Reducing Carbon Footprint

Students are playing a key role in helping to reduce the carbon footprint of this new school. The contractor is involved in consultations with students at Kenilworth Multi Academy Trust (KMAT) during the build process on issues which will help minimise the school’s impact on the planet.

Ideas are discussed by the KMAT’s ‘Green Team’ and the wider student population – both at the current Kenilworth School and the Sixth Form site. Their focus will be on changing the habits and routines of staff and students and are likely to include creating a plastic-free zone, introducing measures to prevent litter, and reducing plastic wrapping.

They will also recommend recycling materials where they can be used in the curriculum, such as in product design, textiles, catering, and art. The suggestions will augment the raft of environmentally friendly features the architects have already planned for the building.

These include ensuring a lower demand for energy in the first place by creating a thermally efficient shell, installing energy-saving technologies such as solar PV panels, high-efficiency boilers, air source heat recovery units and low energy lighting. They will also encourage more sustainable modes of transport by installing electric vehicle chargers and providing hundreds of cycle racks.

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