The Local Authority of Alheim, Hesse
The small north Hessian Local Authority of Alheim has 5.300 inhabitants and is focussing on the areas of regenerative energies, nature conservation, environmentally-aware tourism, health and regional organic food, multigenerational learning and new approaches to holistic health care through a health school. Testament to these are the numerous distinctions at national and international level, for instance two European village renewal awards and two global projects at the world exhibition EXPO 2000. In addition to these, it has also received national recognition from the Robert-Bosch Foundation and the Ecology & Agriculture Foundation, among others. The municipality was a prize winner in the German "naturally regional" competition, winner of the German 2007 Solar award and was recognised as a nature conservancy and active climate protection municipality, and was rewarded at the German competition "Germany – a country of Ideas 2008". The concept behind the many model projects in Alheim is Education for Sustainable Development as a guiding principle, which Alheim is committed to in all its projects.
In Alheim it is not just a question of sustainable economic management, but is instead about how children in particular, and also adults, can be involved in ecological circuits. This is the only way to enable them to assume their responsibility to future generations and to think, plan and act sustainability. In recent years, Alheim has also shown impressively how innovative ways of thinking in the area of education can have a considerable effect when implemented into municipal action.