Grants to help schools go green
E.ON understands the importance of sustainability and the reduction of carbon emission so they have developed E.ON SOURCE. This is a web resource and a fund that offers grants of up to £30,000 to community groups and not-for-profit organisations for sustainable energy projects in their buildings.
Three schools have been awarded grants so far:
- Ashlawn School and Science College, Rugby awarded £15,000 for a wind turbine
- Claremont School Tunbridge Wells, Awarded £10,000 for solar technology
- Sandwich Technology School, Sandwich, awarded £15,000 for a wind turbine
If your school would like to apply for a grant you just need to complete an application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries about the fund you can also email email@example.com.
There is one further round of funding planned for this year. The deadline is Friday 21 December, so get your applications in now.
Work with your pupils to help them to understand the importance of energy by exploring the different ways it is used in their communities:
5–7s: Energy at home
7–11s: Our new school
Carbon offsetting is not a substitute for change
The Sustainable Development Commission believes that carbon offsetting should not be used as a substitute for making crucial changes to our lives. “Emissions trading is simply a framework. Immediate action must also be taken to ensure that low carbon technologies are developed and deployed, perverse incentives are eliminated, and that progress is made on starting the essential process of behavioural change.”
Carbon offsetting can help raise awareness and reduce the impact of people’s actions but it should not be viewed as a solution for climate change. The way that climate change must be tackled is to reduce the amount of carbon emissions.
Work with your pupils to show them ways in which changes can be made to save energy in the activities below:
5–7s: Save energy
7–11s: On the trail of the energy wasters