SCHOTT supports climate protection at schools by donating EUR 120,000

Thursday, 7 April 2022, Mainz, Germany

  • SCHOTT complements its own climate strategy with a “School and Climate Protection” funding project
  • Schools develop creative ideas on climate protection
  • Best projects 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 combining its own efforts with the "School and Climate Protection" funding project in the regional environment 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 over the next few months with these funding amounts.
Two SCHOTT business executives present a check to a group of teachers and students from Mainz, Germany
Salvatore Ruggiero, Vice President Marketing and Communication of SCHOTT AG (left), and the Mainz site manager Dr. Christian Mias (right) congratulate the winning team from the Wilhelm Leuschner School in Mainz-Kostheim.
Photo: SCHOTT AG / Alexander Sell
The funding project started in the fall of 2021. 17 schools in the vicinity of the SCHOTT sites in Mainz, Grünenplan, Jena, Landshut, Mitterteich and Müllheim participated. An internal SCHOTT project group evaluated the ideas submitted based on predefined criteria. These included the aspects of sustainability, innovation and creativity, team performance and commitment, approach to problem solving, practical feasibility and the quality of the project description.

“We are deeply impressed by the creative, meaningful and sustainable proposals that the students came up with the support of their teachers,” said Salvatore Ruggiero, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at SCHOTT AG, as a representative of the SCHOTT project team.

The respective site managers are currently honoring the submitted projects in local events, combined with the awarding of the funding amounts.

The best ideas were presented by the following schools:

Mainz site (Rhineland-Palatinate): Wilhelm-Leuschner Schule, Mainz Kostheim
Project “A sustainable school garden.” Amount of funding: EUR 17,500

Grünenplan site (Lower Saxony): CJD Christophorusschule Elze
Project “Trees for the climate – sustainability in schools.” Amount of funding: EUR 18,000

Jena site (Thuringia): Otto-Schott-Gymnasium, Jena
Project “Climate-neutral to school – bicycle loan and repair workshop.” Amount of funding: EUR 20,000

Landshut site (Bavaria): Staatliche Realschule Landshut
Project “Drinking tap water is climate protection.” Amount of funding: EUR 13,000

Mitterteich site (Bavaria): Stiftland-Gymnasium Tirschenreuth
Project “Recording and reducing CO2 emissions.” Amount of funding: EUR 16,000

Müllheim site (Baden-Württemberg): Kreisgymnasium Neuenburg
Project: “Solar bicycle workshop” project. Amount of funding: EUR 18,000

The other participating schools received recognition amounts of between EUR 500 and EUR 5,000.


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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