SCHOOLS across Solihull have been recognised for their outstanding commitment to sustainable and greener practices.
The Greener Solihull Awards formed part of the Sustainable Schools Conference, which this year had a strong focus on the journey to ‘net zero’.
Open to all schools in the borough, the awards challenge pupils and teachers to learn more about the environment both locally and globally, and strive to make their school more eco-friendly.
Presented by local business champions, the awards help to develop a sense of pride in each school’s sustainability activities.
Schools receiving the awards were: Blossomfield Infant School, St Patricks C of E Primary School, Monkspath Junior and Infant School, Coleshill Heath School, Sharman’s Cross Junior School, Merstone School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School, Solihull College, Balsall Common Primary School
The award winners this year showcased the breadth of climate action taking place in Solihull schools.
Attendees heard about students’ litter picking initiatives, campaigns to reduce the amount of food waste in school canteens and even how a group of pupils created bee hotels to improve biodiversity.
The awards were broken down into different categories which covered pupil led initiatives, linking in with wider environmental campaigns and embedding sustainability into the curriculum.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson, said: “It’s wonderful to see just how serious our schools are about taking on the climate change emergency.
“From embedding sustainable development goals into the curriculum to encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school, eco-leaders across the borough are doing a fantastic job.
“Their hard work combined with the enthusiasm of the children to reduce their carbon footprint, makes me feel confident that the future of our climate is in good hands.”