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Cash boost for green schools project

A project to educate three Suffolk schools about energy conservation has been given a cash boost by a power company.

From Press releases - 23 April 2014 12:00 AM

A project to educate three Suffolk schools about energy conservation has been given a cash boost by a power company.

UK Power Networks has bolstered the Switching on to Turning Off campaign, run by community charity Groundwork Suffolk, with a grant of nearly £7,000 from its Power of Giving Fund.

Out of a pot of £100,000 for the East of England, the Power of Giving fund offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for community projects which focus on improving the local environment and promoting energy efficiency.

Judging takes place twice a year and organisations are now being urged to apply for funding before the next deadline of April 30.

Groundwork Suffolk works with volunteers and communities to transform disused land and help to combat climate change, by implementing programmes which help people to adopt energy efficiency measures in their homes and workplaces.

The money from the Power of Giving fund will be put towards a pilot project which aims to engage pupils, teachers and parents in a programme to help schools save energy, reduce bills and cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Whitton Primary School and Suffolk One College in Ipswich are both signed up to the project but there is still space for one more school to take part.

Oliver Ingwall King, senior environmental business advisor from Groundwork Suffolk, said: “We are delighted to have received the support from UK Power Networks to enable us to work with Suffolk schools to help them learn about their own energy consumption and become more efficient. There is a huge potential for all schools to become more energy efficient, not just helping the environment but also saving money that can help the school.
 
“Groundwork had secured some funding to begin the project but needed additional help to run our pilot project and help prove the value of the approach. The project is working with three schools, two primary and a college, to help engage the students, school staff and governors in energy efficiency. Without the support of UK Power Networks we would have not been able to reach these groups.”

UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity to about eight million homes and businesses in the South East, London and East Anglia, launched the Power of Giving grants in 2013.

UK Power Networks’ Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling said: “We are delighted to award this money. Community projects are so important, and require a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved.

“The Power of Giving fund is our way of giving something back to the communities where we live and work.”

Full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria and application form, are available on UK Power Networks’ website: here or by writing to: Stakeholder Engagement Team , UK Power Networks The Power of Giving scheme, 237 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 6NP

Any schools interested in taking part in the Groundwork Suffolk project should contact Aimee Clark, Aimee.Clark@groundwork.org.uk, on 01394 444218