The Austrian Eco-label for Schools and Teacher Training Colleges (UZ 301)

The Austrian Eco-label encourages 

  • Protection of environment & climate 
  • Health care 
  • Quality of education 
  • Education for Sustainable Development
"Energy Saving" Project. Copyright by HTL Mödling

HTL Mödling as climate champion

HTL Mödling is the largest school in Austria, has been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel and has been able to reduce energy costs by a remarkable 40 percent by switching to district heating and other measures.

On the way to school. Copyright by AEA_Andrea Leindl.

Competition "energie:bewusst unterwegs"

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research is starting the school year 2023/24 with the Austria-wide competition "energie:bewusst unterwegs" to bring the topic of energy saving in the area of mobility to the fore in schools.

The "Cool in die Schul" Initiative at the middle school Gmünd. Copyright by Mittelschule Gmünd.

Cool to school

Ecolabel licensee Bacher Reisen motivates pupils in Carinthia to travel to school in an environmentally friendly way.


Schools as pioneers for climate protection

On 18 September, the award ceremony for the Austrian Ecolabel took place in Vienna. The certificates were presented to the committed and awarded schools by Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler and Education Minister Martin Polaschek.

Climate ambassadors at TNMS Lembach. Copyright by TNMS Lembach.

Ecolabel students taking actions for climate protection

Pupils at the Ecolabel secondary schools in Lembach and Purbach are committed to regional and international climate protection.

Trace your food. Copyright by HLW Bad Ischl.

HLW Bad Ischl - the energy-saving school

The HLW Bad Ischl offers students the school-autonomous specialisation "Sustainability Management". Saving energy - especially how this can be done - is a very important topic in this committed school!

The school building. Copyright by BG Seekirchen am Wallersee.

Curious. Critical. Europe-fit.

These qualities are taught to the pupils at the Gymnasium and Realgymnasium in Seekirchen am Wallersee. The Ambassador School of the European Parliament was certified with the Austrian Ecolabel in 2022.

HAK Lienz harvesting apples. Copyright by HAK Lienz.

Open mind: HAK Lienz combines ecology and economy

The HAK Lienz is the first educational institution in East Tyrol to be awarded the Austrian Ecolabel. This makes it an ecological pioneer!

Copyright by Verein Zukunft Essen.

Good school meals for all

What sounds like a beautiful vision is the title of a new research project of the association ZUKUNFT ESSEN. Good school food can do so much: it tastes good to the children, protects the environment and the climate, is healthy and affordable for everyone.

Kärtner Kasnudeln - a delicious and vegetarian cultural good. Copyright by Fachberufsschule St. Veit an der Glan.

New school cafeteria - smart and sustainability

"It is important to me to show the young people that healthy snacks and meals also taste good," emphasizes Natalija Odobasic, head of the new cafeteria at the vocational school in St. Veit an der Glan, Carinthia.

Pupils cooking together. Copyright by VS Dr. Adolf Schärf, Kapfenberg.

Successful Ecolabel Cooperation in Kapfenberg

The cafeteria of the FH Kapfenberg supplies the food for the students of the elementary school Dr. Adolf Schärf, where great importance is attached to a healthy and shared lunch.

Copyright by HTL Vöcklabruck.

Be mobile - environmentally friendly, of course!

Projects at the Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt Vöcklabruck show how environmentally friendly mobility can work. Read here about the commitment of this Upper Austrian Ecolabel school in the field of ecologically responsible transport - which focuses on the good old bicycle.

Children with pumpkins. Copyright VS Rotenturm.

VS Rotenturm: P for pumpkin

At the Rotenturm an der Pinka elementary school, everything revolved around a large, mostly yellow or orange fruit: The pumpkin! In a project, the students learned about the path from the pumpkin plant to the bottling of pumpkin seed oil.

Volksschule Leobersdorf. Copyright: Christian Husar, Vienna

Climate protection - made simple!

The primary school in Leobersdorf demonstrates how climate protection can succeed with "simple" organisational measures.

Volksschule Leobersdorf. Copyright: Christian Husar, Vienna

Climate protection - made simple!

The primary school in Leobersdorf demonstrates how climate protection can succeed with "simple" organisational measures.

Pupils studying in the garden. Copyright by Silvia Pointner.

Every day for future

Through the new, forward-looking training focus "Fair Business & Food Management", the environmental idea will be conveyed to young people at HLTW Berheidengasse from the school year 2022/23.

Happy pupils showing the fresh harvest! Copyright by ÖKO MS Mäder.

In the heart of the village. In the heart of life.

Ecology is a priority at ÖKO-Mittelschule Mäder in Vorarlberg: The overall environmental situation is a subject in its own right at Mäder. Within the framework of ecology lessons, the pupils' work in the school garden plays a very important role.

Glasses with the salt of knowledge. Copyright by Private Höhere Lehranstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung Graz-Eggenberg.

Good news instead of fake news

It is important to inform and sensitise young people about the dangers posed by the World Wide Web. Schools also have a role to play here. Promoting the digital skills of students is therefore also particularly important to the Private Secondary School for Agriculture and Nutrition in the Styrian capital.

Gleisdorf primary school - perceive, experience, respect

"The conscious experience and perception of the environment with all senses, as well as the mindful treatment of our environment is an educational goal of our school." An important statement on the homepage of the Gleisdorf Ecolabel primary school! This school was one of the first Austrian educational institutions to acquire the corresponding award and still holds it.

ERG Donaustadt - together we have achieved a lot!

At the Evangelisches Gymnasium Donaustadt in Vienna, the Sustainable Development Goals were worked on by students during a project week. Ideas from the project have since been incorporated into everyday school life.

Pupils learning in the garden. Copyright by MS Wolfurt.

New school qualities with the Ecolabel

The Austrian Ecolabel for Schools celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! At the awarded schools, the environment is perceived, experienced and treated with care in a special way. Furthermore, the quality of the educational work and the promotion of health are the focus of the activities.

Students at work. Copyright by

Rethinking cocoa production

Students of the Ecolabel school in Vienna 22 pioneered a new concept of sustainable and fair production and consumption of cocoa and chocolate. The school project, implemented together with Oikocredit Austria, contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Four schoolgirls report.

HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein

Circular Economy at agricultural level

Despite the difficult weeks, a lot is happening in the eco-label schools, for example in the HBLFA Raumberg - Gumpenstein, which deals with the circular economy in agriculture.

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