St Albans school reduces energy use to combat climate change

Alban City School in St Albans has taken steps to reduce energy use and take action on climate chang

Alban City School in St Albans has taken steps to reduce energy use and take action on climate change. Picture: Alban City School - Credit: Archant

A St Albans primary school has taken action on climate change by reducing its energy use and becoming a zero-carbon electricity consumer.

Alban City School in Hatfield Road is a member of the Eco-Schools programme and a supporter of Sustainable St Albans, and has developed a sustainability programme which is woven into school life.

The school has selected a green energy provider, changed all its light fittings to LEDs and implemented a new lighting plan, which has reduced the number of light fittings used in the school by 40 per cent.

Gordon Baisley, a school governor who led the lighting project, said: "Both projects massively reduce our environmental impact. And, importantly at a time of school budget cuts, significantly reduce our costs."

Along with a group of parents, Gordon is working on sustainableclub.co.uk, a website to share sustainability ideas with other schools.