Energy

Anthropogenic Climate Change: refers to the production of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity. By examining the polar ice cores, scientists are convinced that human activity has increased the proportion of ‘anthropogenic’ greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Fact: Just through simple changes in behaviour, your school will find that a 10% reduction in energy usage can be achieved quickly and easily. In fact, on average Eco-Schools save around £3,364 on their energy bill!

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The Pod's Switch Off Fortnight

Take part in Switch Off Fortnight this November – choose any two weeks in the month that suit your school.

The official Eco-Schools Seven Step Switch Off Fortnight Guide linking #SOF2018 to your Green Flag award application.

How Switch Off Fortnight Works

Week 1 – background research and campaign design

  • Learn why it’s important to try to save energy (Step 4).
  • Complete a school audit to find out where energy is being wasted (Step 2).
  • Using the resources available on the Pod, and ones you have created, plan a campaign that will help persuade everyone in school to try to use less energy (Step 3).
  • At the end of this week, put up posters and plan a week-long energy saving activity.

Week 2 – campaign activation – spreading the word!

  • Activate your campaign – perhaps starting with a whole school assembly.
  • During the week – hold activities that will help everyone get involved with energy saving – e.g. rewards for the department who is the best at remembering to turn off electrical appliances and lights (Step 5).
  • At the end of the week – complete a second school audit, to find out how behaviour has changed (Step 6).

 

School Examples

Does your school have any great #SoF stories?

Let us know what you got up to for #SoF

eco-school@keepbritaintidy.org or share with us @ecoschools and @edfenergy

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