The LESS CO2 sustainable schools programme is a free energy efficiency programme available to any UK school, regardless if you are council run, an academy or independent.
Through a series of half day workshops spread through the year, peer mentoring, expert advice and resources, staff are empowered and equipped to make changes and improvements to their school to reduce their energy usage, save money on bills and lower their CO2 emissions.
The programme fired up the whole school to reduce CO2 emissions. The staff who attended were inspired and brought that inspiration back to school to invigorate the whole school community.
Head teacher, LESS CO2 school in Surrey
Our programme enables schools to work together and learn from each other, in clusters of 15 schools in a suitable geographical area, led by experts and award winning sustainable schools. Schools attend four local workshops throughout a year.
These workshops teach the school’s representatives about energy saving in their buildings, how to engage with their fellow staff and students about energy, and teaching them about the link between sustainability and energy use and efficiency.
The workshops are attended by a mixture of teaching and non-teaching staff from the schools, typically two attendees per school, who share their different skills and perspectives on energy use in the school environment.
By working together, and learning from each other in a friendly, supportive, peer-led environment, our LESS CO2 schools take steps to reduce their energy use, with the confidence that they are making sound decisions for their school’s future.
As this programme is available free for all schools taking part, the investment in your staff’s time to attend the workshops will be amply rewarded through ongoing savings in your energy bills and also through the enrichment of your curriculum teaching on environmental matters.
Quick wins to energy savings
Engaging with your staff and students
Linking sustainability into your teaching
Being a sustainable school
In between the workshops, the schools have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt, this helps the programme become part of your school's culture and means you can start saving energy, and money on your bills, from day one. In subsequent workshops you share your experiences, challenges and successes with your peer group.