Eco-Schools is a successful way to engage children in environmental issues. Using a simple seven-step framework children can improve their environmental awareness, and identify, plan and deliver positive change. Eco-Schools develops skills and can improve the school environment and deliver financial savings for the school. Schools can choose to work towards the Eco-Schools Green Flag award, either at bronze, silver or gold level. For more information please see the Eco-Schools website.
Herefordshire Council supports the Eco Schools topics of Energy, Litter, Waste and Transport .
Guide to energy saving and carbon reduction
We have produced a guide for schools on energy saving and carbon reduction and emailed it to all schools. This guide shows how simple, no-cost actions can reduce energy use by up to 10%, delivering reductions in costs and emissions.
To help monitor energy usage, West Mercia Energy can supply historic energy data and other suppliers may also be able to provide data.
Marches Renewable Energy Grant Scheme (MarRE)
Schools can apply for a 50% grant towards the installation of eligible renewable technologies on their premises. Grants will only be awarded for new installations at existing premises. The MarRE project covers a range of technologies including:
Wind / Solar /Aerothermal - including air source heat pumps / Geothermal - including ground source heat pumps / Hydrothermal and ocean energy / Hydropower / Biomass / Landfill gas and / Sewage treatment plant gas and biogases
Litter and waste
Removing and reducing litter helps to improve school environments. We're working to reduce litter across the county with the Stop the Drop campaign and encouraging people and organisations to take part in the annual Great Herefordshire Spring Clean.
We provide litter picking equipment and school resource packs to download, to support schools in getting involved in these campaigns. Over 30 schools have signed litter pledges, creating projects and starting movements within their schools to reduce littering.
Visit Stop the Drop for more information, support in organising litter picks and to order equipment.
- Download a Schools Litter Resource pack
- Download a Stop the Drop secondary school litter resource pack
All recyclables collected by Herefordshire Council are taken to the Envirosort recycling facility near Worcester.
Schools can visit Envirosort or a schools education officer can visit your school.
For information contact Michelle James – Education and Communications Officer email email@example.com or phone 01905 761680.
Envirosort has an animation illustrating the process and where the recyclables are sent for reuse.
Transport - on the school run
We're working to cut the number of car journeys to school and improve safety. We want to cut congestion and pollution, as well as allowing more pupils to get regular exercise by walking or cycling to school.
School travel plans
Almost every school in the county has a travel plan which commits them to reducing the number of cars coming to their site.
Schools are encouraged to review their travel plans regularly.
Bikeability cycle training
We provide free Bikeability cycle training to years 5 and 6 in primary schools and all year groups in secondary schools.
Sustrans Schools Officer
To increase cycling and walking at Hereford city schools we employ a Sustrans Schools Officer who delivers a range of activities including cycle skills, scootability and holiday activities.
For more information on any of these schemes please contact firstname.lastname@example.org