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Reducing our Carbon Footprint

How are we Reducing our Carbon Footprint?

The school takes the importance of us reducing its carbon footprint very seriously. Although we have not made enormous steps, we are starting to look at long-term projects and this overview is to give an update as to where we are now.

Lighting

With the exception of the Teresa and Theatre buildings, because they did not need new lighting, all new lights installed recently as part of the five-year testing/remedial work, have had motion sensor switching, so that they turn off automatically when there is no movement for a period of 15 minutes. All replacements are energy saving bulbs, which will reduce our energy consumption.

Recycling

Recycling continues to be popular and we are always seeking other items, in consultation with our refuse collection/other companies, that we can recycle.  We are currently looking at packaging and items of waste from the kitchen to see if this can be reduced or whether more can be recycled - this is on-going. We continue to have problems with separation of cardboard and paper, which is a training issue, but can and will be resolved.

New Boiler Control Panels and Sensors

Although the new boiler control panels were commissioned because the old ones failed and needed to be replaced as an emergency, we took the opportunity to replace with ones that are going to give us better temperature control within buildings and help us reduce energy use.

Photocopiers

New photocopiers were installed during summer 2013 are much quicker and more efficient and go on standby (more quickly) automatically, when not in use.

Water Management

After consideration of some of the issues we have had in the past with Thames Water and looking at our consumption, we have taken the stance that, where possible, we would replace with more ‘consumption efficient’ toilet cisterns and taps. These have been installed in Curie and Moles' student toilets and Bronte and Pankhurst's staff toilets.

Whole School Computers

Energy saving devices installed:

Upgraded to Windows 7, which automatically switches monitors on to ‘power save’ after a short period of inactivity

After a longer period it will turn off the hard drive and most other components

In the evening we have ‘shut down script’ which runs at the end of the day. This varies from day to day due to site being open longer on some days

SCCM installed which allows us to specify finer control over power management, alongside Windows group policy as a more general power management system

Eco Hand Driers

A rolling programme to replace old-fashioned hand driers that take a longer time to dry wet hands, with new eco-friendly ones that are lower voltage and use less electricity.

General Maintenance

As part of our three-year maintenance plan, we have identified energy savings within the Moles corridor by replacing the louvers. We are hoping to look at replacing these and other windows in the school that are in general disrepair, as part of bid for additional funding from the Government's Capital Investment Plan, and it is hoped that, if this bid is successful, then this will have an impact on our energy costs across the school.