Lincolnshire’s schools are urged to switch off!

Lincolnshire Schools Switch Off challenge
Lincolnshire Schools Switch Off challenge
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Last year’s Lincolnshire Schools Switch Off challenge was a success and, as a result, Lincolnshire County Council will launch the second challenge on Friday, July 10.

The Schools Collaboration on Resource Efficiency (SCoRE) programme is a free, student-led education programme that focuses on energy reduction. The programme is available to all schools across Lincolnshire and it trains several pupils in each school to become Lincolnshire Carbon Ambassadors.

Chairman of LCC’s environment scrutiny committee Councillor Lewis Strange said: “The Switch Off day is a real opportunity to identify ways of making long term energy savings. It is a great way to get teachers and pupils thinking about their energy use, and what simple changes they can make to reduce their consumption.”

All electricity, including lights, computers and interactive white boards will be switched off for the whole day. Readings will be taken during the challenge and will be compared to ones taken on a normal day. The SCoRE team will co-ordinate the challenge and will give prizes to the two schools that make the biggest reductions.

SCoRE project officer Jonathan Parkin said: “We were really pleased at how many schools got involved in the last challenge, and the winners, St Paul’s Primary School in Spalding, saved 85 per cent compared to a normal day.

“Sustainability in schools is all about finding that balance between saving energy and being practical. We don’t want staff and pupils to work in dark, cold classrooms – instead, we want them to firstly find out where energy is commonly being wasted and then implement their ideas in tackling that wastage and improve their schools for the better.”

SCoRE encourages all schools to take part in the challenge and hope it will be as successful as last year.

To register and receive a free resource pack, email score@lincolnshire.gov.uk