Age 16-19 winners 2010
Project Al Gore
Maricourt Catholic High School, Liverpool
"This was an ambitious project that has been a tremendous success and has created a wonderful legacy"
What was the project?
Inspired by the key messages of former US Vice President Al Gore on climate change and citizen action, Maricourt’s school council had an ambition to make their school more sustainable and environmentally friendly. They wanted to reduce carbon emissions, encourage fellow pupils and staff to think greener, to make their school grounds more environmentally friendly and to have healthier school meals. The aschool council looked at ways to make their school building more sustainable in electricity supply and waste management. By applying for grants, fundraising and receiving money from the school governer, the school concil were able to acquire solar panels for the roof of their sports hall, which made their electricity supply carbon neutral. School classrooms were fitted with energy saving lightbulbs that are only in use when the classroom is occupied. On top of this they have planted 30 trees in the school grounds and they recycle 90 per cent of the school’s waste. The school council also work closely with the school cook and kitchen to encourage a healthier diet.
What did the project change?
Project Al Gore has radically changed the fabric of the school environment and transformed how the student body think about how their actions can affect the environment. This was an ambitious project that has been a tremendous success and has created a wonderful legacy for future students and for the environment.
What did the judges say?
The judges admired this project’s intent and ambition. This school council have chosen to see their school not just within its immediate environs but in connection with the wider world. The project has brought about changes in mind set and attitude. The judges also commend the very real positive impact on the environment the school has made and also the lasting legacy the school council have created for the school and future generations.