Schools on the west coast of Cumbria are endeavouring to reduce their carbon footprint while empowering the students and pupils to learn more about sustainability.
CAfS is supporting a group of 16 primary and secondary schools to have the biggest impact they can on their students’ understanding of climate issues.
We are sending environmental auditors/reviewers to perform carbon audits at each of the schools to discover how advanced each location is in its sustainability efforts. During their visit, they look at things like the carbon footprint of the school, the materials they use and whether there are already any initiatives underway or groups set up to take action.
Once our auditors have established the priorities for the school, we are allocating funding towards personalised support that targets that establishment’s biggest needs to become more sustainable. These can include technical audits, direct energy saving measures, funding to allow the formation of action committees and many more measures informed by our youth projects coordinator and the schools.
There are numerous sources of funding being channelled into the project, with some coming from the Zero Carbon Cumbria lottery fund.
We are also helping the staff and students to find their own sources of funding where this could help their efforts.