The Green School Awards showcase environmental campaigns and best practice.
The awards focus on the best school-led initiatives in the following categories: green travel to school and road safety, energy conservation, nature conservation, air pollution, recycling, and health and wellbeing. Schemes should link to schools to some degree, perhaps with the original idea being generated by a school but then carried out in pupils’ homes or the wider community.
Suggested examples showing this link between school and wider community could involve a design competition to reduce electricity use staged in school with pupil’s stickers being used in the family home or parents’ place of work; homework project to design and build a bird house that is used in the pupil’s garden. And of course the region’s walk to school schemes and associated road safety work are also celebrated through the Green School Awards.
The event originally started in Kent and now accepts entries from Sussex, Surrey, London and East Anglia.
Initiatives can focus solely on school grounds such as a recycling campaign created and delivered on school premises or the creation of a nature conservation area or kitchen garden to grow vegetables used in the school kitchens.
An awards celebration event will take place at Ashford International Hotel in February.
The Green School Awards are staged to help children become more knowledgeable about our environment and how we can help protect and conserve it, encouraging eco friendly behaviour.
Nominations for 2019 closed on 7 December 2018.