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Celebrating Schools’ Green Achievements

Community & Education
Peterborough schools are preparing to celebrate their green successes at the annual Peterborough Eco Education Awards (PEEAs), this year held at the Voyager Academy in Walton on Wednesday 29th June 2016.

Sponsored by Skanska and organised by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), the PEEAs are a great opportunity to demonstrate and display the excellent Eco Education project work that takes place in the city’s schools. During the six years since its launch, the event has developed a fantastic reputation for sharing best practice and celebrating ‘green’ achievements.

As one teacher, who attended the 2015 event, said: “It’s a great chance to get started or extend the range of ideas. The event is a great way to celebrate children’s achievements and gives them a sense of where they fit in the local, national and global picture.”

In the run-up to the awards, pupils from across the city will be busy developing projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment, ready for the awards ceremony. All schools with pupils aged 3-18 years in Peterborough are invited to attend, culminating in a mix of students from across the city.

“PECT is leading the way nationally with its eco framework for schools,” explains the Environmental Education Manager Jill Foster. “We are embedding knowledge of sustainability issues into classes to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students. The PEEAs are a great way to celebrate the successes and share the students’ enthusiasm and excitement for their projects.”

The projects are grouped into 10 green themes: health and happiness, equity and economy, culture and community, land use and wildlife, sustainable water, local and sustainable food, sustainable materials, sustainable transport, zero waste, and zero carbon. The countdown for the event begins now!

“This is the third year we have been sponsoring the Eco Awards and I must say every member of staff and our supply chain who has been involved has commented on how much they have enjoyed the day,” explains Skanska’s Contract Manager John Birkenhead. “Seeing the pride in the children’s faces when they presented their projects is worth every penny.”

PECT is also grateful for the support of PGR Construction, Dalrod UK Ltd, HW Martin, J Shevlin Ltd, and GAP Group.

For more information on the event or the Peterborough Eco Framework for schools please contact Jill Foster at PECT on 01733 866440 or email [email protected]. For further details about Peterborough Environment City Trust, visit www.pect.org.uk.