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Schools compete for the ‘eco factor’ at celebration event

Published on Monday, June 11, 2018

SCHOOLS in Leicester will be showcasing their environmental projects this week as they bid to see who has got the ‘eco factor’.

Sixteen local schools will take place in the joint Eco-Schools and Food for Life event, which takes place on Tuesday (12 June) at City Hall.

It’s the city council’s fourth 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 30 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 a judges’ special award for outstanding project of the year.

This year, there will also be new Healthier Air for Schools awards, which encourage schools to help improve air quality, for example by promoting schemes that encourage pupils to walk or cycle to school rather than getting a lift in a car.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for the environment, said: “Encouraging schools and students to think about their green credentials is an excellent way to spread messages about environmental responsibility, because the work that schools do can be very influential in our local communities.

“Our air quality action plan sets out our commitment to improving air quality in the city and now schools can get involved in this, too, by taking part in the Healthier Air for Schools awards.

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

This year’s event also includes 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 at the event by the Real Junk Food Café, which uses food which would otherwise go to landfill.