Energy Management LLP has launched its treebate scheme: free trees to schools, colleges and academies that enter into a partnership with the Wiltshire-based business.
The inspiration behind treebate came about while the company exhibited at recent Academies Show at the NEC in Birmingham, where 250 Christmas trees were given away to visitors to the Energy Management stand, many of whom came from Education Trusts and standalone schools and academies.
Feedback was so favourable, “the best giveaway I’ve ever had,” commented one delegate, that Energy Management CEO Steve Retford thought it would be a great idea to extend the gesture beyond the exhibition and help engage schoolchildren with eco-friendly issues.
“We’re all striving for a greener future so any Education Trust or standalone academy or school that signs a contract with Energy Management will receive trees, free of charge, to plant within their grounds,” he said.
“Hopefully, through treebate, we’ll help the government to reach their target to plant 11 million new trees by 2020.”
In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive 26,000 miles – that’s over twice the national average for an individual car user and more than a lifetime of school runs.
Mr Retford added: “As we believe that energy education is fundamental to the future of the planet, one of our engineers will be happy to come into partner schools and academies to have a talk on energy-related issues and help students engage in the subject.
“There are many ways in which schools and the individual pupils can be more energy efficient and we’d be more than happy to pass on the knowledge that we’ve built up over many years.”
Energy Management has a proud track record in helping educational establishments save on their energy costs.
In 2011, North Somerset County Council (NSCC) sought the help of Energy Management’s expertise and continues to reap the benefits today.
Simply by checking billing errors and securing the best fuel prices at the right time, Energy Management’s procurement and invoice validation service alone has saved NSCC, and its 58 schools and academies, a quarter of a million pounds over the last three years.