Website Can Help Schools and Colleges Going Green; EDUCATION WALES
Byline: Abbie Wightwick Education Editor
COLLEGES and universities in Wales are to be offered guidance on how to be green.
The Environment Agency Wales estimates that Welsh primary schools produce 26.5kg of waste per pupil every year, with paper and cardboard being the most prominent waste.
Welsh secondary schools have become a primary source of car traffic and higher education institutions in Wales consume 355 million kilowatts of energy each year costing more than pounds 11m.
They also produce 87,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Environment Agency Wales.
However, students and pupils in Wales are increasingly aware of global warming and taking action.
Thousands of students in Wales take part in recycling challenges every year and many schools are becoming increasingly involved in environmental initiatives.
Schools, colleges and universities are now being offered help on how to increase their sustainability by logging on to www.netregs.gov.uk which provides free guidance on environmental law and good practice.
NetRegs, which runs in partnership with the Environment Agency Wales and the Environment Agency England, has now produced environmental guidance tailored specifically for educational establishments.
The guidance covers issues such as pollution prevention and control permits for laboratories, green procurement practices for halls of residence and environmental guidance for caterers on campus.
It is particularly relevant to head teachers, janitors, facilities and ground managers, and those with responsibility for laboratories and workshops, an Environment Agency Wales spokesman said. …