PUPILS at a County Durham school are learning easy steps to help the environment. Willington Primary School near Crook has signed up to a programme to help it become greener, saving resources and money.
The Green Check programme, run by environmental charity Groundwork and gas company United Utilities, aims to help North East schools cut their energy and water use and improve recycling.
As part of the programme the children will learn about waste, recycling, carbon emissions, healthy eating and energy efficiency.
Sam Jackson of Groundwork said: “This project is the first step in getting youngsters actively involved in environmental issues.
“By using our activities to help the children become more aware of green issues, the schools also become more energy efficient to run.”
United Utilities, which runs the region’s 36,000km network of gas mains on behalf of Northern Gas Networks, is supporting the programme again after a successful first year.
As well as providing financial support, United Utilities also encourage its staff to visit the schools and take part in environmental projects with the students.
Gas engineer Mark Clifford, said: “This is a great way of helping the community and at the same time helping the next generation to appreciate the environment we live in.”
The scheme was launched last year in nine North East schools and nine more have signed up this year. Experts from the partners will help the school examine its use of energy, water and waste with the aim of improving its environmental performance and giving youngsters a better understanding of environmental issues.