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Resource efficiency in schools

Being an energy efficient school can mean big savings on energy bills, provide real-life learning opportunities, as well as tackling climate change through cutting carbon emissions.  Many schools in Bath and North East Somerset are looking to improve the energy perfomance of their buildings and are using energy more efficiently.  


Schools Carbon Reduction Programme (ended in 2013)

In 2013 71 schools opted-in to receive a bespoke energy survey report based on energy analysis, energy management and a site survey. The report includes action plans for caretakers, senior management and pupils to assit the implementation of the recommendations.

  • Events were held throughout June 2013 to disseminate general findings of the surveys. The presentation from the event for senior schools staff is available from the menu to the right.
  • To assist in setting up and running an energy management programme in your school we have produced guides to each step of the way. These guides cover; Setting Up Your Energy Team, Reviewing The Energy Management Matrix, Writing Your Energy Policy, Monitoring and Targetting Energy Use, Writing and Implementing Your Action Plan and Energy Work in the Curriculum. These can be downloaded from the menu on the right.

Central Energy Contract

The Council manages a central energy contract for schools, meaning schools pay a fair price for energy and have Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) meters installed on their energy supplies.  AMRs mean accurate billing and the ability for each school to view its half-hourly energy consumption online; a great tool for identifying energy saving opportunities. Details about joining the contact are on the Hub.

2017 update: Energy Sparks

Energy Sparks is a computer and tablet based application for the classroom. It was developed in by Transition Bath, Bath:Hacked and the Council and builds on previous Council-run energy monitoring projects and competitions run in schools. As well as the potential to save money your school’s energy bills, The project also supports the primary curriculum, particularly KS2 maths (interpreting data including a range of charts) and KS2 science (electricity and working scientifically).

Energy Sparks uses data from the Automatic Meter Readings (AMR sometimes called a smart meter) collected by the energy provider and produces easy-to-read charts showing their gas and electricity consumption. The site also allows schools to record activities in which children learn about saving energy and spread the energy-saving message (for example running a ‘switch off’ campaign, holding a ‘no energy’ day).

The site gives reward points and badges for reducing your school’s energy usage, as well as for the learning activities that help pupils engage with energy issues. Logging on weekly allows pupils to see their school’s progress, and compare their achievements with those of other schools.

To get involved please contact Transition Bath and Bath:Hacked via the Energy Sparks website.


Further Sources of Support and Information

Financing 

Salix Finance might be suitable for projects where schools are looking to invest in energy effeciency measures.

Eco Team and Eco Schools

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. Eco-Schools can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole school united behind something important”

The Pod

An excellent resource for teachers and pupils who want to make their school more sustainable, and is designed to support the Eco- Schools programme.

Carbon Detectives

Provides support and ideas for actions that your school can take to reduce their carbon footprint. It also provides tools to allow schools to monitor their progress and report their savings.

Generation Green

 Helps to make your school more sustainable with free lesson plans and a fun website.

Food for Life Partnership

Teaching resources, case studies and  information on everything you need to know about the Food for Life programme.


The Director of Public Health Award for Schools

Early Years and Colleges recognises the work carried out by settings to make a real difference to the health and well-being of children and families in Bath and North East Somerset. The Award encourages settings to think about sustainability issues linked with maintaining a healthy weight and many involve their children and young people in activities particularly linked to active travel, cooking and growing food.

To find out more about the Award, go to the Director of Public Health Award webiste or contact Judy_allies@bathnes.gov,uk

Waste and Recycling

Bath & North East Somerset Council offers free activities and services to support learning about waste, recycling and composting.  See our web pages for information and advice about recycling and waste collections. Free compost bins are available on request (while stocks last).

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