Some schools will already have an Eco-committee or similar which will take on this role. Other schools may choose to appoint a class to lead on energy efficiency. Decide which staff will support your team. In certain areas Energy Sparks can help support your Energy Team with visits or online sessions from trained volunteer Energy Mentors or with STEM Ambassadors. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Educate your team about climate change and energy by carrying out some of the Energy Sparks Learning activities. Make sure they are really knowledgeable about the importance of energy and climate change, at an appropriate level for their age. It is important that pupils have significant input into the decision-making process and take ownership of any energy saving plans made.
Set up the times and places for your team to meet, including when they will report to the school management team including governor representatives. Your team could split into several sub-groups focussing on different aspects of energy saving.
Your Energy Team will be responsible for reviewing the current energy use situation (using the Energy Sparks charts), developing an energy saving action plan, and monitoring, recording and reducing your energy use. They will particularly be responsible for communicating to your school community, conducting switch off campaigns and measuring how much energy is saved or wasted by pupil and staff behaviour. The group may decide to have a high profile energy efficiency campaign involving the whole school, possibly linked to a national initiative such as the Switch Off Fortnight
in November. The team will also need to revisit energy issues on a regular basis to ensure that changes made are sustained over time.