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Schools compete for the ‘eco factor’ at celebration event

Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FIFTEEN local schools will be competing to see who has got the ‘eco factor’ in a celebration event at City Hall later this week.

The joint Eco-Schools and Food for Life event, on Wednesday (28 June), will see 13 primaries and two secondary schools showcasing the work they have been doing to make their schools eco-friendly.

It’s the third annual celebration event, inviting students from school councils, environmental clubs and school nutritional action groups to come along, share their work and find out what other schools have been doing to save energy, promote sustainable food sources and make their schools more environmentally-friendly.

School students and staff set up their ‘stall’ in the morning, before presenting their work to more than 25 judges who will visit each stall.

Students will then pick their favourite stall as the winner of the ‘eco-factor’.

Awards will be given to all schools for participation and there will be further awards handed out too – including a judges’ special award for outstanding project of the year.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor responsible for the environment, said: “The eco-schools scheme encourages students to learn more about biodiversity, energy, litter and waste. It also looks at the principles of healthy living and global citizenship, and challenges students to see what improvements they could make to their schools and grounds to help improve its green credentials.

“These might seem like small-scale projects, but they can have a big reach and a big impact. We’re supporting children as they develop a sense of social responsibility.”

This year’s event will also include a celebration of the Food for Life scheme, which sees schools take part in food growing schemes, as well as projects to promote healthy eating, school meals and improving dining environments. Lunch will be served by the Real Junk Food Café, which uses food which would otherwise go to landfill.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who leads on health and wellbeing for the city, said: “Leicester has a food plan which is all about encouraging local cooking and growing schemes, reducing food miles and building healthier, stronger and more resilient communities as a result. It’s great to see students in our schools embracing these ideals and getting behind sustainable food production.”