Awards for helping to reduce emissions

All the winners who have helped reduce North Tyneside Council's carbon footprint with their certificates.

All the winners who have helped reduce North Tyneside Council's carbon footprint with their certificates.

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Staff have been honoured for helping reduce North Tyneside Council’s carbon footprint.

For the third year running an awards ceremony was held to celebrate staff who have helped cut the authority’s carbon emissions.

It feels amazing to be presented with this award again.

Judith Fraser, teacher and eco-co-ordinator at Stephenson Memorial Primary School

Working towards a ‘carbon cap’ across 92 buildings, they have helped achieve a 15 per cent reduction so far, with an anticipated 29 per cent cut by March 2016.

There were five categories – best school, best building performance, best service team, best individual achievement and best overall effort.

The school award went to Wallsend’s Stephenson Memorial Primary School, where staff and pupils have reduced electricity consumption by 48 per cent and gas by 59 per cent.

Judith Fraser, teacher and eco-co-ordinator at the school, said: “It feels amazing to be presented with this award again.

“As a whole school we have made an effort to reduce the amount of electricity we use by turning off computers and lights when they aren’t being used.

“The effort has been excellent and I am very proud of everyone involved.”

The other awards went to the council’s Indoor Sports and Leisure team for best service team, best building performance (non school) was awarded to the White Swan Centre at Killingworth, best individual achievements went to Judith Coulson and Peter Ellis, and best overall effort went to Whitley Bay Customer First Centre.

To further help the council achieve the carbon reduction targets for its buildings and the borough, a series of other projects have been delivered, including installing LED lighting in council buildings; additional installation of solar panels on council homes; offering residents insulation and heating measures; a waste incentives campaign; as well as the promotion of a scheme for businesses and other organisations to follow to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.