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Chance to win £100K green school makeover

Generation Green from British Gas invites pupils to design an energy saving school of the future

Posted by Hannah Oakman | May 05, 2015 | Sustainability

British Gas is challenging youngsters to submit their designs for an energy-saving school of the future, for a chance to win an energy makeover worth up to £100,000 for their school.  The competition is open to schools across Scotland, Wales, the North West of England and Yorkshire and Humber.

The most innovative design ideas will be shortlisted and four schools within each region (two primary schools and two secondary schools) will be selected to compete in a dance-off final in Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester.

Previous winning ideas in the Generation Green competition have included proposals for a windmill in the school playground producing extra energy, a ‘Tap Robot’ that turns taps off for the children if they forget, and a pavement that generates electricity when people walk on it.

The finalists will perform an energy-inspired dance for the opportunity to win solar panels, new boilers and other energy saving technology for their school. They will showcase their best moves in front of a packed crowd on a special dance mat that generates energy.

A panel of local judges will decide the primary and secondary school with the best performances. 

The winning secondary school will receive an energy makeover worth up to £100,000 and the winning primary school will receive a makeover worth up to £50,000. The two runners up will each win an energy saving prize worth up to £25,000.  

As well as modernising schools with the latest technology, the makeover could save schools up to £7,000 a year on their energy bills.

Sarah Fanthorpe, Regional Director at British Gas, said: “The Generation Green competition isn’t just a great opportunity to learn about saving energy and the latest technology that is helping the environment – it’s a chance for them to win their school an energy makeover.”

Generation Green

The competition is part of British Gas’ Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community.  

British Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 400,000 tonnes of CO2.

Schools can enter by visiting  and downloading the competition form, lesson plans and learning resources. Entries must be in by 18May 2015. The competition is open to all schools across Scotland and Wales, and certain regions across the North West of England and Yorkshire and the Humber.

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