The Netherlands





Following information contains insights about the peer trainings in the Netherlands and gives examples for the ideas the young people had about the topic of energy saving and IT.




E-Waste race in the Netherlands
Impressions from one participating school

E-waste race and useITsmartly


45 schools from 4 different Dutch cities collected a total amount of 53.430(!!) old and broken electronic household-appliances!


The schools participated in the E-waste race, a local competition and education project. The E-waste race aims to improve awareness about electronics recycling while providing an actual contribution to recycling.

Per city 10 schools competed in an E-waste race to collect as much old electronics as possible. This way the materials from these appliances can be reused through recycling. The winning school per city won a cool school trip to a Science Museum.


The E-waste race organization is very proud of the result of the 45 schools that participated! An enormous amount of people was reached and they saved 53.430 collected household-appliances from incineration!


Students at the Dutch Montessori College in Amsterdam finished their Smart IT Coach training.


24 students (aged 14-18 years) finished their Smart IT Coach training. For 10 weeks, they spend each Tuesday morning on this training from the Dutch Use IT Smartly-team and their own teachers, Mark Souwer and Frank Koekkoek. Thanks to them we could integrate the training with a regular school programme (both in terms of content, as well as evaluation/examination).


The students have done an IT Tear Down Workshop, developed ideas for multiplication activities among peers, learned about a variety of IT-related issues including material and energy efficiency, planned obsolescence, social impacts of our IT use and disposal practices, and the invisible energy consumption of our online activities. In addition, they have done some hands-on measuring and calculating of energy consumption of diverse IT applications. They visited the Smartest Home in Eindhoven, to learn all about the internet of things and how that is being used in making homes ever more 'smarter' (and asking themselves also how desirable that is/would be/could be). In addition they visited the Discovery Factory in Eindhoven, and made their own green-screen movies. In addition to these resulting films, the students are currently developing various multipliers, e.g. a waste tree, a painting, a face-book page, videos, presentations (ptt and prezi) and a game.



Students from Dutch Montessori College
Developing ideas for dissemination
Learning about efficient use of ICT
Group work
Searching for ideas for the mulitplication process



Training at the Stedelijk College Eindhoven


Students of Stedelijk College Eindhoven participated in a Use IT smartly peer training week. Six groups worked on different multipliers to reach their peers with messages around E-waste, recycling and energy use of our IT devices. The goal was to present their results in the end of the week at different schools and Universities in the city of Eindhoven. Some video's were made, a debate was organized at a youth center and two groups worked on making an Arcade-game-machine from waste. They turned an old discarded pc and a lot of waste-wood into a beautiful new gaming device they named the 'E-waste Arcade'. The Arcade was presented at the Technical University Eindhoven where many students played Mario while listening to the Smart-IT-coaches and their stories about scarce resources, the importance of sustainability, reduce, reuse and recycling.


 Here is some great video material the students made in the workshops:




















Students Communication and Multimedia Design used their creativity to make peers aware of sustainable IT use


11 students of the applied University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam participated in a peer-educator training. The first day started with a very 'hands-on' approach: an IT hardware tear-down workshop, which made them aware how difficult it is to deconstruct IT hardware without breaking it! The next day, after a lecture on Life Cycle Analysis given by lecturer Karin van den Driessche, they combined this knowledge with their own ideas to start with activities to make their peers more aware of the negative impacts that irresponsible IT use can have on our environment and society. In three groups they worked on these actitivies for the remainder of the week and on Friday they presented their results to other students at the University of Applied Sciences. Their amazing results can be viewed here on our website.




A list of our sponsors who contributed to the peer-trainings:


AEB Amsterdam (sponsored teardown materials):


Hedo Computers (sponsored teardown materials:

MTT (sponsored teardown materials):

Museum Boerhaave (sponsored museumtickets for the particpants/smart-it-coaches:

E-waste race (brought in workshop-methodology/expertise):


Karwei Eindhoven (sponsored tools for the teardown workshop):


Fudura Enexis (sponsored 40 energy meters for our peer-IT kids):