Peterborough schools prepare for annual eco education awards

The 2014 awards ceremony
The 2014 awards ceremony
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There’s an air of anticipation across Peterborough schools as pupils prepare to attend the annual Peterborough Eco Education Awards (PEEAs) held at the City of Peterborough Academy on June 29.

The awards by charity the Peterborough Environment City Trust, sponsored by Skanska, have been held annually since 2010.

The event is an opportunity to showcase the excellent eco education project work that takes place in Peterborough schools, to share best practices, and celebrate achievements.

In the run-up to the awards, pupils from across the city will be busy developing projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment.

All schools with pupils aged 3-18 years in Peterborough are invited to attend, culminating in a mix of students from across the city.

Jill Foster, the PECT’s environmental education coordinator, said “The PEEAs provide an opportunity for the pupils and teachers to celebrate their successes and share ideas with each other.

“The pupils’ enthusiasm and excitement about their projects is infectious. You can’t help but end the day smiling.”

John Birkenhead, contract manager for Skanska, said: “At Skanska, protecting the environment for future generations is one of our core values.

“We are proud to sponsor this event as it gives young people the opportunity to work on projects that can contribute to creating a more sustainable city for people to work and live in.”

Last year’s event, held at Nene Park Academy, saw 19 schools and over 100 pupils represented.

The projects were grouped into: health and happiness, equity and economy, culture and community, land use and wildlife, sustainable water, local and sustainable food, sustainable materials, sustainable transport, zero waste and zero carbon.

Peterborough schools help contribute towards the city’s aspiration of becoming the UK’s Environment Capital.

For more information on the Peterborough Eco Framework for schools, contact Jill on 01733 866440 or email jill.foster@pect.org.uk.