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Students showcase green credentials as action plan is launched

Published on Friday, June 24, 2016

STUDENTS from city schools will be showcasing their green credentials at a celebration event next week.

The Eco-Schools event, at City Hall on Monday 27 June, will see nine schools setting out stalls illustrating the environmentally-friendly projects they have been working on throughout the school year.

Students will then present their work for a panel of over 25 judges including councillors, teachers and environmental staff from the city council. Awards will be made to all schools for participation, with particular projects picked out for their innovation.

Students will also get the chance to choose which of the projects they think has got the ‘Eco Factor’, by picking their favourite stall.

The event will also see the city council launch its Sustainability Action Plan, which sets out plans to make Leicester cleaner, greener and more sustainable through initiatives such as making housing more energy-efficient, developing smart solutions to sustainability issues, and preventing flooding.  

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor responsible for energy and sustainability, said: “Our sustainability action plan is an important step forward for the city. It sets out how we intend to make a 50% carbon reduction from 1990 levels, and demonstrates that we are now ready to seriously consider what it will take to deliver a zero-carbon future.

“The work these students are showcasing at the Eco-Schools event are exactly the sort of initiatives we want to encourage. We want sustainability and carbon reduction to become second nature to the next generation, which is why it’s so encouraging to see so much enthusiasm for these projects in our schools.”

Schools in Leicester can become Eco-Schools by joining the city council’s eco-schools programme and taking part in a range of activities, including energy reduction, recycling, increasing biodiversity and reducing litter. Schools are also encouraged to think about sustainability and environmental friendliness on a global scale.

Nearly 90 city schools are registered with the Eco-Schools programme, and there are eight ‘green flag’ Eco-Schools in Leicester.

Schools work towards gaining one of three internationally recognised awards – bronze, silver and the green flag awards, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.