SCHOOLS, leisure teams and a community centre have been thanked for their environmental efforts.
To reduce carbon emissions in the borough, North Tyneside Council set a target for 52 of its buildings to find reductions to help achieve an overall 34 per cent drop in emissions by 2015.
And staff were thanked for their efforts at a celebration event held at Killingworth’s Lakeside Centre.
Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “As a council, we are working extremely hard to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.
“Staff play an important role in helping us reach our targets and I was delighted in being able to recognise and reward their hard work at the celebration event.
“It is also important to remember that this isn’t just a council effort but a borough-wide effort, too.”
The awards were categorised under five headings; best school, best building performance, best service team, best individual achievement and best overall effort, highlighted the biggest achievers.
Marden High School in North Shields achieved a 21 per cent saving in electricity consumption and a two percent gas reduction measured from the baseline year.
The other awards were presented to the council’s leisure services department for best service team, the best building performance (non-school) was given to the White Swan Centre, the best individual achievement was awarded to Darren Little, leisure assistant at The Parks Sport Centres, and George Stephenson High School won the best overall effort.