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Children learn how to become ‘Junior Environmental Champions’

Published 25/07/2013

Children from Wren Park School in Mickleover have been set a challenge by Derby Hospital’s facilities management team to come up with innovative ways to cut their School’s energy bill by ten percent, and become Junior Environmental Champions.

To learn more about saving energy the children visited the Royal Derby Hospital to look at its eco-friendly design. They also visited the energy centre and plant room and took a trip up to the helipad, the only roof-top helipad at a hospital in the East Midlands.

The children will present their findings and demonstrate how they have used their Junior Environmental Champion training to solve the challenges set. Certificates will be handed out to each child and prizes will be awarded to the groups who demonstrated the greatest impact in reducing the School’s energy bill.

Paul Brooks, assistant director of facilities management at the Trust, said: “We have worked with Wren Park School over a number of years on the ‘Junior Environmental Champion’ project and I am always amazed at the projects put forward by the children as well as their climate awareness. The knowledge they acquire through their project will benefit the school for the coming years. 

Sandra Alger, Year 6 teacher from Wren Park School said: “The children have worked very hard on this Environmental Champions project. They have really used their imaginations, artistic abilities and IT skills. They have also learnt a huge amount about renewable energy.” 

Derby Hospitals has the biggest NHS environmental champion scheme in the country, with over 101 members of staff who have volunteered to become environmental champions. These enthusiastic people help the Trust raise awareness about reducing waste, energy costs and saving water through the slogan ‘Turn Off or Turn Down’. Small changes such as turning off computers and lights can make a significant difference to the Trust’s energy use.


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


01332 785778

Last Modified 25/07/2013