lisbon and back again!
The power of a shared challenge
The great thing about this challenge was how competitive and yet collaborative it was. At times it became very competitive, but even so all of the participants made sure to motivate each other to do more. Once again the Ducky challenge proved how effective it is for creating real climate engagement within an organization.
Mari Kristine Strømmevold was one of the most passionate participants in the climate challenge and her team eventually won the whole competition. She was also voted ‘Hero of the Day’ after she managed to save 18.35 KgCO2e by carrying out 16 carbon reducing activities in a single day.
«As a competitive person, a cyclist and vegan, this was really the perfect challenge for me!» explains Mari with a smile.
In addition to becoming the talk of the town, several of the teams really took the competition to heart and created groups on Facebook. In these groups they shared, among other things, climate-friendly food recipes with each other.
Supporting each other in this way developed a wonderfully collaborative and encouraging atmosphere, which strengthened everyone’s team spirit.
Individuals working together with real passion
Head of Unit, Gunn Kristin Hansvold, explains more. «At Øya Barnehage we think it’s important to always start with ourselves. We can all contribute something, and we all have our own climate footprints to address. The process in this Championship helped build everyone’s awareness of the issues, and about the small steps that can contribute to a more sustainable future.»
Ducky brought all the co-workers together in one fun exercise to learn about their personal impact and take real meaningful action.
Planning for their eco future
The kindergarten had already moved into new climate friendly premises in 2016. The new solid wood building demonstrated how important a sustainable future is to the school. The Climate Challenge therefore slotted into that philosophy perfectly. And the future looks even more promising.
«We hope to include the whole kindergarten, staff and children, at a later stage,» says Kjerstin Faanes, Department Manager at Øya barnehage.
In two weeks 41 employees at Øya Barnehage competed to save the most CO2e.
Your never too young (or old) to learn green habits
At Øya, they make it easy to give the children the knowledge they need to start creating a sustainable future.
By focusing on practical daily lifestyle changes, the youngsters can learn how today’s actions affect everyone’s future. Simple things like recycling, composting and the use of natural and reusable materials really make a difference.
This pioneering kindergarten points the way to future climate challenges
Øya Barnehage was the first kindergarten to carry out a Ducky Climate Challenge with its employees. They now want to encourage more kindergartens to step up and see how easy it is to be a positive force in slowing down climate change.
«The more of us there are, and the more people that understand the issue, the more we can achieve real change together,» concludes Anette.
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