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National Environment Competition: Five main prizes and 13 special prizes

September 26th, 2022

The best projects in this year's National Environment Competition (BUW) have been selected:

A total of five main prizes, the highest BUW prize category, were awarded to projects from Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia. Thirteen special prizes, the second highest award in the competition, went to projects from Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia and Schleswig-Holstein.

Participants in the competition for the best 18 projects were honored for their achievements at a ceremony on September 24, 2022, at the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven as part of this year's BUW awards ceremony. Fortunately, the awards ceremony took place in person for the first time since 2019.

The main and special prizes were presented by Dr. Fritz Heidorn (science educator, book author and member of the BUW I competition jury) and Prof. Dr. Wilfried Hoppe (Head of the Institute of Geography and Professor of Geography Education at Kiel University and member of the BUW II competition jury). The projects were awarded in the presence of Arne Dunker, Managing Director of the Klimahaus, who also gave the keynote speech.

This year's 32nd BUW round attracted a total of 259 project entries from 879 youths and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. The competition entries submitted show that, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, young committed people have worked on innovative projects with important and topical issues relating to sustainable development and environmental protection, such as climate change, resource conservation, and species and water protection.

 

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Award winners:inside after the award ceremony in the 32nd National Environment Competition in the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven. Photo: MAP - Markus Abeling Photography

Award winners:inside after the award ceremony in the 32nd National Environment Competition in the Klimahaus® Bremerhaven. Photo: MAP - Markus Abeling Photography

The annual competition honors students and young adults whose projects get to the bottom of environmental problems and address them with creativity and commitment in line with the competition motto "Beginning with knowledge and ending with sustainable action."

BUW is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and organized and carried out by the IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel. The competition is recommended by the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK). Special thanks go to the BUW jury members and the coordinators of the competition in the federal states as well as the competition sponsors, whose commitment contributes significantly to the success of BUW.

IPN contact:
Dr. Marc Eckhardt
Competition Manager National Environment Competition