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Date & time: 17 May 2011

Around 1500 schools from across the country have signed up to take part in the third annual Green Britain Day, founded by EDF Energy, on Wednesday May 18.

Around 1500 schools from across the country have signed up to take part in the third annual Green Britain Day, founded by EDF Energy, on Wednesday May 18. The schools taking part are using the day as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase 'green' projects.

Green Britain Day each year celebrates what Team Green Britain is doing to inspire others to take action against climate change. Team Green Britain was founded by EDF Energy in 2009, bringing together schools, communities, businesses and people to work together to save energy and money. There are now over a million people who are part of Team Green Britain.

EDF Energy, Britain's largest producer of low-carbon electricity, believes that climate change can only be tackled effectively by working together, so schools have also been encouraged to invite parents and the local community to see how they have been taking positive action to become more sustainable with the aim of inspiring them to be greener too.

Over 12,350 schools from EDF Energy's Programme for Greener Schools, the Pod, are being encouraged to take part in Green Britain Day activities. Celebration packs have gone out to the first 1,500 schools that registered for Green Britain Day, with bunting, posters, badges, and stickers to help decorate schools and get everyone involved. Since it was launched in 2008 the Pod has already engaged 2.5 million young people in sustainability.

Schools have been explaining their plans on 'the wall' at the Pod website, including litter-picking, planting trees, open days, creating and improving green spaces, nature areas and vegetable gardens, having picnics with local produce, building a recycled plastic bottle greenhouse and holding lessons outdoors.

As the first sustainability partner of London 2012, EDF Energy is using the inspirational qualities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to bring environmental issues to life for young people, helping to create a lasting sustainability legacy for the Games. The Pod is a key component of the London 2012 'Get Set' education network, providing teachers with the information and resources they need to teach green issues, and a simple framework for them to help students run green activities and share their work with others. 

Robyn Broughton, EDF Energy schools' programme manager, said: "It is fantastic that schools are joining others across the country to showcase their efforts to become more sustainable. Through The Pod thousands of schools are doing their bit for the environment and helping to inspire friends, family and the local community to make changes too.

"We can only tackle climate change effectively by working together as a team. As the UK's largest producer of low carbon electricity and London 2012's first sustainability partner, EDF Energy has created Team Green Britain to inspire people to take action against climate change ahead of 2012 so that we can showcase our green achievements when attention turns to the UK for the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

People can join the one million members of Team Green Britain and can get information and advice to help them save energy and money by visiting To find out more about the Pod, EDF Energy's programme for greener schools, visit


For more information and to set up photo opportunities at schools, please contact Mike Stuart in the EDF Energy press office on 07875112661.

Notes to editors

Team Green Britain

Team Green Britain was kicked off by EDF Energy, the UK's largest producer of low carbon electricity, in partnership with the Eden Project, Eco-Schools and London 2012. It is a growing group of people all across Britain doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint by changing their lives in ways which are better for them and the environment.

Green Britain Day, which began in 2009, is a day each year where schools, communities, businesses and other motivated people showcase and celebrate what the Team are doing as an inspiration to the rest of the country to join us.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In these commitments, we have pledged to reduce the carbon intensity of our electricity generation to just 250g/kWh by 2020 - a commitment which goes further than any of our competitors. We have also committed to lower the proportion of carbon arising from our customers' energy consumption by 15% by 2020.
For information about Team Green Britain go to and on the Pod

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customers and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in the UK.
EDF Energy's safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK's largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain's homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK's future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe's largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

What is the Pod?

Launched in September 2008, the Pod sits at the heart of EDF Energy's programme for greener schools.  It was developed to help EDF Energy meet its Social commitment of engaging with 2.5 million children by 2012 in learning about the sustainable use of energy - a target which was achieved early 2011.  The Pod now has over 12,000 registered schools and aims to make real and measurable difference to the energy usage and carbon output of schools across the UK and to provide practical support, activities and materials for teachers. is an interactive website for teachers providing free lesson plans, activities, assemblies, games and information all with cross curricular links. The content is currently aimed at key stages 1, 2 and 3. The ethos of the Pod is 'Share your ideas and inspire each other', which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their green projects - all of this great material can be seen on the Pod Gallery at In addition, the Pod runs three campaigns each year, all designed to help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage in living a more sustainable life.

Teaching materials have been written with the help of the Eden Project and all activities have been endorsed by Eco-Schools England, Eco-Schools is the largest environmental schools programme in the world. Completing any activity on the Pod will help with a school's application for a bronze, silver and green flag Eco-Schools award.

A growing community

Here's how Team Green Britain has grown since our launch in 2009

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