Eurobank Asset Management, as part of the initiatives in sustainable development of the Eurobank Group, decided to establish an award for students that distinguish themselves in student writing competitions on the subject sustainable development. Pierce – The American College of Greece immediately responded by holding an essay-writing competition for C Gymnasium students. The winner of this competition was Eleni Lambrou (c3 Gymnasium).
Eurobank Asset Management has signed onto PRI (Principles of Responsible Investment), the international network of investors, and has adopted the ESG (Environmental – Social – Corporate Governance) investment philosophy. This particular initiative has come under the auspices of CSR Hellas (Corporate Social Responsibility), which aims to spread sustainable development to the general public in Greece and, in this case, to students. Pierce’s immediate response to this initiative is linked to the continuous efforts of the Center of Excellence for Sustainability of the American College of Greece to raise awareness among the entire College community on environmental and sustainability issues.
Elena’s prize is participation in an intensive 2-week summer program organized by the Oxford Royal Academy, entitled “Climate and Sustainability.” During this program, she will attend morning classes (Environmental Science and Climate and Sustainability) and then have the opportunity to take part in an afternoon lab, Leadership and Team-Building.
The competition took place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 in the Pierce Amphitheater and 46 C Gymnasium students took part. The subject was: “Our school magazine has a special feature on environmental issues. Write an article in which you explain why protecting the environment and sustainable development are now essential for all of us and present specific ways in which businesses as well as citizens can contribute to this effort.”
In the first phase of the competition, the essays were assessed by a committee of College Philologues, which selected five essays. Then, the 5 essays were evaluated by a special committee, consisting of academics and peopleτ involved in sustainability, as well as a representative of the Eurobank Group, so as to select the sinner. The members of the Committee were:
- Giannis Lignadis (Author, Philologue),
- Theophanis Mylonas (President and Managing Director of Eurobank Asset Management,
- Pakis Papadimitriou (Corporate Quality Manager at Athens International Airport, Vice President of CSR Hellas) and
- Michalis Spanos (Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Global Sustain)