The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is leading the way nationally with its new and bespoke Eco Framework for Peterborough schools – embedding knowledge of sustainability issues into classes to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students.
The framework allows schools to show their progress towards becoming Sustainable Schools and their contribution towards enabling Peterborough to become the UK’s Environment Capital.
As part of the new framework, schools can gain accreditation in each of the 10 Environment Capital themes. Certificates will be awarded for each theme, and when a school has achieved five themes they can proudly fly the flag. During the summer term, pupils across the city were invited to contribute to the design of the flag.
“We wanted the pupils to play a significant part in the creation of this flag and so we ran a competition looking for their designs,” explains Environmental Education Coordinator Jill Foster. “We were delighted that over 100 entries were submitted, then student Eco Teams shortlisted 15 entries, which a professional designer interpreted to create our finalised flag. It was fantastic to unveil to the students at our recent Peterborough Eco Education Awards a flag design that they had contributed so massively towards.”
For each framework theme there is a target to achieve by 2050, objectives to work towards, plus a list of local providers who can assist with resources and information. The aim is for schools to develop a responsible outlook among the pupils based on an appreciation of the impact of their personal values and behaviours.
Four schools have been quick off the mark and already gained certificates in either one or two themes. These were Braybrook Primary School, Wittering Primary School, Woodston Primary School and Hampton Hargate Primary School.
Cllr John Holdich, leader and cabinet member for education, skills and university at Peterborough City Council, said: “It’s great to see so many young people supporting Peterborough in creating the UK’s Environment Capital. Reducing the amount of energy we use, increasing the amount we recycle and generally minimising our impact on the environment is key to creating a greener future. I hope to see many eco flags being flown over city schools in the coming months and years.”
For more information about the Peterborough Eco Framework for schools please contact Jill Foster at PECT on 01733 866440 or email [email protected].
The unveiled Peterborough Eco Framework Flag Design