A school that installed high-tech infrared taps in the toilets has earned an award for its efforts towards protecting the environment.
Staff and pupils at Tring School are celebrating after receiving the coveted silver Eco Schools award now that they recycle 99% of their waste.
Students from each year group are elected to an eco committee – part of the criteria to qualify for a silver award – and develop an action plan detailing the steps needed to be more ‘green’.
Topics include healthy living, biodiversity, litter, energy and water and members of the eco committee hold assemblies to spread the message throughout the whole school.
As part of the plan, the school’s toilets were refurbished in the summer and dripping taps were replaced with high-tech infrared ones which turn themselves off automatically if left running, meaning less water is wasted.
Some of the roofs on the school buildings were replaced last year, insulation was installed and lights replaced with more environmentally-friendly LED ones.
Students have measured the cost of the school’s energy bills and seen their campaign taking effect before their eyes.
The school’s business director Rod Gibberd said: “We have blade hand dryers in all the toilets now so we no longer have to use paper towels. We’re also hoping to replace some of the single-glazed windows next summer.
Last year, buildings at the school on Mortimer Hill, Tring, emitted about 70 tonnes of CO2 but this was reduced to about 45 tonnes in the past year.
The school will now be aiming for the top ‘green’ award – the equivalent of gold.