New carbon hub launched during climate week

AN INNOVATIVE new website to help all East Sussex schools become more environmentally friendly is being launched during this week to coincide with National Climate Week.

The East Sussex Carbon Hub is a uniquely designed web tool to help schools across the county cut energy usage, reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

More than 100 schools have signed up to the scheme and will be receiving their logins on March 21.

Using the Carbon Hub schools can see graphs of their daily energy usage which is updated every half hour from ‘smart meters’.

They can also access information about the amount of water the school uses, the amount of rubbish produced and how people travel to school. The Carbon Hub can be used by teachers, governors and pupils to see how much their school is using and features educational tools to help them conserve resources.

It also allows messaging between schools so they can compare how they are improving.

This site will help staff and pupils to understand their carbon footprint from energy use, waste, school travel and water consumption, create an action plan to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable, see what actions others schools are taking and how they are making improvements, form links with other schools, and access funding information and educational resources.

The Carbon Hub is co-funded by Improvement Efficiency South East (IESE) through the Efficiency and Transformation fund, the project will lead to sharing experience and developing partnerships with public sector organisations across the South East.