Competition “Our Sustainable Future”

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A decision has been made! Our international expert jury has selected the winning teams for the competition Our Sustainable Future. The decision was not easy for the jury. We are very impressed by all of the projects from around the region. 

Most of all, we would like to thank every student and teacher for your great work this year. Your achievements as engaged youth gives us hope for our common future. Thanks to you, the first year of the competition was a success! We are excited for your projects for the upcoming year of Our Sustainable Future 2022!

Winning teams 2021

  • Our Solarable Future (The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Lawrenceville, GA)

    Our Solarable Future

    The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Lawrenceville, GA

    Our Solarable Future is focused on increasing the prevalence of solar panels in our local community by creating affordable solar panels that are easy and cheap to manufacture. Price and lack of awareness continue to be main issues facing renewable energy infrastructure development. This startup would focus on making sure more people can afford to install solar panels and are aware of the benefits of solar energy to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable tomorrow.
  • Ending Poverty in the World (Colegio Suizo Americano; Guatemala)

    Ending Poverty in the World

    Colegio Suizo Americano; Guatemala

    Through our project, we hope to contribute to ending poverty around the world. The main problem we see is that many countries, including ours (Guatemala), have long had an alarmingly high level of poverty. We have decided to find a solution. Part of our solution is to plan conversations with experts about finances for children and adults. We hope to talk about topics such as how to handle money, how to use it for good and the benefits and future of their economic state. We know that lack of interest is also a potential challenge in the process. To provide motivation for the participants, we will carry out an analysis of progress made after the conversations and deliver more supplies. Our research is based on a learning methodology encompassing a series of techniques, methods and strategies that, when systematically implemented, contribute to optimizing the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. It includes several factors such as memory, clarity of thought, note taking, good reading habits, review, interest, preparation for a test, etc. We believe that based on this methodology we can produce good results, expanding the necessary knowledge to the people who participate in these talks. With this project we answer two questions: How can we end poverty in a simple way that contributes globally? And why is financial education so important? We combine the power of financial education and incentivize people with low-income to innovative ways to make money. Our objective is to motivate people to use these talks as an opportunity to open their mind to ideas, proposals and lessons to improve their economic status to lower the incidence of poverty in Guatemala and later to be able to reach more countries to have a greater impact and improve people's lives.
  • Plant new habits and let them grow (Instituto para Formación y Desarrollo Volkswagen Puebla; Mexico)

    Plant new habits and let them grow

    Instituto para Formación y Desarrollo Volkswagen Puebla; Mexico

    We have observed that the pandemic has caused the students of the Volkswagen Institute to neglect their diet. In our project Plant new habits and let them grow we will address the issue of the lack of information about food security among the students of the Volkswagen Institute with the help of a backyard garden. We seek to implement a low-cost solution that is creative and accessible to all as well as easy to carry out and measure. We want to ensure a variety of fresh foods at home that meet the criteria of a balanced and healthy diet. At the same time, we hope to recycle materials needed for the development of our project such as plastic bottles, cardboard, wood, and more.
  • Sustainability & Cooperation First (Ozark High School & Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium; Ozark, AR & Oranienburg, Germany)

    Sustainability & Cooperation First

    Ozark High School & Louise-Henriette-Gymnasium; Ozark, AR & Oranienburg, Germany

    We are an international team made up of students from Arkansas and Oranienburg. We spent time together learning and exchanging ideas about sustainability issues, environment, agriculture, and economics in our communities. We used an online Padlet to connect our German and American classrooms, and we also made a video for our partner school about why sustainability is important. We practiced our planting skills to get a hands-on understanding of the importance of plants and agriculture in our world. This spring, we are planting flowers at the schools within our community to keep this project going. We are excited about this transatlantic cooperation!
  • Claremont on Wheels (Claremont High School; Claremont, California)

    Claremont on Wheels

    Claremont High School; Claremont, California

    Claremont on Wheels is a sustainable green startup that focuses on contributing to Goal 3 of the 17 UN SDGs, Good Health and Well Being, through biking. Managed by a team of Claremont High School students with the support of Goethe-Institut, Claremont auf Rädern will work as a bike shop, providing repair services and lessons. Using maps, education, and affordable bike repairs, this business will encourage members of the Claremont community and beyond to begin biking.
  • BP-Feedingcard (Colegio Suizo Americano; Guatemala)


    Colegio Suizo Americano; Guatemala

    Fighting hunger, ensuring access to food, improving the nutrition of our population, and bringing food to the homes of the people who need it most- these are effective ideas that could positively impact Guatemala. We plan to create and implement a card (BP-Feedingcard) in supermarkets for customers who accumulate points when they make monetary or food donations. They can exchange these and use them for future purchases. This way, consumers benefit and are incentivized to increase their donations. In our project, we have developed three resource-based strategies.
  • Let's Rescue Tula! (Universidad Politècnica de la Energía; Mexico)

    Let's Rescue Tula!

    Universidad Politècnica de la Energía; Mexico

    The project Let's Rescue Tula! was born from the need to reforest our university. We are Michel Saldaña and Javier Mercado, 19 years old, from Hidalgo. We are students at the Polytechnic University of Energy and our project seeks a solution to a problem in one of the most polluted cities in the world. This city has high levels of pollution in the soil, a fundamental environment for living. The soil has been affected due to the lack of culture of waste separation. Elements such as arsenic, lead, quicksilver and barium have traveled through the Endhó dam and contaminated our soil. This, in turn, has had an impact on the food we consume daily. As students committed to the planet, we are carrying out a research project that proposes some possible solutions for this contaminated area. Our project also proposes improvements in citizens' actions to reduce the damage caused by pollution and mishandling of waste. The first action we carried out was a radio information capsule. Second, we want to invite the student community to a conference to discuss the project. The third action consists of a reforestation campaign after the covid-19 pandemic eases. Finally, we want to encourage the whole family to separate waste. The area of our university is naturally arid. However, we believe that through composting, we can help nature grow. In nearby areas it has been shown that this type of action works with perseverance and care. We are Michel and Javier, and our mission is to rescue Tula!
  • Pollinator Pool (Greenfield High School; Greenfield, Wisconsin)

    Pollinator Pool

    Greenfield High School; Greenfield, Wisconsin

    In the project Pollinator Pools, four students focus on the local bee population in Greenfield, Wisconsin. They want to raise awareness about the importance of bees in the ecosystem as well as offer people practical ways to help improve the situation. For example, they plan to develop and provide people with so called pollinator pools for their gardens and yards to attract and sustain bees. By combining awareness and information with action, these students want to make the community more sustainable for everyone, starting with the bees.
  • Improving education in Guatemala (Colegio Suizo Americano; Guatemala)

    Improving education in Guatemala

    Colegio Suizo Americano; Guatemala

    The quality of public education in Guatemala should be improved at the national level. New generations will finish their studies without good preparation. These generations may experience difficulties finding a good job and they miss out on many opportunities to improve their quality of life. This is one of the main reasons why Guatemala does not prosper and is considered a “third world” or developing country. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this situation worse. The children stopped receiving classes. Even the few who did receive class did not get same quality of education as they had before, because time is not optimal for them, the classes are shorter, and they are left with doubts and questions. As a solution to the problem, a quality web page that students can easily access and post their questions and concerns in a forum was created. These will be answered by experts and through explanatory videos and activities. The purpose of the website is to guarantee an inclusive, equitable and quality education, promoting learning opportunities for the country's population and future generations. Learning will be improved so that children are no longer left with unanswered concerns.
  • Plastic on Park Avenue (Libertyville High School; Libertyville, Illinois)

    Plastic on Park Avenue

    Libertyville High School; Libertyville, Illinois

    Our sustainability project goal is to reduce plastic and garbage in our school and help students learn about the problems and dangers associated with plastic. By creating posters and other informational campaigns, we hope to educate fellow students on how they can help the earth. Central to our project is teaching people in our school how to properly separate garbage from recycling and determining what items can be recycled.
  • National Identity: Key for Change in Mexico (Universidad Panamericana Preparatoria Varonil; Mexico)

    National Identity: Key for Change in Mexico

    Universidad Panamericana Preparatoria Varonil; Mexico

    The educational model in Mexico has undergone historical changes. It has adapted to the new challenges that globalization and economic development have demanded in the new millennium. However, it has taken a high toll on social development by failing to address national identity and civic awareness with the same fervor that we seek to improve other aspects as a nation. With the intention of identifying the main trigger or social factor affecting our country, we consider the recovery of a model of national identity and civic pride will allow us to understand the multiple problems and areas of opportunity for social development that our country needs so much. We seek to transmit and respond to what we see as the seed of nearly all the problems and conflicts that affect our country. Likewise, we propose what we consider to be the most permanent, efficient and immediate solutions in the fight against corruption, hunger, poverty, insecurity, ignorance, pollution, etc. The project is based on two strategies created to achieve our objectives: a complementary educational plan (school strategy) and a media campaign (social strategy).
  • Life under water (Libertyville High School; Libertyville, Illinois)

    Life under water

    Libertyville High School; Libertyville, Illinois

    The lake near our school must be cleaner! We believe that the cleaner the lake is, the better it is for all of the people of the Libertyville community. We want the lake to be in good condition so that people use it more in their social lives. The lake is an important part of Libertyville High School and sometimes the lake is used for classes. It is time to improve the cleanliness of the lake together for a more sustainable future.
Check out last year’s winning projects! Meet the members of our international expert jury here!