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Green light for schools to enter eco awards

Schools that are excellent at energy saving, great at gardening, or super at road safety can have their work recognised in the Green School Awards 2021.

The awards celebrate schools’ environmental achievements from teaching pupils about nature or recycling all the way through to encouraging families to walk to school.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 10 September and anyone associated with a primary, secondary or special school can submit an entry including teachers, support staff, governors, volunteers, parent and carers.

Awards’ judges will assess the best school-led activities in the following categories:

  • Clean Air for All Award
  • Energy Conservation Award
  • Recycling Award
  • Green Champion Award
  • Nature Conservation Award
  • Green Travel Award.

A vast array of award entries over the years have included a healthy lunch campaign, beekeeping club, forest school activities, ‘plot to plate’ projects, drives to reduce plastic waste, and green energy schemes.

The event’s coordinator Karen Brinkman, of the KM Charity Team, said: “These awards are about rewarding any effort that makes a difference to the community. At one school, pupils collected huge amounts of litter which had been dropped in nearby woodland and took it back to school to recycle it. That is such a straightforward thing to do, but it is transformative for everyone who visits that woodland and an important lesson in our impact on the environment.”

Winning schools will be invited to an awards ceremony staged at the end of the year. The schools will also be able to display the Green School Awards logo as a mark of excellence online and in printed literature.

For more information, or to enter by Friday 10 September, visit the Green School Awards website or contact Karen Brinkman at

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