Brent students tackle environmental issues at school

11:30 a.m. February 8, 2022

Brent students have worked hard to help make their school and community more environmentally friendly.

Preston Manor School in Wembley was visited by councilors Brent Krupa Sheth and Thomas Stephen on February 1 to celebrate various environmental projects set up by students.

The Eco-Leaders, a leadership group made up of pupils from Preston Manor, set up a project called Eco Manor last year to help raise awareness of environmental issues on Earth Day (April 22).

The group is now working with transnational environmental corporation Veoila to bring positive environmental change to their community and school.

At the end of last year, a project saw a group of 12th graders take part in Veolia’s sustainable school competition.

The competition asked students to choose an environmental issue facing their school or local community and describe how they would tackle it.

Sixth year students from Preston Manor submitted a video pitch their idea.

Although they didn’t win the first prize of £300 seed funding, the group received a second prize of wildflowers and expert advice to grow their own bee garden.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, portfolio holder for the environment, congratulated the students for their idea.

The adviser added: “It is very encouraging to see the enthusiasm of young people and to hear their innovative ways of helping us on our collective journey to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.

A second project involved 9th graders working with Veolia mentors in a 12-week program.

The group did a video presenting their plans to reduce the single use of plastics in their school by promoting reusable bottles.

They received funding from Veolia which will be used to buy reusable bottles with school drawings created by students.

During their visit, counselors and students discussed how they could expand the reach of their projects beyond their school, helping the wider Brent community.

Gisela Endres, Senior Contracts Manager at Veolia Brent, said: “I am hopeful for the future of Brent and, with Veolia’s continued support to schools, we hope to inspire a long-term passion for sustainability and empower future generations.