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Children lead the way to a greener world
8th November 2009

Switch off lights and computers when we don’t need them, recycle those sweet wrappers and walk to work: those were some of the logical suggestions from a group of children from St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School in Maidenhead when they visited Slough during Energy Week.

The week-long site event in November was to celebrate 11% enegy reduction at Slough through a variety of energy conserving initiatives. The wide range of ongoing activities has resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in overall energy usage. This is part of Mars’ wider environmental commitment to a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.

The visit from the primary school children, who had won an Eco-Schools Green Flag award for their sustainability work, highlighted the desire across the generations to preserve the world’s resources. The children talked enthusiastically about their ‘green’ activities, which included carbon-free Fridays and a ‘wipe out waste’ competition.

Since 2005, Mars has funded 45 consultancy visits to schools to offer expert sustainability advice, as part of its community programme. St Edmund Campion was one of the first and almost all the schools have gone on to receive an Eco-Schools award.

Every Mars Chocolate UK associate was given a free energy monitor to help keep an eye on electricity usage at home, saving money and reducing the environmental impact. “Associates were really pleased with their energy monitors and were eager to share stories of how they were using them in their home,” said Matt Salisbury, Supply Sustainability leader. “People told me how surprised they were by the amount of energy appliances like the kettle consumes.”

Representatives from the Energy Savings Trust visited the cafeteria to hand out advice – and low energy light-bulbs – on how to save energy. Associates were encouraged to make a pledge to reduce their energy consumption – and win a t-shirt. Over 150 associates were happy to put pen to paper and make the commitment to a greener way of life. Energy week was organised by the site’s Green Team -

James Hay, Kay Nicholls, Val Stenning, Emma Webbon, Jim Carpenter, Matthew Salisbury, Peter Orr, Gerald Pitter and Terry Fowler.

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