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“The Emperor Maximilian Prize brings initiatives to the fore that promote the European idea and bring us closer together. A sincere thanks goes to all those who are committed to our united Europe with enthusiasm, creativity and dedication. Emperor Maximilian I left his mark on Tyrol and Europe and so the prize named after him is a mission to further develop our homeland – and homeland means within and beyond Tyrol’s borders,” explained Anton Mattle, Governor of Tyrol.

Program Outcomes

The “Green Steps” program was developed to create a more sustainable approach to upcycling. The project was created in response to the need to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment. The program aims to educate people about the importance of using recyclable materials, as well as to encourage upcycling of discarded materials.

Winning the Prize

José Rodrigues was recognized for his efforts by winning the Emperor Maximilian Prize for 2023. His “Green Steps” project was chosen for its creative approach to sustainability and upcycling. José and his team plan to use the funding to expand their program and seek further support from other organizations.

Emperor Maximilian Prize

The Emperor Maximilian Prize is awarded annually to recognize innovative projects that promote sustainability and upcycling. It is presented to an individual or team whose creative ideas and accomplishments have made a significant contribution to the environment.

Creative Ideas Win the Prize

José Rodrigues and his team from “Teatro Metaphora” in Madeira were the proud recipients of the Emperor Maximilian Prize for 2023 for their “Green Steps” project. This upcycling program advocates for a more conscious use of recyclable materials and offers creative solutions to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment.

Program Goals

The “Green Steps” project seeks to educate the public on the importance of upcycling, as well as to encourage the reuse of discarded materials. The team plans to use the prize money to expand their program and to build partnerships with other organizations to achieve their sustainability goals.

Award-Winning Project

José Rodrigues and his “Green Steps” project have been commended for their creative approach to sustainability and upcycling. This year, they were awarded the Emperor Maximilian Prize for their commitment to reducing the amount of plastic waste in the environment.

“A strong, united Europe needs people who creatively put their ideas into practice despite sudden obstacles. The winning project gives us hope,” explains Georg Willi, Mayor of Innsbruck.

“It’s about the sustainable use of recyclable materials. The prize winner shows young people what’s possible,” says Christine Oppitz-Plörer, city councillor, pleased with the interest. Almost 900 children took part in a school competition. “Inviting young people to join in is almost always going to score points,” confirms keynote speaker Verena Ringler. The human factor is crucial for the success of Europe.

1. The final winner of the competition was chosen by a panel comprised of representatives from the state of Tyrol, the city of Innsbruck, the University of Innsbruck, the Assembly of European Regions, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.

2. Engaging youth in the process was a key part of the mission, and the members of the jury worked closely with young people from the region to ensure their voices were heard.

3. The final selection was made after extensive consultation with the youth of Tyrol and Innsbruck, who were invited to have their say in the selection process.

4. Young people played an integral role in the selection process, as the jury considered their input and ideas when making their final decision.

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