Andy Duff, CEO of RWE npower, was today joined by singer and young mother, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and pupils from Thornhill primary school, Islington; London, to launch the ‘npower Greener Schools Programme’ – a £20 million five year initiative designed to make UK schools more sustainable.
The npower Greener Schools programme aims to reach 2,500 schools by providing a combination of ‘green makeovers’ including free energy audits, helping to implement tailor made energy efficiency measures to reduce their carbon footprint and educating children on how to be greener. The programme will roll-out Climate Cop Academies to train children in simple ways to save energy in a bid to empower them to share their knowledge with their families.
npower’s Greener Schools Programme follows the Government’s National Framework for Sustainable Schools by focusing on:
Children: 7 – 11 year old school children will take part in the Climate Cops Academy designed to educate them about energy saving in a fun and dynamic way. A dedicated website www.climatecops.com will inspire pupils to do their bit for the environment through interactive games and downloadable activities
Curriculum: creative education resources for teachers based around the ‘Climate Cop’ theme have been developed to stimulate learning and deliver curriculum based knowledge and understanding of energy efficiency in Science, Geography, Citizenship and Environmental Studies and Education for Sustainable Development
Campus: schools will be offered free energy audits by trained professionals; advice on how to lower their carbon emissions, financial grants and where possible, practical help and funding towards energy efficiency and microgeneration measures including wind, solar or ground-source equipment
Community: the programme has been developed to raise awareness around the importance of energy saving in the wider community
Andy Duff, CEO of RWE npower comments: “The npower Greener Schools programme underlines our commitment to protecting the future of UK schools and the environment. Our aim is to make children feel empowered to make a difference and guarantee a brighter future.”
Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: “As a mother concerned about the environment and education I’m really excited to be involved in the npower Greener Schools programme. The programme is unique in that it has been designed to motivate children to make their own choices in how they want to save the planet. Every day we can all do a few small things that together will make a big difference.”
Interested schools are encouraged to visit www.climatecops.com.
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