SECONDARY schools across Carmarthenshire are competing to be the greenest and the chance to win £5,000.
The council is running the first ever Eco Challenge Award Scheme for secondary schools to find out who is the cleverest when it comes to energy conservation, reducing waste and environmental best practice.
There are three different categories and three cash prizes up for grabs - £5,000 first prize, £2,500 second and £1,000 third.
Sustainability officer Tina Brice said: “This is our first Eco Challenge Award Scheme for secondary schools. If your school has been involved in an innovative eco initiative make sure you enter. We also want to hear from those schools that have delivered real innovation or have designed sustainable projects that others can learn from.”
The categories include most innovative eco initiative that leads to real reduction in carbon emissions in the school; best waste reduction, recycling or waste minimisation scheme and most environmentally improved school.
The competition was launched at QE High School in Carmarthen.
Council chief executive Mark James said: “Sustainability is a major priority for the council and its partners and we all have a part to play including our secondary schools. We must reduce the amount of energy we use and the amount of waste we produce, not only helping us to save money but reducing our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.”
CAPTION: QE High School pupils Andrew Stanfield, Omar Zorob and John Zhen with council chief executive Mark James, acting headteacher Allan Carter, eco schools co-ordinator Paul Lewis, executive board member for education Councillor Gwynne Wooldridge, head of education Wyn Williams, sustainability officer Tina Brice and executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hughes.
Picture: Jeff Connell.