Students compete to design greener schools

Students across Brighton and Hove start battling it out to see who can come up with the best plan to make their school greener, as part of a new competition launched today by the organisers of the first Eco Technology Show.

All local primary and secondary pupils have been challenged to come up with ways to reduce their schools’ impact on the environment in one of the following areas: water, waste, energy and transport.

Once the school groups have agreed on the area they want to tackle, they must think of a project idea, then draw, colour in and annotate their design. The winning entry will be exhibited at the American Express Community Stadium at the Eco Technology Show 2012 (15-16 June), where it will be seen by thousands of visitors.

There is still time to take part in the competition — the deadline for entries is 17 May. Schools should contact Robyn Steer for more details. Albion in the Community Creative Arts Department created the competition in partnership with the Eco Technology Show.

Robyn Steer, Creative Arts Coordinator, Albion in the Community, said:
“The project was set up to engage young people in an eco-discussion and to give them the opportunity to actively explore what their school already does that is ‘green’.

“The project lets Brighton and Hove’s young people audit their school’s existing eco-projects and take creative control in designing how their school could be even greener.

“All of the schools involved so far are eco-schools, but this project enables them to look that bit further and see what else they could do – with no budget set, the project really encourages blue-sky thinking. It’s also open for any new local school to get involved and I am really excited to see what they design!”

Nicola Gunstone, director at the Eco Technology Show says:
“Environmental awareness and sustainable behaviour is becoming increasingly important within schools, to help the younger generation better understand the issues facing our planet and to look after their environment.”

“The Eco Technology Show at Brighton’s Amex Stadium is a great day out for local families, as well as school groups and teachers. It provides access to the best suppliers of sustainable products to help minimise waste, improve energy efficiency and reuse products for use in homes, schools and businesses. It’s also the place to gain clarification on environmentally focused government regulations which will be covered in a series of free seminars on the exhibition floor.”


  1. The Eco Technology Show takes place on the concourse of the American Express Community Stadium on 15-16 June 2012. The concourse will be transformed into an exhibition of unique businesses where decision makers, subject specialists, policy makers and buyers from both business and the general public can learn about the latest eco-innovations. See for more details.
  2. Albion in the Community (AITC) is the charitable arm of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Every year, many thousands of people directly benefit from participating in AITC’s courses and other activities in Sussex and beyond. See for more details.
  3. The seven confirmed participating schools to date are Westdene Primary, Coldean Primary School, Patcham House, Patcham Junior School, Patcham High School, Downlands Community School and Balfour Primary School.

To see how The Big Lemon works with schools to reduce their impact on the environment, click here