School backing city's bid to be named as Europe's green capital
HEADLEY Park Primary School is supporting Bristol's campaign to become European Green Capital 2014.
The city will hear next week whether it has beaten Copenhagen and Frankfurt to the coveted title.
The school is on its own quest to become an official Eco-School and has made significant changes as part of its eco programme, including installing solar panels, putting insulation in throughout the school building, introducing recycling bins in the playground and weekly food recycling, and setting up an eco team.
Head teacher Brian Walton said: "Our students are really enthusiastic about making the school more sustainable and they're full of imaginative ideas for things we can try.
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"As well as all the obvious improvements such as solar panels and better recycling facilities, we've also done things like hold regular Big Green Days, we've made a greenhouse out of plastic bottles, and every week a trophy is awarded to the greenest class for things like having the least waste paper in their bins and turning their lights out at break time.
"We are delighted to show our support for Bristol's European Green Capital 2014 bid. It would be a great opportunity to show the rest of Europe the fantastic passion for green that we have in this city and the amazing scope of work that is going on at every level – from school children to businesses and the community. I hope all the schools in Bristol will sign up to support the bid too and show how important it is to the young people in our city."
Cabinet member for children and young people, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, said: "A huge amount of green activity has been going on in our schools around the city, and it's partly thanks to all this activity that Bristol has made it to the finals of the European Green Capital awards.
"Thirty five schools now have solar panels installed, we have a successful schools' recycling programme in place, and there are 120 schools in the city registered as Eco-Schools and working hard to make their schools more sustainable and share their ideas with others."
Cabinet member for festivals and communities, Councillor Guy Poultney, said: "It's fantastic to see all the work going on at Headley Park Primary and we're delighted they are signing up to support Bristol's bid.
"Being a sustainable city and hopefully the next European Green Capital means a better quality of life for the next generation, it means more jobs in the environment and technology sectors, and it helps to bring our communities together by working on something that has benefits for us all."