Pupils and staff at Garnock Lodge Primary School have been celebrating being made a Silver ‘Eco-School.’ The school had previously been awarded Bronze but having impressed the judges, their efforts have been given greater recognition.
The Eco-Schools Awards is designed to encourage pupil-led, whole school action for the environment. It is a recognised award scheme that accredits schools who make a commitment to continuously improve their environmental performance.
As part of the Silver Award, pupils formed an Eco Committee that looks at every aspect of how the school works. They are also responsible for coming up with ideas to help a school become more environmentally friendly.
Fiona Holmes, Service Manager at Garnock Lodge, said:
“The children have been working very hard and deserve huge credit for achieving this award. As part of the curriculum we have been learning about electricity, energy and sustainability.
“The kids have carried out an environmental review and as part of the action plan hey are helping the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling. This has made a real difference to the way in which we think about our local environment and how we can make it better.”
The Eco-Schools programme is managed in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Keep Scotland Beautiful is the leading provider of sustainable development education initiatives in schools, encouraging action and behavioural change by young people which will leave an enduring legacy for Scotland; it is part of its work to help make Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow.