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Eaton House The Manor is delighted to announce that it has won the Gold Award for ‘Green School Building’ in the City Kids 2023 Green Awards for Education. Bursar Liam Corbett is particularly pleased as it is part of a wider schools’ wide drive to promote its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy, a copy of which can be seen here.
“In the In the last year, our mission has been to publish a radical Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy, to ensure that Eaton House The Manor is the most environmentally friendly, socially aware and diverse institution that it can be, and this Award is a reflection of that,” he says. “We will keep on upgrading The Manor site constantly to be the most green-friendly we can be.”
Eaton House Schools produces 60% of its own electricity through 142 solar panels, and more are planned in the future. Within the school, some 90% of the schools’ lighting is now low energy. Classroom fittings are daylight LED fittings that produce as near to natural light as possible, and intelligent lighting systems ensure lights are not left on unnecessarily.
The site has over 300m2 of Green Roofs, which help to reduce sulphur dioxide and nitrous acid levels in the atmosphere, providing enough oxygen for 210 people per year, as well as providing a diverse habitat for wildlife. It also has over 100m2 of Living Walls, producing 172.8kg of oxygen and removing 233.8kg of CO2 from the air every year, with more planned. The school contains grey water, saving over 25,000 litres of fresh water every year to irrigate the plants.
The school’s waste is zero to landfill, with at least 60% being recycled each month. By recycling cardboard waste, the Manor site has helped to save 230 trees in the past 12 months. Pupils are also taught that it is critical not to build up plastics in our oceans, or pollute our air with excessive emissions, and a number of experts have come to talk to them about that. All the schools have ‘Green Days’ and there are often unique events that turn the pupils’ minds to this critical issue. We are committed to continuing and increasing our involvement in these ‘Green Days’ and are now actively looking at ways the pupils themselves can plan and deliver ‘Green Days’.
Contractors are encouraged to visit the school sites using sustainable modes of transport where possible and all pupils are asked if they can walk, cycle or scoot. Cycle parking for pupils and staff is provided and staff can benefit form the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme.
The City Kids judges said:
“Love the fact that you haven’t just focused on solar and energy on roofs but also green roofs to improve biodiversity and air quality. Brilliant to hear you have done both structural and behaviour changes throughout your school and educate students in what is happening.” Suzanne Gibbon, Let’s Go Zero
“The team at Eaton House The Manor has shown that with commitment, older buildings can be upgraded to lower carbon emissions and contribute to a more eco-friendly future. Let’s hope that other schools can learn from the example.” Victoria Evans, City Kids Magazine Editor
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