Schools across the city are challenging pupils to think about their carbon footprint, with the launch of a low carbon schools' energy programme.
The energy reduction scheme is delivered by the city council and focuses on behaviour change and small energy efficiency measures.
Currently, Stoke Minster Primary, Abbey Hulton Primary, Birches Head High, Christchurch Primary, Goldenhill Primary and St Mary's RC Primary have signed up to the autumn term programme.
Each school will take part in five workshops and receive two visits from city council officers, to help the schools achieve an eco-schools silver or green flag award.
The finale will be an event where all participating schools will show how they have been reducing their energy use and what they’ve learned. They will then present their bid for energy efficiency funding to a Dragons’ Den-style judging panel, and successful schools will receive up to £1,500 from Balfour Beatty WorkPlace to implement their ideas.
The energy programme is open to all Stoke-on-Trent schools.
Councillor Andy Platt, cabinet member for green enterprises and clean city, said: “Reducing energy use in schools is an essential element in the transition to an energy self-sufficient city. We’ve set ourselves the goal of becoming an energy self-sufficient city by 2030, so changing habits at an early age can help us to achieve those goals.”
Last year’s summer term was the first time this scheme was rolled out in the city and saw 10 schools take part.
School interested in taking part can contact Tracy Brennan, the sustainable schools officer on email@example.com.
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