Schools in Merton and Wimbledon to be more energy efficient

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By adam_leone | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:01

Merton Council has partnered up with the University of East Anglia to improve energy efficiency across a number of schools in Wimbledon. 

This pioneering project, called 'Green School Giving: A London Schools Carbon Initiative', will raise sponsorship from the private sector to fund school energy reduction measures. 

It is being led by the UEA's Carbon Management MBA students and the council's Climate Change team. 

The council will be going to businesses in Merton and beyond, asking them to invest in energy efficiency measures as part of their corporate social responsibility. 

Naomi Baker, a student on the UEA's Carbon MBA, said: "The UEA MBA team is excited to work with Merton Council by leveraging our expertise and network to build a bridge with London's Corporate Community." 

"This will help schools deliver a high-quality low carbon learning environment for children, keep school running costs down, and meet our collective commitments on climate change." 

Councillor Andrew Judge, Merton Council's cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, said: "Tackling climate change on a local level, as well as a national level, has long been one of Merton Council's priorities." 

"So often environmental sense makes economic sense, and in these financially difficult times being environmentally conscientious is financially beneficial." 

"This project will help our schools save energy. It will also build on our solar PV programme, which has already seen panels going up on school roofs, harnessing renewable energy to help power the buildings."

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