Ashden LESS CO2 Programme

Solihull Council Press Release

This school year (2017/18)  will mark the third  year of Solihull Council’s involvement in the Ashden LESS CO2 reduction initiative.

Ashden is a national charity that champions and supports leaders in sustainable energy in the UK and developing countries. For the past year Ashden and Solihull Council have been working together on a programme to reduce the carbon footprint of school buildings in the borough.

The programme is supported through a joint approach between the Council’s Property Services, Asset Management and Sustainable Development teams.

The programme focuses on three core areas:  changing behaviours to instil energy awareness; professional audits of school buildings to see where energy can be saved; and integrating sustainability across the curriculum.

Every school that takes part in the next round of the scheme will receive a free energy survey with a report that outlines the best type of energy projects that the school could install for little or no cost. It will also receive one to one advice on steps to reduce energy and resources helping to incorporate sustainability.

The aim is to inform and teach schools on how to save energy and cut their costs and carbon emissions. The programme consists of four half-day workshops that will promote networking and experience sharing, which are key to continuing to build on the good work that Solihull schools and academies are currently undertaking.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing & Regeneration said: “It’s great that we are seeing the return of the Ashden LESS CO2 project as it’s pivotal for children to understand the importance of looking after the environment and creating a healthier future.

If you are a school in the Solihull area, to book a place on the Ashden Programme contact Sarah Lardner by email or call 0121 704 6874 (Mon-Wed)