Greener Schools

Schools have an important part to play in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2 , and in teaching children from an early age about looking after their environment.

How our schools are performing

School buildings make up a large proportion of the Council’s overall carbon emissions, about 25% in 2011/12, and the Council has a responsibility under the governments CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, to reduce its carbon emissions.

This chart from the Carbon Trust shows how a typical school uses energy. It is estimated that just by making small changes in behaviour, such as switching off lights and equipment when they’re not needed, schools could save up to 20 per cent of their energy use (and energy bills).

Pie chart of energy costs in schools

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How to reduce your school’s carbon emissions


 


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Fox Primary School

Fox Primary is always looking for ways to be more sustainable, and in the last few years has made some big changes, which has also had a huge impact on their energy bills.

The school has replaced the majority of its lighting with LED lights, which use much less energy than fluorescents, and has installed an impressive array of solar panels on its flat roof, which provide electricity and generate income. To cut IT energy costs, the school uses an automatic shutdown programme to make sure all the computers in the building are turned off at night. To reduce the need for electric fans in summer, they have applied solar window film to south facing windows, reducing the temperature in classrooms by up to 10 degress on hot days.

The drive to reduce carbon emissions doesn’t stop with electricity use, though. The school kitchen is now ‘meat free’ twice a week, and uses school-grown vegetables where possible, and as much locally produced fresh produce as it can. Overgrown outside space has been converted into a peaceful garden area, where classes can learn about growing produce, and the school's own chickens keep it weed-free and provide fresh eggs.

The whole school knows how important it is to look after the environment and reduce energy use. The school's eco-club does regular checks to make sure that lights are turned off when not needed, and reports back to school assemblies on how classes are doing.  

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