Teachers and facilitators guide

Are you preparing your students for the future in the growing green industry?
18 million more jobs will result from implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and a shift to a greener economy goal by 2030*. Do you want to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in this new world?
If yes, join the CircularCityChallenge! This is an effective way for your students to learn about circularity and sustainability and how they can apply these principles to their own communities.

Teachers and facilitators can choose the format that fits their teaching context, such as independent workshops, cross-subject collaboration, science fairs, project weeks, green weeks, after-school activities, homework, summer schools workshops, or seminars.

*World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with jobs International Labour Office – Geneva: ILO, 2018



at 16 to 17hrs CET

Discover, Explore, and Contribute: The CircularCitychallenge Method for Sustainability and Circular Economy Education

You are invited to our webinar on the CircularCitychallenge method, a new way of teaching about sustainability and circular economy.

This method helps your students discover new values, knowledge and skills, explore local community and circularity, and contribute to positive change.

Our experts will show how to use a more personalized, organic, and innovative approach that makes sustainability education a journey of discovery, exploration, and fulfilment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the CircularCitychallenge community and transform your teaching practice.



16:00 – 16:10

How to Transform Your Teaching Practice with the CircularCityChallenge Method

Dr. Vera Marin

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, Romania

16:10 – 16:20

Reflections and Inquiries

16:20 – 16:30

Teaching Sustainability and Circular Economy with the CircularCitychallenge Method: A Step-by-Step Approach

Dr. Özlemnur Ataol and

Dr. Darian Meacham

Maastricht University, Netherlands

16:30 – 16:40

Reflections and Inquiries

16:40 – 16:50

The CircularCityChallenge Platform: An Innovative Teaching Tool for Sustainability and Circular Economy Education

Dr. Antonija Bogadi

SYNYO GmbH, Vienna, Austria

16:50 – 17:00

Reflections and Inquiries

You can register by sending an email to office@circularcitychallenge.eu

Our Vision

The CircularCityChallenge method is a new way of teaching about circularity and sustainability that is inspired by Sir Ken Robinson’s vision of education. Sir Ken Robinson was a global authority on creativity, education, and human potential. He believed that every person has unique talents and passions that should be nurtured and celebrated. He questioned the conventional education system that relies on uniformity, norms, and exams. He supported a more customized, natural, and creative approach that uses the varied resources of technology, culture, and human potential. He aimed to change education into a lifelong adventure of learning, exploring, and personal growth.

The CircularCityChallenge method follows Sir Ken Robinson’s vision by making circularity and sustainability a creative and engaging learning experience for students and teachers. The method helps students and teachers discover new values, explore local community and circularity, and contribute to positive change. The method uses a variety of digital and physical tools, platform, and resources that support the learning process and facilitate knowledge transfer and stakeholder engagement. The method also creates communities of practice that connect students, teachers, parents, community members, experts, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of circularity and sustainability. The method aims to empower students and teachers to become active agents of change in their own contexts.

Learning outcomes
After completing the module, your students will be able to:


  • Explain the value and meaning of circularity and sustainability
  • Demonstrate situations in their communities (households, schools, neighborhoods, cities) that are problematic in terms of too much linearity in the resources management, i.e. too much waste


  • Apply the process of mapping and understanding stakeholders and their relationships for selecting more circular options
  • Independently plan and implement a circularity project in their community
  • Plan actions while being very precise about the roles and describing the results in a time frame
  • Present analysis and proposal to the jury and any other audiences in a well argued manner
  • See the waste as a potential resource
  • Contribute to circularity, that includes each and every one of us in the community
  • Align the vision on the common perspective that results from collaboration, from thinking together about the present and future
  • Steer creativity – seen as innovation with available resources
  • Contribute to teamwork that enables the quality of the process and the result


The contest is open to all teachers and students who are interested in circularity and sustainability. The deadline for submitting your students’ project proposal is July 30th, 2024. The best projects will be awarded with prizes and recognition at an award ceremony in Vienna in October 2024. Travel expenses will be covered for the teams and their guardian – teacher or parent.
Don’t miss this chance to join the CircularCityChallenge and prepare your students for the future

Do you want to help your students learn about circularity and sustainability in a fun and engaging way?

You don’t need to do any training to lead the students. You only need enthusiasm, creativity and our resources to guide your students through all six steps of the contest. These resources include a handbook for teachers and facilitators, videos, articles, examples, and tips.

 If you have any questions or need any assistance for the contest, please contact the consortium members directly. They will be happy to support you and provide you with guidance and feedback. You can reach them via the contact form.


Our offer to all CCC challenge facilitators

Webinars with recognized experts on education for sustainable development

Networking opportunities and tools for preparing activities and projects with likeminded teachers and experts

“Empowering youth through 21st century education” event for teachers in October 2024


CCC participation certificate for all facilitators

CCC contribution certificate for facilitators attending at least one of our events

CCC Winning Team diploma and the trip to Awards ceremony in Vienna in October 2024

Circular economy in a nutshell

Help your students identify the circular challenge in their surroundings

Assist your students in mapping the stakeholders around their challenge

Facilitate envisioning circular futures

Support your students in designing their circular idea

Assist your students in submitting their ideas

Explain the assessment criteria and ensure that students have followed the instructions.