Heather Vickery awarded project manager Karola Braun-Wanke the price in June 2018. Jury leader Matthew Gardnern applauded the "passion and creativity" that make the project special. "This international recognition means a lot to me" said Karola Braun-Wanke of the Freie Universität's Environmental Policy Research Center. This price is another testimony to her many years of work in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), focusing on climate change, climate protection and sustainable ways of life.
Every year, about 3,000 children of fifth and sixth grades in Berlin participate in the project. In addition, 400 teachers annually participate in a teachers' training. A network of 90 cooperation partners from academia and civil society makes this possible. Scientists, artists, photographers, directors, a cook and environmental organisations as well as businesses offer a great variety of workshops. "This high degree of interconnection and our friendly cooperation are one of the reasons why we got this award", said Karola Braun-Wanke.
In the final round, there were many strong competitors, including Harvard University,Yale University and the University of Copenhagen. This is the sixth award for Schools@University. In 2015, ISCN also gave an award to the sustainability initiative SUSTAIN IT!.