Rewarded for help in reducing emissions

Judith Fraser (front) with Coun John Stirling and the other winners after the event.
Judith Fraser (front) with Coun John Stirling and the other winners after the event.
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Schools, leisure teams and individual staff members have been honoured for their environmental efforts.

North Tyneside Council held an awards ceremony celebrating the council teams who have significantly capped their carbon emissions.

A total of 92 buildings have been given a ‘carbon cap’ and an energy efficiency and carbon footprint target to reach – and one school has already saved more than £11,000.

Coun John Stirling said: “We are committed to reducing our own carbon footprint as well as the borough’s.

“Staff play such an important role in the process and the impressive results show just how dedicated they are; I would like to thank everyone in the 92 buildings for making such a tremendous effort.”

Stephenson Memorial Primary School, in Wallsend, scooped the prize for best school after reducing its electricity consumption by 30 per cent and gas by 19 per cent.

Assistant Headteacher Stephanie Pawlett said: “From turning off lights and closing windows, to setting up an Eco Warrior group and gardening club, both the staff and the children have been extremely involved and enthusiastic about achieving the savings.

“We’re all very proud of what we’ve already accomplished and it was fantastic to be rewarded for our hard work at the celebration event.”

Best overall effort went to George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, which reduced gas and electricity consumption, saving £11,250.

Other winners included the council’s Indoor Sports and Leisure group who triumphed in the best service team category; best building performance was awarded to the White Swan Centre; and Judith Fraser, the Eco-School Coordinator from Stephenson Memorial Primary School, was given the certificate for best individual achievement.