48 students from Champforgeuil and Chalon-sur-Saône made aware of the preservation of water resources in Grand Chalon – info-chalon.com

48 students from Champforgeuil and Chalon-sur-Saône made aware of the preservation of water resources in Grand Chalon – info-chalon.com
48 students from Champforgeuil and Chalon-sur-Saône made aware of the preservation of water resources in Grand Chalon – info-chalon.com

The Grand Chalon created in 2020, in partnership with SUEZ and the CPIE Pays de Bourgogne, a program of activities to approach the natural and domestic water cycle in an educational way, as part of its action in terms of preserving the quality and quantity of water as well as the aquatic spaces present on its territory.

Carrier of a PCAET (territorial climate-air-energy plan), Grand Chalon is mobilized for the preservation of the environment and assumes a proactive position in favor of the ecological transition. It is therefore implementing multiple projects included in its master plans for an investment amount of 170 million euros for the next 20 years. As a reminder, Grand Chalon ensures the distribution of drinking water, the treatment of wastewater and the management of urban rainwater; part is managed by the city’s services, the other part in certain municipalities is entrusted to private companies including SUEZ.

The educational project of the two Marcel Pagnol schools in Champforgeuil and Citadelle in Chalon-sur-Saône presented in June 2024 is the result of theoretical and practical teaching around the preservation of water resources. It was divided into 5 sessions led by the teams of CPIE Pays de Bourgogne (Permanent Center for Environmental Initiatives) and SUEZ sanitation.

The program of interventions at school is built around the testimony of the know-how of the SUEZ and CPIE teams, focusing the subjects addressed as close as possible to the daily lives of the students:

The first two sessions take place in schools with a CPIE facilitator. Students identify and experience the different states of water in nature, and study the natural and domestic water cycle.

During the third session, the two teams (SUEZ and CPIE Pays de Bourgogne) intervene jointly in the classes. While one group repeats what they learned from the first sessions in the form of games with a view to preparing the feedback, a second discovers the missions of the SUEZ sanitation teams with the aim of preparing for a visit to a wastewater treatment plant.

The fourth session takes place in the field with a guided tour by SUEZ teams of the Chalon-sur-Saône wastewater treatment plant, as well as animation in the form of experiments with the CPIE.
The fifth and final session allows the work carried out to be presented and presented to other classes in the school, parents, and/or elected officials.

“By addressing all the issues surrounding water resources, the objective is to empower children and develop their civic spirit. Exhibitions, games and educational tools help awaken the curiosity of young people and raise their awareness of the preservation of water and the environment. Since 2009, schools in Grand Chalon have been offered a program of educational activities to raise awareness among young people of issues related to the environment and invite them to control their impact on it. Since the start of the year, Grand Chalon has raised awareness among more than 800 schools, or 40 classes, about the preservation of water resources. We are happy to welcome among them these 48 new young people aware of water issues, students from Champforgeuil and Chalon,” explains Vincent BERGERET, Vice-President of Grand Chalon in charge of water, sanitation and the major water cycle

“We are convinced that children are the future actors in the preservation of water resources. This is why we are carrying out awareness-raising operations. Since September 2023, our SUEZ teams have led tours of the Chalon-sur-Saône wastewater treatment plant with 165 students attending Grand Chalon, i.e. 7 classes from CE1 to CM2.” Émilie LE GOFF, Director of the Saône-et-Loire Jura agency of SUEZ.

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