Upgrade to environmentally-friendly lighting in schools thanks to grant

Published

Lighting will be upgraded in several schools across the borough to make it more environmentally-friendly thanks a £205,000 grant.

The funding, from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, will be used to switch to LEDs across 14 council buildings: 12 schools, plus Maidenhead Library and the Tinkers Lane Depot in Windsor.

The work will be undertaken during the school holidays this summer, ready for the return of children in September.
Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, said: “Schools are responsible for more than 40% of our carbon emissions as a council and therefore it’s imperative that we invest to reduce their environmental impact. 

“This project will go towards reducing those emissions and make an important contribution towards the council’s adopted Environment and Climate Strategy, which sets out our vision and actions to achieve the borough's net-zero emissions target by 2050.

“We’ll be working with schools closely over the coming years to identify opportunities for further projects as well as supporting them on their journey towards a more sustainable future.”

The decarbonisation scheme has enabled public sector organisations to fund energy efficiency upgrades in public buildings with the aim of tackling climate change and supporting the economic recovery from the pandemic.

The Royal Borough’s project will also improve the learning environment for hundreds of children across the borough as a result of improved light direction, meaning better lit work surfaces.

The schools that will have work undertaken are:
Alexander First School, Windsor
Bovne Hill School, Maidenhead
Braywood School, Windsor
Churchmead School, Datchet
Courthouse School, Maidenhead
Furze Platt Junior School, Maidenhead
Holy Trinity School, Sunningdale
King’s Court School, Windsor
Oakfield First School, Windsor
St Edward’s First School, Windsor
Waltham St Lawrence School
Wessex School, Maidenhead

For further information on what the council is doing to improve the sustainability of the borough, please visit https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/environment-and-waste/energy-and-sustainability