Peter­bor­ough: ‘The Big Ap­ple’

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Peter­bor­ough En­vi­ron­ment City Trust (PECT) is de­lighted to have won an in­ter­na­tional Green Ap­ple award for its be­spoke Peter­bor­ough Eco Frame­work. PECT launched its Peter­bor­ough Eco Frame­work back i n 2015 to sup­port the de­liv­ery of en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion in lo­cal schools and help them to re­duce their car­bon foot­print.

The i dea i s to i nspire fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of city res­i­dents to live sus­tain­ably and to en­cour­age positive be­hav­iour change.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to win this award,” ex­plains P EC T’ s en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion man­ager J ill Fos­ter. “PECT did a unique thing when it de­cided to launch a be­spoke Eco Frame­work for 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.”

A to­tal of 97 per cent of schools in Peter­bor­ough now de­liver en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion– one­ofthe­high­est lev­els of up­take in the whole of the UK, mean­ingth­at­ev­ery year PECT’s eco ed­u­ca­tion work is reach­ing lit­er­ally 1,000s of school chil­dren.

As pa r t o f th e ne w f rame­work, schools can gain ac­cred­i­ta­tion in each of t he 1 0 En­vi­ron­ment Cap­i­tal themes. Cer­tifi­cates are awarded for each theme, and when a school has achieved five themes t he s chool can proudly fly the Peter­bor­ough Eco Frame­work flag, dis­play­ing their en­vi­ron­men­tal sta­tus andtheachieve­mentsoft­heir pupils.

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

To find out more about PECT visit www.pect.org.uk.

Pupils from Wood­ston Pri­mary School re­ceive their Peter­bor­ough Eco Frame­work cer­ifi­cate

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