16, July 2015: An enlightening two-day â€˜Sustainability Conference’ hosted by an Accrington high school attracted groups from other schools across East Lancashire and as far away as the Fylde coast.
Held at St Christopher’s High School Sixth Form Centre, the conference covered all aspects of sustainability and environmental awareness, with a series of workshops and presentations and a busy â€˜marketplace’ featuring a range of informative stands.
Among them was an exhibit hosted by North West-based solar panel specialist Solarlec, who have installed solar panel systems for schools up and down the country, helping them to not only become more sustainable in their energy needs, but also to reap the financial benefits of solar power.
Representing Solarlec at the conference, Antoni Squires reported a very positive response and a high level of interest in renewable energy both from the pupils themselves and the teachers and governors attending.
"Some of the pupils already knew a bit about solar power, either from learning in school or from having solar panels at home, but they were all fascinated by how sunlight can generate free electricity," said Antoni.
"I was great to see how keen the next generation is on using renewable and sustainable energy sources and protecting the environment."
As part of the conference Antoni also led a 20-minute seminar for adults representing the various schools attending the conference, setting out the significant long-term cost-saving and ecological benefits of solar power for schools. As well as slashing energy bills, solar panels can generate and income stream through the Government’s Feed-in Tariff.
"A lot of the delegates were aware of the benefits," said Antoni, "but not aware that their school could installa system with no upfront cost, which many had seen as a stumbling block. The reaction was very positive."
Antoni’s seminar was followed by one from Dr Morgan Hope Phillips of Eco-Schools England, which reinforced the potential benefits to schools of pursuing renewable energy solutions.
Also in the bustling conference marketplace were stands highlighting a wide range of sustainability issues, including Fairtrade and food production, waste management and recycling, outdoor environmental education schemes, water resource projects, nature and wildlife conservation and renewable energy sources.
Around 40 schools attended over the two days from as far afield as Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Preston, Chorley, Ribble Valley and across East Lancashire. The first day was devoted to primary schools and the second day to high schools, with activities and workshops spread across both days.
Event co-ordinator Wendy Litherland, Director of Sustainability at St Christopher’s, explained: "It is all about inspiring schools to take action to improve their own environment and that around them. It’s about giving power to the pupils to embrace sustainability as the next generation of custodians for our environment and its resources."
For more information about solar panels and their benefits for schools, business or homes, visit www.solarlec.com or call 0800 2346616.
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