SCHOTT again supports climate protection at schools with EUR 120,000

13 September 2022, Mainz, Germany

  • The glass specialist supplements its own climate strategy with the “Schools and Climate Protection” funding project
  • Schools should develop creative ideas for climate protection
  • The best projects will be rewarded with up to EUR 20,000

The international specialty glass manufacturer SCHOTT AG wants to become climate neutral by 2030. Under the motto "Together for the Climate," the company is once again combining its own efforts with the "Schools and Climate Protection" funding project in the regional vicinity of its six German sites. “We would like to support schools in raising awareness of the problem of climate change among students and motivate young people to come up with their own solutions for more climate protection at their school,” explains Chairman of the Board of Management Dr. Frank Heinricht. SCHOTT will be rewarding the best ideas with up to EUR 20,000. The “winning ideas” are to be implemented with these funding amounts.

In the picture: Salvatore Ruggiero, Vice President Marketing and Communication of SCHOTT AG (left), and the Mainz site manager Dr. Christian Mias (right) congratulate students from the Wilhelm Leuschner School in Mainz-Kostheim, the winning team of the 2021/22 competition in the Mainz region.

Two SCHOTT business executives present a check to a group of teachers and students from Mainz, Germany
Photo: SCHOTT AG / Alexander Sell

At the start of the new school year, SCHOTT invited around 120 schools in the vicinity of its six German locations to take part in this funding project for the second time. It is aimed at grades 5 to 13 at secondary schools in the regions of Mainz, Grünenplan, Jena, Landshut, Mitterteich and Müllheim.

Until the end of November, the students have the opportunity to develop and submit project ideas with the support of their teachers. SCHOTT will reward the best ideas at each of the six locations with up to 20,000 euros. The “winning ideas” should then be realized with this funding amount.

"We are again very excited to see what creative ideas the students will develop," says SCHOTT employee Sara Castellano-Pfaff, who is responsible for the funding project. The project team also includes employees from each German location who coordinate the company's social commitment on site. The team will evaluate the submitted ideas based on specified criteria. These include the aspects of sustainability, innovation and creativity, team performance and commitment, approach to problem solving, practical feasibility and the quality of the project description.

SCHOTT Förderprojekt Schule & Klimaschutz

Pioneering – responsibly – together

These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and became the pioneer of an entire industry.Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this is what has driven the #glasslovers at SCHOTT for more than 130 years. Represented in 34 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances & Living, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors & Datacom, Optics, Industry & Energy, Automotive, Astronomy & Aerospace. In the fiscal year 2021, its 17,300 employees generated sales of 2.5 billion euros. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group's dividends to promote science. As a foundation company, SCHOTT has anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate-neutral company by 2030.

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