PETERBOROUGH, UK – Youngsters across Peterborough have been celebrating their eco achievements at a special annual awards ceremony sponsored by Skanska and supported by John Henry Group.
Students across the city took part in the 2015 Peterborough Eco Education Awards (PEEAs), which were held at the new City of Peterborough Academy on 29th June 2015.
The PEEAs, sponsored by Skanska and run by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), showcase the excellent Eco Education project work that takes place in Peterborough schools, to share best practice and celebrate achievements.
“This year’s displays were absolutely fantastic,” said event organiser Jill Foster from PECT.
“We had exhibits on everything from an exploration of what makes us happy, a Roman trail around the village of Castor, students setting up and running their own healthy Fairtrade tuck shop, through to a RUBBISH presentation on reducing, reusing and recycling. It was wonderful to see how engaged the pupils were with the Environment Capital vision.”
In the run-up to the awards, pupils aged three-18 years developed projects which demonstrated their commitment to the environment. The projects were grouped into Peterborough Eco Framework themes, which comprised categories such as health and happiness, land use and wildlife, and local and sustainable food.
The projects on display covered 9 out of the 10 Peterborough Eco Framework themes, revealing the great breadth of green topics that were demonstrated on the day. The projects were displayed at the event and marked by a panel of judges.
“If we want the next generation to reap the benefits of a more sustainable world, then we need to encourage people, of all ages, to think about the role they can play,” said John Birkenhead, Skanska Contract Manager for Peterborough Highways.
“The Eco Awards are a fantastic way of engaging with young people, while also highlighting the passion and creativity on offer in Peterborough’s schools. I know I can speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say how proud we were to be involved in such a worthwhile project.”
For more information on the Eco Awards and to see the full results of the 2015 awards, visit: www.pect.org.uk
*Information obtained and compiled from the official PECT press release.