A NEWQUAY school has recruited a young ‘energy police’ squad with the power to reprimand students – and even teachers – who fail to switch off lights.
The 10-strong unit at Treviglas College, called Team Sustainability, can hand out ‘red faces of shame’ to classrooms and staff members who aren’t energy conscious.
The fun move is part of the college’s ongoing drive to cut energy bills and lessen its impact on the environment.
Other recent changes include replacing fluorescent lights in the school theatre with LED panel lights, vastly reducing energy consumption.
Gordon Stone, the college’s energy manager, said: “With buildings which date back in places to 1961, we have a great deal of scope to reduce our energy costs and improve our energy efficiency. A number of key upgrades have been completed already including a window replacement programme and on our new buildings we have installed a number of low energy and renewable technologies including solar.”
Treviglas teamed up with local energy efficiency experts Happy Energy to devise a plan to both reduce and generate energy across the whole school site.
Adrian Wright, chief Executive of Happy Energy, said: “We were delighted to work with Treviglas College on the drama studio lighting upgrade. We were struck by the passion and enthusiasm of the energy team there and impressed by the impact that some of their low cost activities had made on the attitudes of both staff and pupils alike.
“Team sustainability, a crack group of 10 green students, hand out a red face of ‘shame’ for classrooms and teachers who left lights on when the room was empty and a happy green face to reward those classes which were deemed energy and resource efficient.”
Mr Stone added: “We are looking at a wide range of options for further energy saving works including insulation, biomass boilers, LED light upgrades and renewable energy generation. Saving energy is not only the sensible thing to do, but an essential thing to do.”
Treviglas will soon launch a new website aimed at sharing energy saving ideas throughout the community. There will also be a major event at the college in July, called ‘EcoRipple’, which will act as a sustainability showcase and is aimed at schools and businesses across Cornwall.