Green awards for Eco-Schools

Published on 24 June 2015

ELEVEN city schools will go head-to-head in an annual awards scheme that recognises efforts and innovation in environmental education.

The Eco-Schools celebration will take place at City Hall tomorrow (Thursday 25 June), when judges will select the schools that have submitted the best project in each of eight categories.

Categories include energy and water efficiency, biodiversity in school grounds, healthy living, travel and transport, waste minimisation, Fairtrade, reducing litter and international work.

There will also be a Special Award from the judges for the outstanding project of the year and an Eco-Factor Award which will be voted for by students from the competing schools.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor for children, young people and schools, said: “The Eco-Schools programme is great way of getting pupils involved in projects that can make a real difference to their whole school and helping them to learn about issues around social responsibility.”

Cllr Adam Clarke, Assistant City Mayor for energy and sustainability added: “It’s inspiring to see pupils, teachers and parents engaging in recycling, creating wildlife habitats, growing food and other carbon cutting measures. What at first sight might seem small day-to-day activities in schools are actually critical features of our sustainability agenda in the city.”

The schools taking part in this year’s awards are Babington, St Paul’s and English Martyrs secondary schools, with city primary schools being represented by Rolleston, English Martyrs, Mayflower, Forest Lodge, Sandfield Close, Whitehall, Medway, Holy Cross, and Humberstone Juniors.

There are currently 56 Leicester schools registered with the national Eco-Schools programme.