eNewsletter April 2018

Peterborough Environment Capital

Initiatives for schools

Environmental Education is a vital part of Peterborough’s ambition to create the UK’s Environment Capital. Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) runs a number of projects in local schools to support the delivery of environmental education, and to help schools reduce their carbon footprint.


Eco Schools
The Eco Schools programme provides a simple framework to enable a school to become more sustainable and provides a structure for fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Schools Framework. PECT provides assistance to schools looking to become Eco Schools. Peterborough is aiming for 100% of the city’s schools to become Eco Schools by 2010. For more information contact: Jill Foster, Sustainable Development Education Officer, Tel: 01733 866440, Email: jill.foster@pect.org.uk
 

Greener Schools 
Website for teachers listing all environmental education providers and resources available locally.  Over 100 local teachers are already using this resource because it makes it easier to provide lessons about the environment.  The site makes it easy to find a range of local and national environmental resources including visits to farms, allotments and wildlife parks, lesson resource packs, videos, speakers, free environmental goods and teacher training.  There is also a calendar showing events for teachers, children or families and a list of sources to look for grant funding for projects.  Visit www.greenerschools.co.uk to find out more or click here to see some volunteer exchange case studies. For more information contact: Jill Foster, Sustainable Development Education Officer, Tel: 01733 866440, Email: jill.foster@pect.org.uk


Adopt a Tree with Forest for Peterborough 
For just £15 you can adopt a tree in the Forest for Peterborough! We’ll give you the opportunity to plant your tree and send you a personalised certificate.  The Forest for Peterborough project won’t create a single woodland in one set place, but will increase tree coverage in different areas all over the city. It will also increase the range of habitats in the city such as grassland and hedgerow as well as woodland. We want to create green corridors throughout Peterborough to allow our wildlife to flourish.


Greener Futures 
Greener Futures is an online resource for delivering environmental education with sites for KS1+2 and KS3.  Each website comprises two key sections: a questionnaire and an interactive game. The questionnaire captures information on the pupils’ lifestyles with sections on transport, food, energy and water use. The idea of the resource is to educate young people about the need to manage our planet’s resources and empower them to take action. In the KS1+ 2 site there are six games which look in more detail at key environmental themes and help pupils learn more about what they can do to be green.  The KS3 game puts pupils in charge of a planet where they must make decisions which impact the sustainability of their colony. Landfill or waste reduction? More homes or more green space? Both websites have won prestigious Green Apple awards for demonstrating best practise and innovation. Visit the Greener Futures website...  For more information contact: Jill Foster, Sustainable Development Education Officer, Tel: 01733 866440, Email: jill.foster@pect.org.uk 


Volunteer Exchange 
Matching schools with volunteers from local businesses to create exciting outdoor classrooms with vegetable patches, ponds, flowerbeds and wildlife corners. Outdoor classrooms provide students with hands-on, interesting lessons about the environment. Students learn about where food comes from and how to grow vegetables, they engage with the natural environment and understand how everyday actions can impact on local wildlife. The Volunteer Exchange is part of the Greener Schools website and was set up to link schools and businesses for mutual benefit. If you are a school seeking volunteers, or a business who can donate time register now at www.greenerschools.co.uk 


Car Sharing 

Share your journey and help reduce the number of cars on the city's roads.  Sharing your journey not only helps to reduce the number of cars on the city's roads, but also supports Peterborough's aspiration to become the UK's Environment Capital. It also has obvious cost benefits for members, sharing your daily commute with one person will halve your fuel costs and sharers can typically save £1,000 a year.  Travelchoice has developed a dedicated website to allow residents in and around Peterborough to search for people to car share with. Simply register on http://www.carsharepeterborough.com/ then enter your journey details; stating where and when your trip starts and ends and how often you make it. The website will automatically search for other people making similar journeys and if a suitable match is found you can contact that person to finalise plans.


Rivercare 

RiverCare is a community engagement project that re-connects people with their local river environment. RiverCare empowers community groups to ‘adopt’ and enhance their local riverside environment by carrying out regular conservation, litter clean-up and wildlife surveying tasks. People of all ages can get involved and form groups with neighbors, sports clubs, work colleagues or a youth group. If you have an idea for a RiverCare project that you would like to do, visit the Rivercare website  to find out more.


The Green Wheel 

The Green Wheel network of cycle routes provides over 45 miles of continuous sustainable routes around the city. It was one of the first large scale projects Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) delivered for Peterborough and first opened in 2000.  Not only does the Green Wheel contribute to a sustainable transport system, it also celebrates over 3000 years of social, cultural and economic history through colourful interpretation boards and a series of sculptures. This £11 million project was 50% funded by the National Lottery through the Millennium Commission, matched by contributions from public and private businesses and voluntary organisation.

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