Students celebrate green achievements at Peterborough Eco Education Awards 2016

The green achievements of students across the city are being celebrated after this year’s Peterborough Eco Education Awards (PEEAs), which were held at the Voyager Academy on Wednesday 29th June 2016.

The PEEAs, sponsored by Skanska and run by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust, showcase the excellent Eco Education project work that takes place in Peterborough schools, to share best practice and celebrate green improvements.

“It is fantastic to run an event that encourages so many students to be involved with and enthusiastic about environmental issues,” explains PECT’s Environmental Education Manager Jill Foster. “The pupils put in so much hard work preparing their projects for the event, and there was a real air of excitement as they waited to hear which awards they have won. The students leave at the end of the day all eager to start preparing for next year’s event!”

In the run-up to the awards, pupils aged 3-18 years developed projects which demonstrated their commitment to the environment. The projects were grouped into Peterborough Eco Framework themes, which comprised categories such as health and happiness, land use and wildlife, and local and sustainable food. The projects were displayed at the event and marked by a panel of judges. 

“This is the third year Skanska has sponsored this event along with members of our supply chain and the feedback I continue to receive is that this event is one of the most fulfilling that we all attend,” explains John Birkenhead, Contracts Manager for Skanska on Peterborough Highways. “Hearing the passion in the students voices and the smiles on their faces when they explain what they have been doing is great to see. I would also like to thank all the teaching assistants and teachers who support the students in delivering their wonderful projects.”

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

With thanks for the support of Skanska, Voyager Academy, PGR Construction, Dalrod UK Ltd, HW Martin, Shevlin, Aggregate Industries and GAP Group.

For more information on the Peterborough Eco Framework for schools please contact Jill Foster at PECT on 01733 866440 or email jill.foster@pect.org.uk. For further details about Peterborough Environment City Trust, visit www.pect.org.uk.

Winning Projects

Eco Factor Award
(Voted for by the children themselves)
- Winner: Voyager Academy
- Winner: St Augustine’s CE Junior School

Judges Special Awards
- Winner: Hampton College (Primary)
- Winner: Hampton Hargate Primary School
- Winner: St Thomas More RC Primary School

Sustainable Transport/Health and Happiness/Local and Sustainable Food
- Winner: Orton Wistow Primary School
- Highly Commended: Queen’s Drive Infant School
- Highly Commended: St Augustine’s CE Primary School

Land Use and Wildlife Award
- Winner: Woodston Primary School
- Highly Commended: Braybrook Primary School

Health and Happiness / Culture and Heritage / Local and Sustainable Food / Sustainable Materials / Sustainable Materials / Equity and Local Economy / Zero Carbon Award
- Winner: Southfields Primary School
- Highly Commended: St Thomas More RC Primary School
- Highly Commended: Middleton Primary School

Zero Waste / Sustainable Materials / Local and Sustainable Food / Land Use and Wildlife / Health and Happiness Award
- Winner: Discovery Primary School
- Highly Commended: Hampton Vale Primary School
- Highly Commended: Hampton College (Primary)

Land Use and Wildlife / Health and Happiness / Culture and Heritage / Local and Sustainable Food Award
- Winner: Gunthorpe Primary School
- Highly Commended: Voyager Academy
- Highly Commended: Hampton Hargate Primary School