European Eco-School with three stars
BIS receives highest possible award in commitment to environmental protection and sustainability
Bavarian International School (BIS) has been awarded the highest possible award as an "Eco-School in Europe ‒ International Sustainability School" with three stars. The students' project work and documentation in the areas of Waste, Biodiversity and Sustainability were assessed. At BIS, all students are involved in the environmental school project, and there are special groups for each school area: the Primary School students from the City Campus in Munich ("Eco-Club") and in Haimhausen ("Eco-Agents") as well as the Secondary School students ("Green Team").
At this year's virtual award ceremony, Thorsten Glauber, Bavarian State Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection, praised the students as "role models who exemplify sustainability". Prof. Dr. Michael Piazolo, Bavarian State Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs, said: "Those who value the environment also protect it. That is why the area of environmental protection is particularly important in our schools. Keep up the good work, not only in school, but also outside in life." The project is implemented by the two ministries in cooperation with the German Society for Environmental Education (DGU) and the State Association for the Protection of Birds (LBV) and received official recognition from UNESCO.
A school wide project
"We are very proud that we have now achieved the highest award of three stars. This shows the high importance of environmental protection and education of sustainability at BIS," says Emma Morris. The British teacher heads the European Eco-School project and works very closely with her colleagues Monica Godoy Hidalgo (City Campus), Andi Pichler and Kim Kermath (Haimhausen Campus). The whole project is closely linked to the demanding International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, the social-social programme CAS ("Creativity, Activity, Service") and the many extracurricular activities at Bavarian International School.
The young climate protection activist's major goals include a plastic-free and paperless school, achieving CO2 neutrality, avoiding waste and, last but not least, a greater awareness of health and nutrition. The topics of environmental protection and sustainability reach all members of the BIS community: pupils, teachers, parents, local partners and associations. It is particularly important to the various "Green Teams" to appeal to each individual to take on more personal responsibility.