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ISD's Environmental Sustainability Commitment


ISD's Environmental Sustainable Plan - Current Action Plan

Reduce the use of bottled water by 25% in 2023
ISD goes digital and aims to be as paperless as possible by – 10% less copy paper by end of 2023
Achieve a sustainability certification for ISD in 2023
Offer faculty and staff training in sustainability in the current school year
Establish an environmental & financial sustainability review for all field trips and any activities
Optimize ISD's CO2 footprint by reducing 10% of the CO2 emission
Buy local, minimize distances for deliveries by reducing oversee supplies of 50% by end of 2023
Install PV systems on all possible roof spaces within the the current school year 22/23
Embed education for Environmental Sustainability systematically in the curriculum by end of 23/24

ISD is a proud member of Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools is one of the largest global sustainable programmes - it starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action based learning.

Since 1994, Eco-Schools Global has been one of the largest student-led organizations in the world that focuses on producing sustainably minded, environmentally conscious citizens in 73 countries


In December 2022 and January 2023, ISD SrS students focused on completing an Environmental Review of both our elementary school and senior school campuses, gathering baseline information on biodiversity, energy and resource use, recycling efforts, and healthy living practices.

ISD students are working closely with administration, faculty and staff to accomplish these initiatives and to implement ISD's Sustainable Development Plan. Based on the resulting data, the Eco-School Committee has decided to work on three initiatives.

The Eco-School Committee's 3 initiatives

1. To use and dispose of resources and rubbish generated on ISD's campuses in a way that is environmentally friendly and sustainable for all stakeholders
2. To develop more indoor and outdoor green spaces on campus for students and staff to relax and improve their wellbeing
3. To increase use of green energy sources and limit excessive use of electricity and other resources.

History of Sustainability at ISD

1992 - Green Roofs

Green roofs are planted on all of ISD's buildings

Benefits of green roofs involve

  • Improvement of air quality
  • Improvement of drainage system
  • Increase in the lifespan of the roof
  • Boosts thermal performance
  • Helps out the environment
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1999 - Dreck Weg Tag

Dreck Weg Tag

In the early days of the annual Düsseldorf Dreck-Weg Tag, ISD was recognised for many years of commitment to keeping the streets around the school and on the way to the tram stop ("the Kittelbach project") clean. ISD was one of the first "Goldener Besen" laureates.

Read More about 1999 - Dreck Weg Tag
2002 - Agenda '21

Coined at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio in 1992. This team of students, teachers and staff worked together to raise environmental awareness and how the ISD community could contribute to positive change.

Through a change in economic, environmental and development policy, the chances of future generations to live a healthy life on earth should be made possible.

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2005 - Waste Separation

Waste separation in classrooms are implemented everywhere at ISD.

Important reasons to seperate waste include

  • limit the amount of waste
  • preserve natural resources
  • reduce garbage rottings and producing harmful gases = reduce pollution
  • conserve energy and resources
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2006 - Green Team

Agenda 21 evolves into the ISD Green team

  • Based on the Rio summit in 1992 and its global principles, the Green Team promotes sustainability, especially the environmental dimension, but also social justice and economic efficiency

Green Team Goals:

  • to make environmental awareness part of ISD policy and culture
  • to reduce the amount of water, electricity and paper used in cooperation with students, teachers, staff and the administration
  • to introduce eco friendly technology
  • to cooperate with sustainable initiatives in the local and global community
Read More about 2006 - Green Team
2007 - Solar Panels in the Senior School Campus

Solar panels are installed in the Senior School Campus.

Benefits of solar panels include

  • producing renewable energy
  • reduced use of fossil fuels and water
  • reduced air and water pollution

ISD was one of the first establishments in the region to implement solar panels and received many requests from local businesses for advice and recommendations in setting up their own systems.

Read More about 2007 - Solar Panels in the Senior School Campus
2013 - Waste Separation Station

ISD Invests in a new waste station to optimise waste separation.

Waste stations benefits include:

  • efficiency in waste collection which means less energy consumed
  • reduced transportation costs
  • reduced air and water pollution

This largely improves ISDs solid waste management.

Read More about 2013 - Waste Separation Station
2017 - Rhine Clean Up

Rhine Clean Up

From the start of the Rhine Clean-up movement ISD's students, their families and ISD faculty, staff and leadership joined efforts with Kaiserswerth institutions and with thousands of volunteers to clean up the banks of the river Rhine. Together they continue to contribute to the improvement of the Rhine's ecosystem while sharpening the awareness of the entire ISD community.

Read More about 2017 - Rhine Clean Up
2020 - New Heating Boiler with Calorific Value Boiler

ISD invests in new heating boiler for the south building and the administration building heating station with caloric value boiler.

Benefits of the new heating boiler include:

  • Makes ISD more energy efficient
  • Significantly reduces our carbon footprint

All modern, well-maintained boilers burn their fuel efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue (a pipe used to extract fumes and supply fresh air to the boiler). Modern boilers are more efficient than older boilers for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are ‘condensing’. A condensing boiler recovers more heat from the exhaust flue gas and uses it to heat the central heating water, making it more efficient than older boilers.

Read More about 2020 - New Heating Boiler with Calorific Value Boiler
2021 - More green energy at ISD

The International School of Düsseldorf has entered into a partnership with Grünwerke and Stadtwerke Düsseldorf to install two new solar power systems on the rooftops of its elementary school and senior school campuses.

Read More about 2021 - More green energy at ISD
2021 - Yellow Bin Pick Up Time

Yellow bin pick up time

Yellow Bin Pick-Up Time is the name of the elementary school recycling scheme. The students are split into 'Collection Teams' and are responsible for picking up classroom bins and emptying them into larger bins for the Hausmeister Team(facilities managers). Being actively involved helps students develop awareness and an attitude of climate responsibility, and more of ISD's recyclable waster gets recycled! 

Read More about 2021 - Yellow Bin Pick Up Time
2023 - Eco Schools

Eco Schools

ISD is a proud member of Eco-Schools.

Eco-Schools is one of the largest global sustainable programmes - it starts in the classroom and expands to the community by engaging the next generation in action based learning.

The programme’s greatest achievement is arguably the fact that it produces generation after generation of sustainably minded, environmentally conscious people. These individuals will carry the behavioural patterns they uptake under the auspices of Eco-Schools with them through life, in turn teaching the next generation the habits to make a difference.

Eco-Schools is implemented in 73 countries.

Learn more

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2023 - Electric Car Charging Station

ISD is proud to host 2 charging stations.

During school hours, the charging stations are available for our community to use. After hours, the charging stations are available for use by our external community.

Read More about 2023 - Electric Car Charging Station