Entries now being accepted for the 2013 Ashden School Awards

Ashden is a sustainable energy charity based in the UK, and they have recently announced that they are going to be seeking entries for the 2013 competition called the Ashden Schools Awards.

Two winners of the award are going to receive £5000 each, and this is going to be awarded at a prestigious ceremony which takes place at the Royal Geographical Society in June next year.

It’s not just cash prizes that are going to be available, but there are many other benefits of being one of the competition winners. Media coverage is also going to surround the event, and it is going to encourage people at the schools to learn more about sustainability and environmental protection.

Said Sarah Butler Sloss: “We don’t necessarily expect schools to have renewable energy technology – although this is welcome – or the highest energy efficiency rating, and we know that schools often start with very different facilities.

“What we are really interested in is their commitment to sustainable energy, the progress they have made to embed energy efficiency into their culture and curriculum, and the potential they show for inspiring other schools to follow.”

Okehampton College in Devon won an Ashden Schools Award in 2010 and is now involved in the Ashden LESS CO2 programme. Community technology co-ordinator Keith Webber says: “Winning an Ashden Award has given real credibility to the work we have been doing, as well as the encouragement to develop it further. It also has led to new opportunities and partnership working that our school has greatly benefited from.”

Entry for the Awards is free and the closing date for UK applications is 23 November 2012.

See who won the Ashden Awards in 2012 http://www.ashden.org/UK_2012.