Friday, 14 March 2008

Sustainable schools

There is a report in the TES Magazine about sustainable schools and the government's target to improve schools' carbon footprints with a £7 billion fund to refurbish primaries. I found it particularly interesting as one of the schools, Kingsmead Primary, is not too far from where I live.

The carbon footprints of three schools is compared:
Leigh Primary School (1890s) - carbon factor of 51
Michael Faraday School (1974) - carbon factor of 66-71
Kingsmead Primary School (2004) - carbon factor of 48.

The Carbon Trust regards good practice as 31.5. Isn't it interesting that all three schools are nowhere near this. In fact, typical practice is 44.5 - not even Kingsmead beats this.

I think there's a lot of progress required if the government's targets are to be met.

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