Pupils play part in green bid
Schools in Bristol are preparing to back the city's efforts to become European Green Capital 2015.
Bristol narrowly missed out to Copenhagen for the 2014 title but intends to build on the momentum gained in that bid to secure the honour next time around.
Young people are among the biggest enthusiasts for environmental initiatives and are keen to get involved.
The city council has spent more than £1 million installing solar panels in 35 schools. Many schools also take part in the Eco-Schools programme run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which supports efforts to increase sustainability. The best performers earn the Green Flag award.
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One of the keenest schools is St Bernadette's Catholic Secondary in Whitchurch, the highest-performing secondary in this summer's Green Team recycling challenge.
The school was awarded a bronze medal – made from recycled brown glass bottles – for recycling 53 per cent of its waste.
Simon Anthony, waste education officer at Bristol City Council, said: "St Bernadette's have really taken on the green challenge over the past few years and really stepped up how they manage their waste. The school now recycles food waste, cardboard, cans and glass as well as paper . It now throws away half as much rubbish as it did in 2009. I've been very impressed with how engaged and aware of environmental issues St Bernadette's is."
The school's pupil planners have been made using carbon-balanced paper – saving on emissions – and cups used at parents' evening are made of biodegradable materials.
Students have developed a "greenhouse project" growing strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce and learning about how food miles contribute to climate change.
Six Year 9 students, Safiyyah Abdul-Karim , Lucy Bennett, Kirsty Harrison, Giselle Mijar-es, Jerlen Pangilinan, and Lauren Stone, were ambassadors for the project.