26 March 2012>
St Gwladys Bargoed School have become the first school in the Caerphilly county borough to achieve the coveted Eco Schools Platinum Award.
Their Eco Schools journey started back in March 2000, meaning they have been involved in reducing their environmental impact through the Eco Schools Programme for 12 years, which is an amazing achievement.
In achieving the platinum award they have tackled and shown improvement in all 8 eco school topic areas; waste minimisation, litter, healthy living, school grounds, transport, global citizenship, energy and water.
The knowledgeable, articulated and committed eco committee led an outstanding Eco School assessment highlighting the schools brilliant eco school portfolios, which showed the eco schools process perfectly to the assessors.
The assessors' comments included: "Excellent whole school approach demonstrated through many different strands with the Eco Schools message shared in many diverse and exciting ways. There are always innovative eco projects in place including Waste not Wednesday, The Trolley Dash and Walking Ideas to name a few".
"St Gwladys have an excellent traffic light system in place as part of their environmental review to steer action planning to ensure they are always striving to produce new actions as well as re-enthusing old actions to the whole school and wider community".
St Gwladys Bargoed School have shown their commitment and dedication to improving the environmental performance of the school through their hard work and determination in achieving a whole school approach to the Eco Schools programme over the past 12 years. This is evidenced by their outstanding success in achieving the Eco Schools Platinum Award.
For more information about the Eco Schools Programme in the Caerphilly county borough please contact Tracy Evans, Education for Sustainable Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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