25 new climate officers trained for Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg and South Tyrol
Climate Protection Minister René Zumtobel and Climate Alliance Managing Director Andrä Stigger congratulate the graduates (Photo: Florian Lechner)
Innsbruck (A) The new climate officers agree that climate protection starts in the community. Last week, 20 people from Tyrol, three from Vorarlberg, one from Salzburg and one from South Tyrol completed the practical course organized by the Tyrolean Climate Alliance, the Salzburg Climate Alliance and the Vorarlberg Energy Institute. From September to January, the course participants completed four modules on all relevant climate protection topics. The focus was on concrete options for action for communities.
From mobility, energy and consumption to soil protection and spatial planning, the participants in the Climate Alliance course were given a broad overview of the challenges of climate change – including possible solutions. Another focus was the topic of tourism – for the first time, eight participants from tourism associations and tourism companies were represented.
“It is important to us to give the participants concrete tools to implement important climate protection measures in their communities. We have therefore designed a very practice-oriented course,” reports Andrä Stigger, Managing Director of the Tyrolean Climate Alliance. “I am pleased that we now have more well-trained climate protectors in the communities.”
In addition to well-known climate researchers such as Elke Ludewig from the Sonnblick Observatory, the participants also got to know best practice examples from Austrian communities. The program was rounded off with excursions to South Tyrolean farms. At the successful conclusion of the course, the participants developed concrete climate protection projects for their communities or organizations. A wind farm is to be built, a summer festival held as a green event, e-car sharing offers created and the resource consumption of a hotel optimized. “The training gave me the courage to introduce and implement sustainable projects in my community,” says Sara Mitterwallner from Silzer.
Climate protection councilor René Zumtobel is also pleased with the commitment of the participants: “Protecting our climate and mitigating climate change can only succeed if everyone boldly moves forward in their sphere of influence, changes their own actions and inspires others – I am convinced of that. The graduates of the course now have the necessary tools to focus on sustainability in their communities and associations and to bring about important changes to protect our living space. I warmly congratulate everyone and wish them every success in their very important work!”
The next course to become a climate officer is planned for 2024.
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