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Pipers Girls Go Green

Published Monday 14th of February 2011 02:40:44 PM

Pipers girls have proved their green credentials by successfully achieving the Bronze Award for Eco-Schools. The initiative heralded a week of green activities including recycled raft building, "Switch off day" and "The Big Eco Meeting" as the school�s Eco Committee raised awareness throughout the school about how even small changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy.

From the very start of the week the idea of sustainability was in evidence as the girls were challenged to build a raft out of materials that had been used before and could be recycled afterwards. The resulting creations were then used in a raft race in the school swimming pool. Another activity was "Switch off day" when everyone was encouraged to save energy by doing simple things such as remembering to switch off lights when rooms weren�t in use.

The Schools Eco-reps also held the "Big Eco Meeting" where they discussed their own views and ideas on how Pipers could be made into a greener and more eco friendly school. Major issues that were discussed included how energy could be saved in school, the subject of biodiversity and how more wildlife could be encouraged on the school site, the management of waste and what more could be done in terms of recycling and finally ways in which the impact of school traffic could be reduced.

The Eco Committee said, "Girls Go Green week has been a chance for the whole school community, including teachers, to get involved in making our school more eco friendly. The huge amount of cooperation has proved that everyone is willing and capable of making a difference. We wanted to show the school its potential of gaining 'Eco' status, and with the commitment shown this week, we have been able to achieve our Bronze Award."

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. Now that we have achieved Bronze status, the girls are keen to progress their Eco Action Plan in order to achieve the Silver Award before finally achieving a Green Flag.
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