The SecEd Podcast: Eco-work and reducing carbon emissions in schools

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode looks at student-led eco-work in schools and how schools can reduce their carbon emissions. Our expert panel offers a range of ideas – large and small – for student-led projects and cost-saving initiatives.

The podcast has been inspired by SecEd’s support for the Let’s Go Zero campaign, which is supporting schools with this work.

During the discussion, which features both students and teachers, we ask why this work is important, what Let’s Go Zero is and how it works, and we also consider practical carbon reduction ideas, wider eco-work including single-use plastics and food waste, how student eco-teams can work, using the free En-ROADS simulator resource, and the Youth Climate Action Network.

We also discuss how schools can save money by prioritizing carbon reduction, including energy surveys & reducing energy use and procurement.

As well as hearing from Let’s Go Zero and two schools, we hear from two students as well who are passionate about this work.

The podcast is hosted by SecEd editor Pete Henshaw and our guests are:

  • Alex Green is schools manager at Let’s Go Zero: or follow the campaign @LetsGo_Zero.
  • Margaret Land is sustainability officer for the St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust.
  • Professor Becky Parker is head of science and head of physics at Benenden School, Kent.
  • Joshua is from the Eco-Team at St Francis Xavier School in Richmond, Yorkshire (part of St Margaret Clitherow CAT).
  • Izzy is a year 6 student at Our Lady's and St Peter's RC School in Bridlington (part of St Margaret Clitherow CAT).

You can listen to this episode of the SecEd Podcast above. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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