Starting signal for the Golden Toad Award “Goldene Unke”

Innovations around nature-friendly construction projects are called for

The main objective of this Carinthia-wide competition, which is being held for the first time this year, is to identify and highlight innovations in the field of nature-friendly construction projects. It is intended to help honour well-done implementations. ‘I am always impressed by the innovative solutions that are possible in the area of conflict between nature conservation and the construction industry. We want to put the spotlight on such projects and at the same time motivate companies to implement projects that are closer to nature and more climate-friendly,’ emphasizes Carinthian Environment and Nature Conservation Secretary Sara Schaar. Applications are invited for construction projects that are exemplary in terms of the implementation of nature conservation measures or nature conservation requirements. If the project enables an improvement for nature (animal and plant species, as well as habitats), it has a chance to be awarded. All projects that have already been implemented in the last five years can be submitted.

Submissions are possible online from now until July 31, 2021 at

The award will be based on an on-site visit conducted by experts and a subsequent jury decision and will be presented by the Carinthian Environment and Nature Conservation Secretary Sara Schaar during a public event in October 2021. The award is organized by the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Department of Studies ‘Civil Engineering and Architecture’. The Golden Toad (“Goldene Unke”) is strongly connected to the ‘Training as a Nature Conservation Engineer’, which is unique in Austria.

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