The workshop was organised by Herefordshire Council’s sustainability team and enabled pupils to learn in a fun way with various games and activities. They were also encouraged to share ideas, good practise and offer mutual support.
Jane Denny, Herefordshire Council sustainability officer said: “The council is working with schools across Herefordshire through their Schools Energy programme as part of our commitment to demonstrating community leadership and becoming a low carbon county.
“Schools account for a third of the authority’s carbon emissions, energy costs are rising, fossil fuels are depleting and emissions are contributing to global warming and climate change. More importantly, the programme is helping to educate young people in living more sustainably by demonstrating good practise and giving them the skills to manage resources more efficiently.”
“The pester power of pupils at home is an added bonus to this programme as anecdotal evidence indicates that families are being nagged to save energy at home as well!”
Schools are supported in reducing their energy usage to create a greater resilience to rising energy costs and fuel shortages. Money saved though energy efficiency can then be used for other essentials such as resources and staff.
Pupils are empowered to lead the project in their schools by encouraging everyone to turn off lights, computers and IT equipment, close windows and doors, wear warmer clothing so the heating can be turned down and the heating times reduced.
Pilot schools reduced their consumption of electricity by an average of 11.36 per cent over a short time span of four months through behaviour change alone. Energy audits have been carried out in schools highlighting energy saving measures that schools may want to consider investing in as invest to save projects in order to achieve up to 20 per cent in energy savings.