FLYDE coast schools are proving they are switched on to saving energy.
Eco-friendly pupils have signed up to EDF Energy’s Switch Off Fortnight, which is encouraging schools to think about the amount of electricity they use.
Switching off lights and computers is pretty much second nature for youngsters and staff at Roseacre Primary School in South Shore, which has just been awarded its second Eco Schools green flag.
Clare Greenwood, assistant headteacher and eco co-ordinator at the Stonycroft Avenue school, said: “I’m delighted we have been awarded a second green flag.
“The eco-warriors, the staff, the whole school is really on board.
“As part of our work towards the green flag, we are already careful about the amount of energy we use and our carbon footprint.
“The children will be taking part in a poster competition to promote green messages, and the eco-warriors will be walking around school checking lights are off and computers are on stand-by – they’re really hot on it, it’s truly embedded.”
Switch Off Fortnight has been organised by EDF Energy’s Schools Programme the ‘Pod’. to encourage schools to reduce their energy consumption.
So far, 121 schools in Lancashire have signed up for the campaign, which runs until December 4.
Hawes Side Primary School in South Shore, Boundary Primary in Grange Park and Ansdell Primary are among other schools on the Fylde coast who have signed up to the campaign.
Sue Hawkey, from Boundary Primary School, said: “At Boundary we will be undertaking audits at the start and end of the fortnight to measure our improvements.
“Our in-house system, the Green Screen, allows us to measure usage on a daily basis and is displayed for all pupils, staff and visitors to see.
“Our eco-warriors are all fired up to make a difference and each class will be doing some fun activities to help understand about saving electric in school and beyond.” Schools have been sent free Switch Off Fortnight campaign packs which include a tracking chart to encourage schools to continue to switch off all year round as well as fun posters, stickers and badges.
Schools can also access lesson plans, games and activities at www.jointhepod.org, linked to the national curriculum. It is hoped by teaching the youngsters about green issues early in life, they will then take good practices into adulthood.
Robyn Broughton, EDF Energy’s schools programme manager, told The Gazette: “Switch Off Fortnight is a great initiative which raises awareness of energy issues within schools and their local community.
“But this is not a one-off, it’s an initiative that allows children and young adults to truly embrace green issues and make a real difference over time.
“We have already exceeded our sustainability commitment of engaging with 2.5 million school children on green issues by 2012.
“And we hope activities created by the Pod-like Switch Off Fortnight will continue to grow levels of engagement with young people across the country.”