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    Footprint Trust Press Release - Date: 04/09/08

    REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINTS AT ISLE OF WIGHT SCHOOLS


    Hundreds of school students and teaching staff on the Isle of Wight will learn how to be more eco-efficient this academic year. A touring roadshow run by Island educational charity the Footprint Trust is visiting schools over the current term.

    The free service involves the whole school in activities aimed at improving the understanding of environmental issues. Part of the day includes a workshop called 'Life Cycle'. This goes into details about global issues such as pollution, waste, water and oil resources.

    Students and staff can also take part in an 'Eco Audit' of their school. This highlights good practice, such as switching off lights and PC monitors when not in use, and how to use water and energy more efficiently. It's estimated a typical school could save as much as 1000 a year in energy and water bills by being more efficient.

    The free workshops run by the Footprint Trust all contribute to helping Isle of Wight Council realise its Eco-Island vision by 2020. The government has also issued a report encouraging schools across the UK to halve their carbon footprints - also by 2020.

    Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member for Children and Young People Alan Wells said "This is a great scheme and one the council supports. Climate change and ways to help the environment are topics that are constantly in the news. By showing students and indeed teachers how the little things, such as turning off lights, fixing leaking taps and reducing waste can make such a big difference is very important in today's society."

    The Footprint Trust will be visiting a number of schools over the coming months. The team will be at Brighstone Primary School on Tuesday 16 September.

    ENDS

    Issued By:
    Simon Butler, Media Officer IW Council
    Tel: 01983 823546
    Fax: 01983 823109
    Email : simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

    Notes for editors

    Members of the media are invited to come along to Brighstone Primary and see the workshop in action on 16 September. If you wish to attend for interview/photo opportunities please confirm your attendance through Isle of Wight Council's Media & Communications Office on (01983) 823546

    Eco Island is the Island Strategic Partnership's broad based strategy for improving the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the Island. The strategy will build stronger, healthier communities with more opportunities for people to be involved in local life.

    For more information contact:

    Simon Butler
    Media & Communications Officer
    Isle of Wight Council
    07976 347636
    01983 823546
    simon.butler@iow.gov.uk

    or

    Ray Harrington-Vail
    Footprint Trust
    01983 822282
    ray@footprint-trust.co.uk




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