Schools prepare to celebrate eco achievements

There’s an air of anticipation across Peterborough schools as the pupils prepare to attend the annual Peterborough Eco Education Awards (PEEAs), held at the new City of Peterborough Academy on 29th June 2015.

PECT’s Peterborough Eco Education Awards ceremony (PEEA), sponsored by Skanska, has been held annually since 2010, and will be taking place again this June. The event is an opportunity to showcase the excellent Eco Education project work that takes place in Peterborough schools, to share best practice and celebrate their achievements.

The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is leading the way with a new eco framework for schools – embedding knowledge of sustainability issues into classes to inspire the next generation of forward-thinking students.

In the run-up to the awards, pupils from across the city will be busy developing projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment, ready for the awards ceremony. All schools with pupils aged 3-18 years in Peterborough are invited to attend, culminating in a mix of students from across the city.

“The PEEAs provide an opportunity for the pupils and teachers to celebrate their successes and share ideas with each other,” explains Jill Foster, PECT’s Environmental Education Coordinator. “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, commented: “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 represented, over 100 pupils in total. The projects were grouped into Peterborough Eco Framework themes: 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 make a significant contribution towards the city’s aspiration of becoming the UK’s Environment Capital.

For more information on the Peterborough Eco Framework for schools please contact Jill Foster at PECT on 01733 866440 or email