This term Parrs Wood’s CO2 Team hosted their own, Efficiency and Recycling Convention. This followed on from the visit in December by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, who came to hear about the school’s award winning efficiency and recycling improvements that have been led by the student team. In a one hour presentation and tour given by the students the Secretary heard about the strategies used to bring about such impressive changes, and how the involvement of the whole school community including students, teachers and site staff is essential.
As a result of this Parrs Wood is being used as a Flag-ship to encourage other schools across Manchester to make similar improvements. To help with this the C02 team held an Efficiency and Recycling Convention in January. The student team explained their approach and outlined the results of their work to over 100 representatives from other schools. Guests also had the opportunity to talk with several company sponsors that the CO2 team invited along in recognition of the support they have given the school in becoming more efficient. Each sponsor had the opportunity to explain the services they offer, and Greater Manchester Environmental Strategy Department also used the event to unveil its new Greater Manchester Schools Energy Efficiency Program designed to help other schools achieve similar results to Parrs Wood. The council has several million pounds available for schools to apply for to fund efficiency measures, and the CO2 team are acting as key advisors to help other schools in this process. We have already put information on the school website about how schools can conduct an Efficiency Audit to identify where they can make savings. There is also information about how our sponsors can help, and more advice is being added soon.
The theme of the Convention was how schools can benefit from working
collaboratively and the importance of student leadership in engaging the whole school community. Besides the CO2 team other student leaders were at work, not least a team of year 11 students who not only welcomed and directed guests, but also made and served food and refreshments. An impressive display of student art work was also on show that had been produced as part of a competition with the support of the art department. The feedback from guests was very positive with many requests for further guidance.
We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us to become more efficient and save money.
By the CO2 Team