Artelia unveils winners of its inaugural Eco Warriors Schools Competition

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Artelia, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and co-sponsors, TClarke and Oakray, is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Artelia Eco Warriors Hertfordshire Schools competition. This exciting initiative aimed at fostering environmental stewardship and sustainability education in schools.

The Eco Warriors competition exemplifies Artelia’s commitment to nurturing sustainability and environmental consciousness in the communities where we operate. Artelia has worked with the Council for the past five years delivering a programme of sustainable repairs and maintenance works for schools across the County and begins a further phase of works this year.

The winner of the competition is Walkern Primary School, who are awarded a prize of £2,000 to support the implementation of their eco-initiatives. Walkern Primary School impressed the judges with their focus on refining the classroom design for enhanced energy efficiency, crafting a sustainable playground from recycled plastics, and incorporating a vegetable patch and wildflower garden to enhance biodiversity. Runners-up, Prae Wood Primary School and Rivers ESC, each receive £500 to further bolster their sustainability efforts.

Prizes were formally presented to Walkern Primary School, Prae Wood Primary School, and Rivers ESC in a ceremony, at County Hall in Hertford.

In a joint statement, Hertfordshire County Council representatives Cllr Caroline Clapper, Executive Member for Education, Cllr Mark Mills-Bishop, Deputy Executive Member for Education; and Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for The Environment, commended the initiative, saying, “We are thrilled to witness such innovative and inspiring ideas from Hertfordshire’s schoolchildren. This competition underscores the importance of engaging with young people around sustainability issues, and we are proud to support this initiative alongside Artelia.

James Holland, Projects Director of Oakray, and Phil Giddings, Operations Director of TClarke, co-sponsors of the competition, expressed their pride in being part of such a vital initiative promoting environmental awareness.

Toni Dalton, Project Director at Artelia, emphasized the collaborative nature of the competition, stating, “We believe in the power of partnerships to drive positive change. It’s been an honour to work alongside Hertfordshire County Council, Oakray, and TClarke in nurturing sustainability initiatives among the schools we are working with.”

Artelia and Hertfordshire County Council will be eagerly following the progress of the winning schools’ sustainability projects as they come to fruition.