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Online voting for creative energy saving projects in schools

Today is the start of two very interesting online polls on the topics of energy saving, energy efficiency, renewable energies and green technologies in general. I will look at the many nominees for the GreenTec Award in individual articles and present them together, but I would like to draw your attention to the vote, which will run until May 10th.

In the other online voting, the 16 winners of the 2013 energy saving champion competition from the federal states are now fighting for the national victory. Until May 5th, Internet users can vote for which school will be “Energy Saving Champion Gold” and win great prizes themselves.

Nationwide, students are fighting for a good climate

As energy-saving detectives, they reduce the energy consumption at their school, found running groups for the way to school, inform the neighborhood about climate change or rely on renewable energies. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Energy Saving Champion competition, co2online searched for the best school project from each federal state for the first time this year and awarded 16 schools the title of “Energy Saving Champion 2013”.

The students were very creative and organized exhibitions, gave advice to fellow citizens and families, gave out tips on saving energy, did handicrafts, started waste avoidance projects or moved a wind turbine to a more suitable location. Dealing with the topic of energy plays a major role in all projects, but practical implementation is just as important as theory. In this way, the energy consumption in schools and parents’ homes could be reduced, in some cases considerably. Energy-saving partnerships with parents, for example, have been able to ensure a mutual benefit. The topics of nutrition, waste and transport were also included for the students. Even if the title is about saving, renewable energies also played a role for the participants from the individual federal states – for example, income from the school’s photovoltaic system was used for a development aid project or the bicycle racks were illuminated with solar lamps.

A total of 200 schools had applied with their projects. From now on, the 16 energy saving champions will be fighting for the national victory and an additional prize money of 2,500 euros. At www.energiesparmeister.de, all Internet users can vote for their favorites and win great prizes until May 5th. The main prizes: 2 Giant bicycles and a Panasonic camera!

Sponsors from business and society support students

The newly crowned energy saving masters receive communicative support for the online voting from their godparents. This year’s sponsors of the competition are: Albert Berner Deutschland GmbH, atmosfair gGmbH, Bionade GmbH, Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft eV as part of “Sun Week”, Cofely Deutschland GmbH, eins energie in sachsen GmbH & Co. KG, climate protection agency energiekonsens, Ferropolis GmbH, HORNBACH-Baumarkt-AG, State Institute for Education and Media Saarland, mp-tec GmbH & Co. KG, NORDWIND Energieanlagen GmbH, Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH, Savings Banks and Giro Association Hesse-Thuringia, Soledos GmbH and Thuringian Energy and GreenTech Agency.

The winner of the special award “Measurable Success”

The Aitrachtal elementary and middle school in Mengkofen won the special “Measurable Successes” prize. Between 2006 and 2012, the school was able to reduce its heating energy consumption by more than 50 percent and its electricity consumption by more than 30 percent since 2007. With the help of the “Energy savings account for schools”, which is available free of charge for all schools at www.energiesparclub.de/schule, the school was able to clearly document its savings.

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