SERIOUS MONDAY: GREEN SCHOOLS

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The British government has announced new energy-saving and eco-friendly school building projects as part of its drive to ensure that all new schools are carbon neutral.

A total of 200 projects will be taking place over three years and will include the use of greener technologies such as wind turbines, solar power and biomass boilers.

England’s Schools secretary, Ed Balls, has said he will be appointing a taskforce to look at how schools could reduce their environmental impact. There is also a separate target to make school travel more environmentally friendly by 2020 as part of a wider plan for “sustainable” schools which includes promoting greener power, reducing energy consumption and encouraging more recycling.

Under the projects announced by Mr Balls, a typical secondary school will receive £500,000 to promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Measures could include improving insulation, using lower-energy lighting and energy-saving devices on school computers.

Susan

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