Local school has ‘got the power’ and 60 new green graduates
Around 90 pupils from South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School in Nottingham have shown they’ve got what it takes to become npower’s latest Climate Cops, after taking part in the energy-supplier’s award-winning ‘Climate Cops Academy’.
The interactive learning day – which is part of npower’s environmental education programme, designed to help pupils learn about saving energy and climate change and help schools become more sustainable – comes after npower funded and installed new solar panels on the school’s roof to help the school reduce their carbon emissions and save money on their energy bills.
Vincent Hampton, Headteacher at South Wilford Endowed said, “Since September 2012 we have been keen to become a more environmentally-friendly school, and are delighted that the new solar panels have already generated enough electricity to make over 13,000 cups of tea and 148kg of CO emissions have been avoided.”
During the ‘Climate Cops Academy’, pupils aged between seven and nine learned about simple ways to save energy while having fun. This included generating electricity with body movement, using a thermal imaging camera to see the effects of insulation and, most importantly, making their pledge to help the environment.
The Climate Cops Academy and solar panel installation supports Nottingham City Council’s SCoRE programme, which works with pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community to help schools become more energy efficient. During the Academy, pupils were joined by special guests Councillor Pat Ferguson and Councillor Roger Steel.
Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy Sustainability at Nottingham City Council said, “This is a great example of youngsters getting involved in helping their school become ‘greener’ in the way it operates. In Nottingham, we are setting the example when it comes to working with pupils and teachers to help them reduce energy usage and think more about the ways they can use it more efficiently.”
Over 8,000 children took part in Climate Cops Academy days across the UK in 2013 and the programme has now reached over 60,000 students since it began in November 2007. In the Nottingham area alone, more than 2,800 pupils have participated in a Climate Cops Academy event since 2010.
Children can visit http://www.npower.com/climatecops for interactive games and downloadable activities while teachers can visit http://www.npower.com/education to order free Climate Cops teaching resources for 4-14 year olds, designed to help bring sustainable development, science, geography and citizenship lessons to life.