School:Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium in Stuttgart
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Project launch in Stuttgart
Stuttgart — Climate protection and environmental awareness have long been a priority at the Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart.
The high school, which has around 800 students, operates several solar power systems which cover a quarter of its electricity needs. It is also able to boast that it is an "energy-saving champion", having won the "Energiesparmeister" competition five years ago. Now the grammar school is participating in the "Mercury-Free School" project developed by CASIO. "At the Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium, environmental awareness is not just a claim, it is a reality. That is why we have chosen this school to be the first in Germany to participate in our 'Mercury-Free School' project", said Günter Grefen, General Division Manager Professional Visual Products and Office & School Equipment at CASIO, at the project launch on 6 June.
Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium becomes a "Mercury-Free School"
Silvia Fischer, Councillor for the German Green party, Günter Grefen from CASIO, Carmen Nasse, head teacher and Dieter Bareis, teacher and Environmental Officer at the Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium (from left to right) at the handover of the projectors for the launch of the "Mercury-Free School" project.
Students share their knowledge about mercury
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany – At the Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium's (FPG) annual school fair, the largest crowd of people could be found at the desk where the yearbooks were being sold. All of the school's classes are detailed in the yearbook, as well as any special student activities. For example, this year's edition mentions the exhibition held on the subject of "climate", including a report on the "Mercury-Free School" project. The FPG was the first German school to take part in the project, which is backed by CASIO. Together with some biology students from the years above, the students from class 9c worked on an exhibit tackling the subject of mercury, presenting it for the first time at the school fair. Topics featured in the exhibit include how mercury is used in gold mining, what makes mercury so toxic and how to dispose of energy-saving lamps that contain mercury. The students also focussed on the environmental disaster in the Japanese coastal town of Minamata, where during the 1950s the dumping of mercury in the sea led to fish being poisoned, with humans consequently suffering the effects via the food chain. The FPG students were especially appalled to learn that people in the Philippines are exposed to highly toxic mercury vapours as a result of gold mining, with children the worst affected.
School's outstanding commitment applauded
The students researched the subject for several weeks during their science and technology lessons with Mr Bareis and during biology with Ms Beyer before displaying their results of their work on posters and giving short presentations. Günter Grefen from CASIO was also at the presentation. As a Japanese company, the issue of reducing mercury usage is of particular importance for CASIO, and Grefen, General Division Manager for the company's Professional Visual Products and Office & School Equipment department, has long known just how dangerous this highly toxic heavy metal can be. "But even I learned something new about mercury today", said Grefen, who seemed impressed during the FPG school fair and expressed his appreciation to the students. Head teacher Carmen Nasse was also at the present for the presentations and offered the students some very high praise: "You did an excellent job!"
Since 2010, CASIO projectors have no longer featured lamps that contain mercury. Instead, their light comes from a hybrid light source that combines LED and laser technology, generating a luminance of up to 3500 lumens. The FPG has been using more than 30 of these mercury-free projectors for many years. CASIO recently delivered an additional four mobile projectors to the school as part of the "Mercury-Free School" project. This means that modern presentation equipment can be used in the temporary classrooms while the school is undergoing refurbishment. "The Ferdinand-Porsche-Gymnasium made a really strong impression on me—particularly its photovoltaic panels on the roof and its outstanding level of commitment to climate protection and sustainability", said Günter at the school fair, where he presented head teacher Carmen Nasse with a certificate from CASIO attesting to FPG's participation in the "Mercury-Free School" project.