As members of the jury of the German Environmental Award, on whose recommendation the Board of Trustees selects the winner of the year, Prof. Dr. med. Heidi Foth, Director of the Institute for Environmental Toxicology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg; Katharina Reuter, Founder and Managing Director, spoke about the achievements of the 2019 winners. Foth paid tribute to the outstanding research work of the prize winner Kögel-Knabner. She has ensured with her work, with her new research methods and very clear data on which no one can doubt, that the task of soil protection is more clearly defined and more tangible. Above all, Reuter paid tribute to Schneider’s consistent focus on the topic of sustainable management. His recyclate initiative, the creation of more environmentally friendly products for the mass market, the early certification of his company according to the specifications of the European Union, the constantly growing proportion of used plastics for product packaging, the early accession to the initiative “Entrepreneurs for Future” – all these points convinced the jury.