London Schools Environment Awards

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You have stated that the withdrawal of funding by sponsors of the London Schools Environment Awards led to "a major budget shortfall within the programme, making it impossible to take forward". What efforts did you make to find alternative sources of funding for these popular and successful awards?


Answer for London Schools Environment Awards

Answer for London Schools Environment Awards

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The former sponsors of the London Schools Environment Awards are active players in the world of environmental education and have both launched new school education programmes. There are over half a dozen schemes in London working with schools to promote environmental awareness. The GLA group continues to engage with schools on environmental issues; examples include through school travel plans, and Capital Growth. More than 70 per cent of London's schools have a travel plan in place, and this has led to 3.3 million fewer school run journeys in London. I recently launched the Capital Growth programme, which aims to identify suitable patches of land on which to grow food. I particularly hope that schools join in so that children can help to produce good, locally grown produce, helping to cut carbon emissions associated with the transport of food. I would welcome further ideas as to how we can work with schools to introduce projects that lead to real carbon reductions and other environmental improvements.