Green schools to gather for eco-event

Published on 09 December 2015

PRIMARY pupils from across Leicester will be sharing ideas about how to make schools more sustainable at a special event at the National Space Centre.

The pupils will represent 15 city schools at the 2nd annual Leicester Eco-Schools conference on Thursday (10 Dec).

All of the participating schools are member of the Eco-Schools programme, a national award programme that helps schools make sustainability an integral part of school life.

The children will take part in a variety of workshops and activities before enjoying a tour of the National Space Centre.

Leicester assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “The Eco-Schools programme has become a pillar of the city’s  wider programme for sustainability. The programme supports schools to operate in a way that has a positive impact on the environment. Perhaps more importantly, the programme offers ‘take home’ messages to children, helping them to promote things like habitat creation, recycling and energy efficiency to their families, friends and the wider community.

“The conference is a brilliant opportunity for children to come together to engage in issues like the low carbon agenda, not least because the school children of today will be the adults that ultimately deliver the city’s ambitious sustainability targets over the coming years and decades.”

The participating schools are Avenue, Belgrave St Peter’s, Forest Lodge, Mayflower, Medway, Sandfield Close, Scraptoft Valley, Sparkenhoe, St John the Baptist, Thurnby Lodge, Whitehall and Willowbrook primary schools, and Bridge, Merrydale and Overdale junior schools.

There are currently 60 Leicester schools registered with the national Eco-Schools programme.