The long-term project "Blooming Industrial Areas" (BIG) started with a kick-off event for the apprentices on May 8, 2018 and will end with a closing event and awards ceremony on Friday, September 25, 2020. The following companies are engaged with their apprentices to achieve higher biodiversity and improved outdoor atmospheres: Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Freiburg GmbH (ASF) (Waste Management and City Cleaning), energy service provider badenova AG & Co. KG, Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (Freiburg Tourism Economy) and TDK-Micronas GmbH. The work done in the past two years by the teams of apprentices will be recognized during the closing event with four different cash prizes for the four companies totalling € 1,800. A six person jury was formed for the evaluation and recognition of the projects: Synthia Diele IHK Südlicher Oberrhein (IHK Southern Upper Rhine), Ralf Hufnagel Ökostation Freiburg (Freiburg Ecostation), Bernward Janzing specialist journalist, Prof. Dr. Werner Konold University of Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Jörg Lindenmeier University of Freiburg and Dr. Klaus von Zahn Umweltschutzamt Freiburg (Freiburg Environmental Protection Agency). The jury will use film excerpts from the project documentation, questionnaires from the teams of apprentices, a potential analysis and the current environmental report of the companies as the criteria for evaluation. Deputy Mayor for Construction Prof. Dr. Martin Haag will distribute the cash prizes, aimed for the teams of apprentices for future BIG projects at their company.

The Members of the Jury

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Synthia Diele - IHK Südlicher Oberrhein

Synthia Diele from the Industrie- und Handelskammer Südlicher Oberrhein (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Southern Upper Rhine) is the contact person for innovation and environment with an emphasis on sustainability, climate protection, resource efficiency, nature conservation and eco-design. The business sector consults and supports companies in the region with regards to corporate environmental protection and coordinates state level political work on environmental issues as the leader of the Baden-Württemberg Industrie- und Handelskammern.

Synthia Diele organizes the “Climate Protection in Companies” event  and manages the regional register for the Certified Environmental Management System EMAS.


Ralf Hufnagel - Ökostation Freiburg

Ralf Hufnagel is a biologist and manager at the Ökostation Freiburg, established in 1986 as an environmental education center for the Landesgartenschau (Regional Garden Show). The objective of Ökostation Freiburg is to bring awareness to children, youth and adults of nature and environmental protection issues and education in sustainable development. Seminars and public events are offered for topics in ecological building, regenerative energies, waste pedagogy, nature conservation and education. At the ecostation you can experience nature and learn how to protect it.

Hufnagel is also on various committees, such as the the City of Freiburg Council of Sustainability, the UNESCO Black Forest Biosphere Reserve Advisory Board and a federal delegate of the BUND, as well as on the board of the Nature and Environmental Education Society of the state of Baden-Württemberg.


Bernward Janzing - Freelance Journalist

Bernward Janzing is a freelance specialist journalist and author in the environment and energy sector. His main topics of interest are energy management and technology, renewable energies, efficient use of limited resources, energy policy and environmental protection. The qualified geographer, geologist and biologist from Freiburg would like to join the debate on upcoming lifestyles professionally as an environmental journalist.

His written work has made appearances in regional and national newspapers and magazines such as “Die Zeit“, “Der Spiegel“, “Financial Times Deutschland“, “taz“, “Frankfurter Rundschau” and in several specialist journals in the energy and environment sectors. He is also the author of numerous books, specifically about the history of the energy industry in German-speaking countries.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Lindenmeier - Uni Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Jörg Lindenmeier has been a professor of public and non-profit management, in corporate governance and ethics at the Institute for Economics at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg since 2013. Before that, he had a professorship of health care management & behavioral economics and a junior professorship of health care management at the Wissenschaftlichen Hochschule Lahr (WHL).

Member of the following committees and associations: Association of University Teachers for Business Administration, Scientific Commission for Public Business Administration in the Association of University Teachers for Business Administration e. V, Freiburg economist e. V, American Marketing Associations (AMA) and European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP).


Prof. Dr. Werner Konold - Uni Freiburg

Prof. Dr. sc. agr. Werner Konold is an agricultural scientist and since 1997 until his retirement in 2016 a professor of Landscape Management at the University of Freiburg. His main research interests include the history and ecology of cultural landscape, sustainable forms of land use, nature conservation, agrobiodiversity, climate change and adaptation to climate change.

Member of political advisory committees: Spokesman of the German Council for Landscape Management, National Committee UNESCO Geo Parks, Technical Committee for Nature Conservation Issues and Advisory Board for Nature and Environmental Protection Baden-Württemberg, Special Committee for the Biodiversity Program in Baden-Württemberg. 

Dr. Klaus von Zahn - Stadt Freiburg

Dr. Klaus von Zahn is head of the Freiburger Umweltschutzamts since 2014 and strongly identifies with the ecological profile in Green City Freiburg, where environmental policy is understood as part of sustainable urban development. In his role, he promotes climate protection concepts and protocols in the city of Freiburg to reduce emissions of climate-damaging gases in the city, to the extent that Freiburg becomes CO2 neutral by 2050.

He is notably involved in flagship projects, including the development of the city’s unique climate protection fund, the new climate-neutral football stadium and the innovative energy supply concept for the new climate-neutral district of Dietenbach.