Macmillan Academy first registered as an Eco- school almost 10 years ago. These schools demonstrate reductions in carbon, waste, and water. They also promote healthier living and encourage community cohesion. In 2010 we were successful in achieving the highest award, the Green Flag Award which we have held now for 6 years and is on display at the front of the academy.
It is everyone's responsibility to live our daily lives in a sustainable way that respects the environment and conserves valuable resources. It is important to think globally but act locally!
Students can get involved by joining the Eco-Council which has representatives across all year groups including sixth form. Ideas can also be sent via the FROG page.
We are already doing a whole range of things to promote sustainability here at the academy. These include:
Turbines and solar panels are installed on site to harvest energy from renewable sources. We encourage the switching off of lights and computers, closing windows and we have installed low energy bulbs to reduce our energy usage. We buy local products to save our C footprint.
last year students litter picked in and outside the campus to help the community and wildlife.
Bags and bins are available in classrooms and offices for paper and plastic bottle recycling. Recently Northumbrian water swapped plastic for reusable water bottles. We use recycled material where possible and have a battery recycling scheme in place.
Some toilet bricks are installed to reduse water usage and many of our taps have an automatic turn off.
Many staff are involved in the love to ride national cycling scheme and an increasing number of our students bike to school. Our policy is no sweets in the academy and we have great healthier lunch choices.
We have an established eco garden, allotment plots and a wildflower orchard. In previous years students ( including Eco- council members) have planted bulbs at Stewarts park. Camped out in the woods. Completed book reviews. Built bird boxes. Grown vegetables. Planted native tree species to improve local woodlands.
Exciting developments are taking place in the Ecogarden including the planting of medicinal plants to form an apothecary garden just like in Harry Potter and our frog population continues to thrive.
Other projects we would like to get involved with include: