Schools | Environment
Every Drop Counts
Last summer CREATE carried out a survey on water conservation in schools, on behalf of the Environmental Agency.
Energy and water management professionals were also invited to complete the survey. This was to help ensure that anyone and everyone who is involved in supporting the efficient use of water in UK schools and their say!
Three main outcomes of the study are:
- School personnel lack awareness of the potential for savings in water consumption and costs
- Water meters in schools are often inaccessible, making the careful monitoring of water consumption a difficult task
- Schools lack finance to install water saving measures
In response to these outcomes the Environment Agency is working
with the DEFRA, DfES, Ofwat, Water UK and The Buying Agency (managers
of the *Watermark programme), to identify
ways to help schools manage their water more efficiently. CREATE
has also been involved in the discussions and will keep you informed
of progress through Energy Watch.Remember - fix dripping taps and
identifying leaks, they can be very costly!
Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk for more advice on how to save water and for curriculum resources for schools and colleges.
*Watermark is a government backed programme to develop a computerised water monitoring database system that will provide the public sector, including schools, with benchmarks and targets for lowering water consumption.
For further information go to www.watermark.gov.uk
Waste Minimisation Project In Liverpool
CREATE is working with local partners in Liverpool 8 to demonstrate a holistic approach to the issue of waste in a small inner city community.
The initiative is being funded by The Onyx Environmental Trust through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, together with Liverpool City Council and involves local social enterprise Energywise Recycling and INclude Regeneration Company.
Over the coming months the project will: Pilot a kerbside recycling service for approximately 1000 households. Develop and run a community empowerment, education and awareness raising programme in the area, working with schools, youth groups and the local community Monitor the effectiveness of the above over a period of 16 months in terms of raised awareness and greater involvement in recycling service.
The project will results will be independently audited by Liverpool University.