Sustainability: Oberhausen high school creams off 6,000 euros with a roof garden

The Oberhausen Elsa-Brändström-Gymnasium wins 6,000 euros with its flagship school project – and puzzles: How do we use the money?

Great cheering at the Elsa-Brändström-Gymnasium: The Oberhausen school won first prize from the Sparda-Bank West profit-saving association with the sustainable project “Elsa roof garden – we save the inner-city climate”. In its category, the school prevailed against 89 competitors – and creamed off 6000 euros.

From 3rd to 31st May the best projects could be voted on online. A total of 444 schools took part in the race for the 400,000 euros.

The Elsa won over internet users with its roof garden. Two bee colonies now live on the successfully cultivated piece of land. The queens are called “Elsa I” and “Elsa II”.

Lessons live in nature

The individual plots are managed by the full-time student council, the ecology course and the subjects biology and geography. Working groups also use the roof garden.

The school now has big plans for the prize money. In the new school year, a working group made up of parents, pupils and teaching staff will discuss the exact use of the money and present a draft to the school community. The plan is for the roof garden to become even more of a place of learning. In the future, for example, there will be an area with benches and tables so that science lessons can soon take place live in nature.

Furthermore, the individual parcels are to receive a financial injection in order to purchase additional plants and shrubs. If there is still money left, a small greenhouse is a big dream.

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