A new framework to mark Peterborough students’ environmental achievements has been unveiled.
The Peterborough Eco Framework flag for schools, which has been inspired by designs from local pupils, will be flown at schools throughout the city.
The framework allows schools to show their progress towards becoming sustainable schools and their contribution towards enabling Peterborough to become the UK’s environment capital.
As part of the new framework, schools can gain accreditation in each of the 10 environment capital themes.
Certificates will be awarded for each theme, and when a school has achieved five themes they can proudly fly the flag.
During the summer term, pupils across the city were invited to contribute to the design of the flag.
For each framework theme there is a target to achieve by 2050, objectives to work towards, plus a list of local providers who can assist with resources and information.
The aim is for schools to develop a responsible outlook among the pupils based on an appreciation of the impact of their personal values and behaviours.
Four schools have been quick off the mark and already gained certificates in either one or two themes.
These were Braybrook Primary School, Wittering Primary School, Woodston Primary School and Hampton Hargate Primary School. Councillor John Holdich, leader and cabinet member for education, skills and university at Peterborough City Council, said: “It’s great to see so many young people supporting Peterborough in creating the UK’s environment capital.
“Reducing the amount of energy we use, increasing the amount we recycle and generally minimising our impact on the environment is key to creating a greener future.
“I hope to see many eco flags being flown over city schools in the coming months and years.”
Jill Foster, environmental education coordinator at the independent charity the Peterborough Environment City Trust, said: “We wanted the pupils to play a significant part in the creation of this flag and so we ran a competition looking for their designs.
“We were delighted that over 100 entries were submitted, then student eco teams shortlisted 15 entries, which a professional designer interpreted to create our finalised flag.
“It was fantastic to unveil to the students at our recent Peterborough Eco Education Awards a flag design that they had contributed so massively towards.”