The 2020 Green Buddy Award – Winners Announced
This year, the Tempelhof-Schöneberg District Office presented the Green Buddy Award for the tenth time. Young Berliners and companies that are particularly committed to environmental protection and sustainability were honoured with awards in five categories at a digital event. The winner in the category for Smart Cities Solutions: SunCrafter.
The Green Buddy Award ceremony had originally been scheduled to take place in November 2020 – as an analogue event with many guests, as it had been in the past. Due to the pandemic, however, the winners did not receive their awards from the Tempelhof-Schöneberg District Office until mid-July 2021, when they were presented at a digital event.
In a total of five categories, Berliners aged 27 and under and young companies accepted the green and white Buddy Bears, along with a prize money of €2,000 each. Applicants were required to demonstrate a particular commitment to environmental protection and sustainability with their products and solutions.
As Tempelhof-Schöneberg District Mayor Angelika Schöttler emphasised, selecting five companies and projects from among the many applications was no easy feat for the 2020 jury. “The outstanding commitment to our environment shows that sustainability has become an integral part of companies in Tempelhof-Schöneberg, as well as throughout Berlin. In a nutshell: the Green Buddy Award has established itself.”
SunCrafter accepted the award in the category for Smart Cities Solutions. Lisa Wendzich, CEO and co-founder of the Berlin start-up, was delighted to receive the award, “because it places the focus exactly where we want to be. We want to be on the community’s radar, on the city’s radar.” In mid-June, the SunCrafter team had already won the smart_up innovation award presented by degewo (link is German only).
The Green Buddy Awards in the categories for Smart Cities Solutions; Retail Trade; and Preventing Waste/Reduce, Reuse and Recycle were awarded to applicants across Berlin, while the award in the category for Environmentally Friendly Production and Production-Related Services and Craftsman’s Establishments as well as the Young Green Buddy Award went to companies and projects in Tempelhof-Schöneberg.
Partners and supporters of the award include Berlin Partner for Business and Technology; Berlin investment bank IBB; Marienpark Berlin; the Berlin sanitation department BSR; the Berlin Brandenburg Trade Association (Handelsverband Berlin Brandenburg); the Tempelhof-Schöneberg Office for the Environment and Nature Conservation; and, of course, Buddy Bear Berlin. The application phase for the next Green Buddy Awards starts in autumn 2021.
The 2020 Green Buddy Award ceremony on video (German only)
5 categories: The 2020 winners
- In the category for Retail Trade: Loveco GmbH (German only)
Worldwide, the fashion industry causes more greenhouse gases than air and marine traffic combined. With its business model, Loveco therefore aims to invest in sustainable production methods. The company runs three stores for sustainable, fair and vegan fashion in Berlin as well as an online store.
- In the category for Preventing Waste/Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Leaf Labs GmbH
Leaf Labs replaces paper receipts with smart, digital ones – a contact-free and sustainable solution that saves paper and its disposal and at the same time ensures less trees are felled to make paper for receipts.
- In the category for Smart Cities Solutions: SunCrafter GmbH
SunCrafter develops solar-powered, modular energy and charging stations for smart city applications to promote sustainable micromobility. By doing so, the company improves the quality and efficiency of vehicle-sharing offers in the field of electromobility. The concept can also be transferred to other fields (e.g. micro-electromobility).
- In the category for Environmentally Friendly Production and Production-Related Services and Craftsman’s Establishments: KGO sports GmbH (German only)
The company manufactures sustainable sports equipment for use in the fields of fitness, climbing, callisthenics, yoga and massages, with a focus on sustainable materials, eco-friendly production, social standards and high-quality products. All pieces of equipment are processed in Tempelhof according to the cradle-to-cradle principle.
- In the category for the Young Green Buddy Award: Second-Hand Mobility Project Laboratory at TU Berlin
Second-Hand Mobility is a project laboratory run by the Technische Universität Berlin. The laboratory focuses on converting vehicles with obsolete drive technologies in a climate-friendly manner, instead of disposing of them. A project laboratory is a university course in which ecological and social topics are dealt with in a practical, autodidactic and interdisciplinary manner over the course of four semesters. (vdo)