The education project run by the myclimate foundation, celebrated a fitting end to a record year in Zurich-Altstetten. Over the course of 2013/14, 125 teams of trainees designed and submitted their own climate protection projects. That was an increase of 40% over the record-breaking previous year. Four teams particularly enjoyed the awards ceremony as they were ranked first in their respective categories. As well as being commended on their achievements, each team of young students received a cash prize of 1,000 Swiss francs.
First prize in the Energy category went to Ivan Havoic, David Birchmeier, Simon Müller and Ralph Meier, electricians in their 3rd/4th apprenticeship year at Holcim Ltd., and their project “LED headlights to replace halogen headlights”.
In the Innovation category, 3rd year IT trainees Angash Tharmotharampillai, Ramon Marti and Fabrice König from GIBB in Bern won with “Zeus – Home Automations System”, which uses a mini-computer and smartphone app to control standby functions in the home.
Team “Kühne und Nagel Ltd. goes green” (Tanja Konetschny, Larisa Morina, Gaganpreet Singh, Sandra Staub, Besarta Suka and Felix Keller) were absolutely thrilled with their first place in the Sensitisation category.
First prize in Planning went to Zurich, to Janick Bellmont and Andrin Stettler, 2nd year trainee automation engineers at libs (Industrial Apprenticeship Zurich).
The audience award was presented to the “Biel/Bienne of the Future” team of Yannis Portmann, Yannick Schöni and Jan Hänzi, who earned 48 votes. All prizes were endowed with 1,000 francs.
Aside from the awards ceremony, all nominees were given the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of IBM Switzerland and to visit the SBB School and Adventure Train. All nominated teams presented their projects to the assembled guests in the form of an open market.
Realising this national project would be impossible without an array of professional and financial support. This year’s sponsors: Energie Schweiz, ABB Schweiz, AXA-Winterthur, SBB Cargo as well as the Gottfried and Ursula Schäppi-Jecklin and Werner H. Spross foundations.