All secondary schools in Bracknell Forest will be awarded £500 each to help them achieve their climate change goals, following last month’s student climate change conference.
During the conference, students took part in a workshop run by Design Nature and were assisted in developing a specific idea or small-scale project that they could take back to their school to make them more environmentally friendly. Some of the proposed projects included ideas to:
- tackle food waste
- improve biodiversity
- grow vegetables to be used in school lunches
- save energy
- encourage sustainable transport
In recognition of the student’s hard work, the council is awarding an initial fund of £500 to each school’s project. Schools will then be able to present a summary of their progress in the next academic year and bid for further funding to continue their success.
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Executive Member for Environment, said:
“Thanks to the hard work of the students who attended the climate change conference, our secondary schools will be taking steps towards a more environmentally friendly future.
“We want to help get their projects underway and the £500 award is a great place to start.
“I can’t wait to see what our secondary schools can achieve with the tools they have learnt from the conference, good luck to all involved.”
The £500 award comes from the council’s climate change action plan reserve fund, which was created in 2021 to help support local climate change activities.
To read more about how the council is tackling climate change, read its climate change strategy.