Peterborough: ‘The Big Apple’
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