Josef Fiege Foundation once again awards environmental prize to elementary schools


The Josef Fiege Foundation has honored two elementary schools in Münster and Greven for special projects in the areas of sustainability and environmental protection. The Martin Luther School in Greven and the Clemens School in Münster won the 2023 Environmental Award, which comes with prize money of 1,000 euros.

Honor for sustainable commitment: The Josef Fiege Foundation has awarded the Environmental Prize to elementary schools for the second time. The aim of the award is to recognize pupils and their teachers who are committed to environmental protection in special projects. The Martin Luther School in Greven and the Clemens School in Münster-Hiltrup stood out from over 50 schools that were able to apply for the environmental award.

"Once again this year, we were able to get to know some impressive projects", said Christoph Mangelmans, board member of the Josef Fiege Foundation, who presented the award to the Martin Luther School together with his fellow board member Kai Alfermann. "We are impressed by the wide-ranging commitment and the special awareness that the pupils bring to topics such as sustainability and environmental protection at a young age. We adults can certainly take a leaf or two out of their book. We hope that the environmental award will provide a little extra motivation and help to further strengthen this attitude."

The Martin Luther School in Greven was able to impress the jury for the second time. After the school garden project last year, this year's award went to the "Climate and Environmental Protection Weeks", which class 4b carried out between August and October. Christina Hagemeyer, Head of Martin Luther School, said: "Our pupils worked intensively on how we can actively contribute to climate protection by making small changes to our everyday behavior - after all, we only have this one planet." The ideas they came up with together included avoiding waste, saving energy and water, driving less and buying more locally, as project manager Barbara Schulze-Mastrup reported: "Each week between the start of the school year and the fall vacations was dedicated to one of these measures, for which we created flyers and put them up in the town of Greven."


Presentation of certificates at the Clemens School in Münster-Hiltrup (from left to right): Markus Heidsick (school principal), Sebastian Quadflieg (video editing & sound), Martina Schlottbom, Christoph Mangelmans (both board members of the Josef Fiege Foundation) and Astrid Bangen (chairwoman of the school board). (Photo: FIEGE)

The Clemens School in Münster was also delighted to receive the award and prize money of 1,000 euros for its project "What does our diet have to do with the climate?". The idea for the two-day nutrition project arose from a long-term educational partnership with the Lohmann farm in Münster-Hiltrup. Together with their teachers, the pupils worked out where the food in the supermarket actually comes from, how it is produced and what all this has to do with climate protection. In addition, the children were able to prepare various dishes themselves in their classes, develop their own cookbook and record the project in a self-produced video diary. Principal Markus Heidsick said: "We are very grateful for the award from the Josef Fiege Foundation. As a school of our size, we can achieve a great deal with this amount of prize money. We will use the financial support to establish our nutrition project as a permanent institution at Clemens School in the long term." Martina Schlottbom, board member of the Josef Fiege Foundation, who presented the certificate together with Mangelmans, added: "The pupils have learned how we can make an everyday and very valuable contribution to climate protection with sustainable nutrition, and they have captured this knowledge in a great video. They have more than earned this year's environmental award."