Schools carbon-cutting campaign proves success

Published: 18th Apr 2012

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PUPILS have played a vital role in helping their schools dramatically reduce their carbon emissions - and energy bills - as a green campaign proved a major success.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and the Carbon Trust worked together on the Low Carbon Schools programme, designed to raise awareness of the importance of going green among pupils and staff.

The authority is aiming to save £12.8m and slash carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2014.

Schools have a big role to play in helping to achieve those ambitious targets, with their buildings emitting 9,894 tonnes of CO2 each year.

And children from throughout the Borough saw their environmental efforts rewarded at a special ceremony celebrating the success of the initiative.

The Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland, Councillor Olwyn Peters, and the Council's Climate Change Champion, Councillor Doreen Rudland, handed out awards to schools in a range of categories.

Whitecliffe Primary School, in Carlin How, was named 'best action team', while St Joseph's RC Primary School, in Loftus, won the 'best initiative' title.

The 'highest saving school' accolade went to Overfields Primary School, in Ormesby.

Among the projects pupils carried out were a "How Low Can You Go?" day at St Joseph's School, which involved switching lights off, opening blinds, eating sandwiches instead of hot food and keeping computer use to a minimum.

Overfields School organised a Switch-Off Fortnight campaign, discussing the importance of energy-saving in assemblies and nominating 'switch-off monitors' for each class.

Whitecliffe Primary School also created an enthusiastic and willing action team, which helped to make excellent savings.

Council Leader George Dunning, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "This was a fantastic initiative, which underlined the importance of our carbon management programme. I am delighted that so many schools took part and made great savings in both money and energy."

Councillor Rudland added: "The pupils involved in this scheme have gone about their projects with real enthusiasm and it was a pleasure to be able to give awards to the star performers."

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