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Middlesea House Environmental Audit

EkoSkola committee members from 3 Green Flag schools conducted an environment audit at Middlesea House in Floriana on the 30th April. The students went through the building and checked out lights, water and paper usage, waste separation and other sustainability issues. Following this event, they went back to their schools and committees and based on what they observed, an action plan was prepared. This was presented to Middlesea officials on 30th May. The students suggested less use of disposable plastic; short-term and long-term energy efficiency measures; more accessibility to disabled persons and waste separation measures amongst others. Middlesea staff were very helpful throughout this exercise. The EkoSkola students are very keen to help the company further with its CSR and lowering its carbon footprint.

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Environmental Review at San Anton Palace and San Anton Kitchen Garden

Five EkoSkola Committee members from six nearby schools participated in an environmental review which took place at San Anton Palace and San Anton Kitchen GardenĀ on the 21st of March. The students and their link teachers were first guided through theĀ Piano Nobile of the Palace, under the expert guidance of the Palace Attendant Mr. John Mifsud. This was followed by the actual audit, for which the 6 groups were assigned to work in 3 different areas. The areas under study included the Palace halls and dining room, pantry, kitchen, offices, bathrooms, roof, 2 private gardens and the newly opened Kitchen Garden. A plenary session chaired by the National Coordinator Prof Paul Pace held in the Russian Chapel saw the student rapporteurs giving their first impressions which included the excellent cooperation from staff members, the absence of recycling bins and the amount of lighting in the Palace. As follow-up of this activity, the respective schools will formulate an action plan, which is another step within the EkoSkola Process. The Action Plan will then be presented to His Excellency Dr. George Abela. A group photo and a short break at Kitchen Garden concluded this activity.

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Energy Audit of the School Premises

The project has 4 phases. During phase 1 the months and days with the highest energy consumption by will be identified and reasons for such high consumptions will be researched. Phase 2 involves students studying each area of the school in the context of energy consumption. Studying an area involves identifying the objects that consume energy and studying for how long these are switched on during the week. Phase 3 involves the students researching about and finding solutions to decrease the energy consumption of the area that they would have studied. Phase 4 involves compiling a report and a formal presentation of all the findings from the students to be presented to the school administration and other stakeholders. Phase 1 involves a number of students keeping a log of the energy consumption of the school by taking a reading from the three school electricity meters everyday at the same time. This will enable the students to study and analyse the data to try and find patterns of consumption. The months and days with the highest energy consumption will be identified and reasons for such high consumptions will be researched. Phase 2 involves students studying each area of the school in the context of energy consumption. Each student involved in the project has identified an area which he or she will be studying. Studying an area involves identifying the objects that consume energy and studying for how long these are switched on during the week. This can is being done with the use of direct observation, or questionnaires. Phase 1 and 2 are being tackled concurrently. Phase 3 involves the students researching about and finding solutions to decrease the energy consumption of the area that they would have studied. Phase 4 involves compiling a report and a formal presentation of all the findings from the students to be presented to the school administration and other stakeholders such as canteen, bookshop and gym owners, the librarian and the students’s council. These will then hopefully start to implement the changes suggested by the study. Students are presenting a monthly report of their research and findings to each other during designated presentation sessions. These sessions help to target areas of weaknesses in the research, to help students share ideas and to encourage students in their work.

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