Project re­duc­ing car­bon foot­print wins award

Ed­u­ca­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Event -

Ascheme­to­help­schools re­duce their car­bon foot­print has won a top award.

Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­men­tCity Trust (PECT) won an in­ter­na­tional Green Ap­ple award for En­vi­ron­men­tal Best Prac­tice 2016, which was­given for its be­spoke Peter­bor­oughE­coFrame­work.

PECT launched its Peter­bor­ough Eco Frame­work back in 2015 to sup­port the de­liv­ery of en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion in lo­cal schools and help them to re­duce their car­bon foot­print.

PECT’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Man­ager Jill Fos­ter said the­o­r­gan­i­sa­tion­was de­lighted to win the award. She­said: “Weare­ab­so­lutely thrilled to win this award.

“PECT­di­dau­ni­quething when it de­cided to launch a be­spoke EcoFrame­work­for the city’s schools.

“We wanted to en­sure en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­ity re­mained ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

“It also felt prefer­able to re­fer to lo­cal sit­u­a­tions and re­sources, in or­der to en­cour­age long- term be­hav­iour change among stu­dents.”

As part of the new frame­work, schools can gain ac­cred­i­ta­tion in each of the 10 En­vi­ron­ment Cap­i­tal themes.

Cer­tifi­cates are awarded f or each theme, and when a school has achieved five themes the school can proud­lyfly­thePeter­bor­ough EcoFrame­work­flag, dis­play­ing their en­vi­ron­men­tal sta­tus and the achieve­ments of their stu­dents.

Since the project launched at the end of 2015, 21 cer­tifi­cates have been awarded to schools for their work across the 10 dif­fer­ent themes, and one school – Wood­ston Pri­mary – has just be­come the first to re­ceive the Peter­bor­ough Eco Ed­u­ca­tion Flag, af­ter re­ceiv­ing cer­tifi­cates in five of the themes.

The award will be pre­sented at a cer­e­mony in Novem­ber at The Houses of Par­lia­ment, West­min­ster Palace.

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