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4 July 2017

King's College Gains Green Flag Award!

The King's Sustainability Strategy (KSS) team have had a highly successful year promoting and improving the school's sustainability credentials. Highlights of the year include the refurbishment of The Renewable Energy Cabin (TREC), the construction of an eco-friendly greenhouse made out of recycled bottles, the introduction of Fair Trade into boarding houses and an outreach programme promoting sustainability to local prep schools.

The team have just heard they have received the prestigious Green Flag award. Originating from the school’s participation in ‘Eco-schools’ – a global programme run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) - the award is awarded to schools who show outstanding sustainability practices and is the pinnacle of this year’s achievements.

“Eco-Schools is a fundamental initiative which encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. It starts in the classroom where it expands to the school and eventually fosters change in the community at large. Through this programme, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag. The Eco-Schools programme is an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community while at the same time having a life-long positive impact on the lives of young people, their families, school staff and local authorities.” (Eco-Schools, Keep Britain Tidy. The environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is the Eco-Schools National Operator for England.)

The KSS team consists of 17 enthusiastic pupils ranging across all year groups, a member of the teaching staff, a school governor and the Director of Operations, Commander Alan Prosser. KSS runs as a service activity on a Monday afternoon and has grown in popularity over the last few years. The pupils have many exciting plans and ideas to implement next year, including the launch of a KSS magazine. If any pupils are interested in joining KSS, please contact Mrs French.

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